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Migrations, Volume I : Don't Forget to Breathe Kindle Edition

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Length: 272 pages Series: Migrations (Book 1)

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"...he could imagine the Dust spiraling in corners, plotting en masse an elaborate offensive upon those who sought seclusion from the outside Universe.  The Dust:  it was older than Time, bound by its allegiance to the Tangible--to the very Physical Substance of creation-- to make pointed attacks fueled by conspiracy upon its bitter rival, the amorphously-composed Intangible Will.   This conflict, too, was older than time: one that had always existed and one that continues perpetually between the abstractions of Tangible Form and those of Intangible Will, the two locked in eternal combat for they could know no other state than to oppose the infringement of each upon the confines of the other. The tangible, however, was more resolved--more given to complicity--for without this, there was no hope of overcoming the tenacity of something so refined.  Accordingly, there were many natures to such Dust, many inclinations that Bunnu was impelled to delineate--for the sake of convenience--by arbitrary color.  For example, red dust, though it wasn't truly red, came as a result of an incredible shift in gravitational force, perhaps from an explosion of a vast star in a distant galaxy.  The particles of dust traveled and accumulated through void, attracting each to the other by sheer weight of their micro-gravities as they fused with hot gas to form masses, which would loom in stasis for many billions of years and later crumble to their constituents in vast explosions, sending each particle off again upon its own distinct immaculate trajectory. These particles carry with them their memories in aggregation of them with their associates and of their associates with their collection of foregone associates, allowing them by means of interconnecting social networks to seek old members of former almae matres (i.e. one particle of red dust recognizes another that he had once been fused together with to form a rock on the surface of a distant planet and seeks to relive old glories together.  The particle, in question, however, is wedged between the teeth of a beached whale, and thus the alliance-seeking granule, must seek to merge with the whale itself in order for this reunion to become a reality)..."

About the Author

Ashim Shanker has never been, and probably isn't yet, but certainly aspires to be. Surely, one day he MIGHT be, but there is no guarantee he WILL be. He was disappointed to find out yesterday upon waking that he still wasn't, nor would he be for the rest of the day. But still, today has not yet passed. So we must wait and see. In the meantime,  we cannot rule out the possibility, however negligible, that he will have been at some point in the distant horizon. Yet, for the present, we are still faced with the bleak and disheartening probability that he never was, nor shall ever be. Whatever comes of such confusing matters, he nonetheless appreciates the interest of the reader and apologizes in advance for any time that is sure to be wasted in pointlessly deciphering the befuddling words of this trifling wannabe.

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  • File Size: 504 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408AYL8
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The son of Indian immigrants, Ashim Shanker was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University, and worked in New York in the wireless communications industry briefly before relocating to Tokyo, Japan, where he was employed for 11 years as a teacher and a content planner for textbooks and learning software. Working 3-4 different jobs at any given time, he managed to write and independently publish his first novel, "Don't Forget to Breathe," in 2008. Upon finishing, he decided to continue the narrative as a series entitled "Migrations," and proceeded to write its second installment, "Only the Deplorable" (2013). This was quickly followed by his first book of poems and short stories, "Sinew of the Social Species" (2014). Currently, Shanker's books are read in over 80 countries.

His experiences teaching in international and public school environments have contributed to his fervent advocacy for systemic reform in global educational policy and delivery. Hoping in the future to devise educational environments which offer greater outlets for exploratory learning and intercultural understanding, he is currently pursuing graduate study in International Education Policy at Harvard University. He is also currently working on the third installment of the "Migrations" series. In his own words: "Writing has always been both the catalyst and the fuel for my external endeavors. My only hope is that it will remain so." Ashim Shanker currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Scott Czonstka on May 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
In the first novel by author Ashim Shanker, a truly original and thought-provoking tale is told that certainly challenges the reader.
The summary provided for the product should be more than enough prompting for you to pick this book up. Mysterious, humorous, and just plain weird are the first impressions it leaves. The author never takes himself too seriously, throwing things into the mix, seemingly just to make you laugh; however, not every idea presented is a throwaway. If this one doesn't make you think a little, then there is no hope for you, you mindless zombie!
Keep a thesaurus handy because things get somewhat confusing ( at least for my limited intellect ), but the payoff of the story is more than worth any effort you put into it.
The visual picture that is painted by the author is amazin! He needs to meet up with a good artist and adapt this wonder into a graphic novel. Bunnu, O, the Hentai Chefs, the Mumtaz, Coach, Ottoman-13 and the Asoka Plains Detention Facility, all lend themselves so well to the medium.
BUY THIS BOOK, read it, and enjoy as the waters of the Placenta-C wash over you in bliss!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald on June 6, 2013
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this book is.......hmmmm.......convulted. kinda like a sci fi version of a book that i read years ago about an untouchable. the other book was quite good. this book while humorous tended to waste 2 and 3 pages at a time on thoughts and irrelevancies that could have been done in a single normal sized paragraph. its kinda snobbish. like this guy talks long and above people so that we see how great his mind is. meanwhile during the oohs. and aahs. no one has a clue what the hell he means. or does this snobbery mean that you only want a small selection of readers? P.S. THE END SUCKS.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 29, 2011
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This has to a first for me. I won't buy this book solely on the discribtion because Frankly I couldn't understand any of it! I have been escaping and enjoying books for more than 50 yrs, and have never seen anything like this-except in maybe an astrophysics book, but then I actually did understand some of that. Maybe the desccript simply had to many 5 syllable words for me!
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This item is what it was represented to be, and I am most appreciative of the fact that I received what I paid for.
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