If you do not become what you once aspired to become, does it matter?
‘The Aspirant’ looks for an answer to this perennial question. It is the story of a young man who once wanted to become a Carmelite monk, but ended up becoming a monk of a different order – a civil servant. The disillusionment with the way monastic life was practiced, made him take this new direction.
The journey ahead as a bureaucrat in CAG’s institution took the author to many places across the globe and caused him to meet several people – ordinary people with extraordinary stories – and those stories add extra layers to this memoir. And all through his life’s varied voyages, a part of him remained as a monk.
‘The Aspirant’ attempts to demystify two venerable institutions – the church and the bureaucracy – with a tinge of irreverence but without an iota of malice.