My latest for Northwest Asian Weekly. Happy reading!
“Soliloquy in Tibet”
By Anne Park
Aventine Press, 2010
“What is the meaning of life? Why are we here?”
Although everyone asks these questions from time to time, not many people truly think about them and contemplate the answers. At age 23, Maya is among the few who really want to know why we were put on this planet. Originally from Hong Kong but studying in Tibet, the philosophy student becomes restless and unsettled as she struggles with the purpose of her existence.
Maya becomes disturbed when she and her friends attempt to see their future souls. Having tried several times in the past, but coming up unsuccessful, the group sees the activity as nothing more than a game. The game is no longer fun for Maya when she not only sees her future soul, but sees herself as a Buddhist monk.
Questioning the consequences of seeing into one’s future, Maya embarks on a journey that is nothing less than a roller coaster of emotion filled with love, loss, and heartbreak. With each leg, she faces challenges — physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Despite everything that she goes through, Maya remains strong and doesn’t lose faith or abandon the commitments that she made to herself and others, no matter how much she is tempted to do so.
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