Monday, December 9, 2013

Authors Sharan Kumar Arunachalam And Gary Corcoran Release Suspense Novel, 'The Slow Train To Rishikesh'

With hints of Kipling and ancient Hindustan as a backdrop, 'The Slow Train to Rishikesh' is a riveting tale of love and greed, set against the corruption of modern day India

Sharan Kumar Arunachalam and Gary Corcoran have announced the recent release of 'The Slow Train To Rishikesh', a spellbinding novel set in modern day India.

When Hiresh, a thirty-something investigator for the Central Bureau of Investigation is ordered to abandon his vacation in Rishikesh and go investigate a minor poisoning incident in the city of Indore, he soon finds this minor incident has blown up into a full scale catastrophe, with shoddily run factories, hundreds of people dead from pesticide poisoning and corporate malfeasance everywhere he turns. As Hiresh has seen hundreds of times before, unchecked capitalism and systematic payoffs have combined with greed and negligence to place profits above the well-being of everyday citizens. Worse still, Hiresh’s investigation quickly leads him to a shocking conclusion. This poisoning incident appears to have been the result of a deliberate act. But why? And by whom? Hinted at but never fully revealed until later in the story, Hiresh has a dark secret in his past, a history that leads him inexorably back to just this sort of industrial accident.

"The Slow Train To Rishikesh", Corcoran stated, "is a mesmerizing journey through the underbelly of Indian society, where deals are struck to save reputations, the public is deluded by a false sense of justice and the next industrial disaster is always waiting to happen around the next corner. Yet this book is really dedicated to people like Hiresh and his accidental British partner from Human Rights Watch, Chelsea, who together go on fighting the good fight, despite a deck seemingly stacked high against them."

Gary Corcoran is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'The Slow Train To Rishikesh' is available at Amazon. More information is available at Corcoran's website at

About The Authors:

Born in Chennai, southern India and to a prosperous merchant family, Sharan Kumar initially pursued a career in fashion design but soon realized his real passion was in film making. This led to several years in college and a stint at New York Film Academy, after which he returned to India, where he now works as a screenwriter in the film industry. In need of an English speaking author to assist him with turning his ideas for The Slow Train to Rishikesh into prose, Mr. Kumar hired Mr. Corcoran as his collaborator.

The product of an Irish/Italian family, the ‘60s folk music/coffee house scene and a survivor of the psychedelic journey that concluded that decade, Mr. Corcoran was transplanted from New England to the cookie cutter, stucco subdivisions south of LA in his youth and has been writing about that unexpected journey for many years. The author of numerous books, Mr. Corcoran currently resides in Laguna Beach, California and travels frequently to the solitude of Baja California for inspiration.

Mr. Kumar and Mr. Corcoran wrote this novel out of a shared passion for justice, economic fairness and a sustainable future. Mr. Kumar was inspired to write this book while rusticating at his father’s black pepper and cherry robusta coffee farm outside of Kerala. Mr. Corcoran was drawn in by the opportunity to bring India’s ancient but rapidly modernizing culture to life.


Gary Corcoran