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A romance to help you find your true self and spirituality by having lots of sex 
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Jeffrey Dharma and Remus Jallow, a Gambian palm tapper are in India on a search for Cosmic Love. Jeffrey's wife, Sylvia gets caught up in a bloody conflict in West Africa with sexually dysfunctional people trafficker, Bob Jatta. A Botswana hit-man is hired by Jatta to arrange a fatal accident for Sylvia but can't decide whose side he should be on. Jeffrey and Remus eventually find a woman, a former Japanese Adult Video idol, who helps them on their path to sexual enlightenment and the truth of creation. They are guided by a charismatic ageless man who they think may be the real Jesus and the porn queen's grown up aborted daughter. Inspiration also comes from the words and music of song writer and poet Leonard Cohen.
The Indian sequences in the book were written on location in Orissa over a three month period in 2017. I’ve travelled in many parts of Africa and India and most of the characters in DHARMA SUTRA are drawn on real people I have met. This is especially so when it comes to the Remus Jallow character, I’ve changed his name but my meeting with him in West Africa in December 2001 did change the course of my life. The idea for the book came to me when I met an Indian sadhu in Pushkar, Rajasthan in 2004, he could have been the twin of my Gambian friend. A moment of enlightenment in the Jagannath temple on Puri beach, December 2011 brought me a new perception, leading to the creation of my alter ego, Jeffrey Dharma. The book covers many ‘What if?’ moments in my life, beginning with, ‘What if my father had taken up the challenge to ride the Wall of Death?’ to ‘What if my wife and I had bought the Crocs Apartment block in Bakau, the Gambia?’ which we had a notion to purchase.


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I so very much enjoyed your book David, I'm recommending it all the people who come into my shop. You changed your life from comic strip artist to novelist and the book is a great help to anyone looking for a new direction in life. Just like your hero Jeffrey Dharma, your reader discovers that it's never too late to start living the big adventure. I loved your comics work but you paint even better with words, you've always had a brilliant visual imagination and now you've learnt to take your reader to worlds beyond their dreams. Thank you for this brilliant work and for showing me the beauty of this planet that we are born on.



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I've read DHARMA SUTRA and found it inspirational and a revelation that life can truly begin when we reach middle age. Curiously I found myself drawn to comic strip artist, Jeffrey Dharma rather than his headstrong wife, Sylvia. Jeffrey seems to have given his life over to a career he believed he wanted but found only disillusionment. He is a frustrated adventurer and what adventures he has had are confined to the drawing board. He appears to have had little support from Sylvia, yet she expects him to endorse her move to West Africa. In his position I to should have happily taken off for India in search of self-fulfilment, how many of us who didn’t have the courage or resources to take a gap year when we were young, wished we had done so? Jeffrey shows us that it is never too late, from the time he walks away from his drawing board, his life becomes one long gap year. The Hindus have a name for this time of life, Vanaprastha, gradually withdrawing from responsibilities. I’m not sure if the Hindus allow their women to follow this path but as soon as the last of my lot goes to university, I’m off.
I’ve actually looked into going to Dharamsala myself to teach English to the Tibetan refugees. I think I have found the charitable trust that Jeffrey calls Cho; I’m going to see if I can contact David Pugh, the author, to ask if he can confirm this. I see he’s on Facebook as David Sannyasin Pugh, Sannyasin being the contemplative last stage of life. From what I can see from his pages, he has a Fan Page from his own comic artist days; he has far from settled down and is now writing the third Jeffrey Dharma novel. I don’t think the second book The Transfiguration of Jeffrey Dharma is in print but I shall buy it as soon as it is released.
I have reread the first novel three times; there is so much insight and wisdom about the truth of existence that I couldn’t absorb on first reading. It has turned my view of the universe upside down, though I don’t think the universe has a North and South Pole. The universe that Jeffrey Dharma shows us has an infinite number of levels, populated by humans, transhumans, ghosts and spirits all created by our massed imagination.
I loved the Star Child, Tenshi Tengoku, an aborted child who is spirited away by angels and grows up in the School for Stolen Children, only to return to our world by the need to satisfy her teenage sex drive! She is a magical character, a Puck like sprite who has a sense of wonder for the glory and fragility of humankind. A friend of mine reluctantly went through a termination, I read to her the relevant chapters explaining Tenshi’s existence and she cried at the beauty of the thought that her child might also be having a happy and magical existence beyond our small world. Had the child survived and grown, her life on Earth would be nothing more than endless pain from intrusive operations and without sight or hearing, her stimulation would be very limited. Better to think of her child being educated in the truth of existence in the School for Stolen Children and perhaps returning occasionally to give her mother comfort, like Tenshi gives to Shizuko.
As a teacher I find myself compelled to write a conclusion to this little critique, not easy without lapsing into cliché. It’s a must read and it has honestly changed my life for the better, I look at the world with new eyes and I am filled with hope, that the best time of my life is still to come.



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Hi Ruth, that was hardly a "Quick Reply", you must have been up all night! It's very interesting to read another person's perspective on such a fascinating book. You make me want to read Dharma Sutra again because you picked up things that I had glossed over. I think I was too engrossed in the action, which reminded me of David's days as an adventure artist. I first saw his inspirational artwork in the pages of 2000AD, the weekly British science fiction comic. His interpretation of the Celtic warrior Slaine, written by Pat Mills, was dynamic and his visualisations extraordinary, particularly his imagining of the recurring villain, the cold blooded Elfric. The battle of Clontarf fight sequence between Slaine and Elfric was choreographed like a ballet or more like a classic martial arts movie. David’s organic feel for visualising action comes to the front in the violent African showdown. I remember reading that David took yearly sabbaticals from the drawing board and spent long periods of time travelling in India, the insights and observations show clearly in the novel. I loved his vividly drawn word painting of Remus Jallow’s mystical time on Chennai beach and the wordless romance he shares with the ghost like woman who attends him in the sadhu’s beach tent. David evokes a sense of timelessness which is shattered by a snake like malefactor. The novel benefits from David's time spent in the imaginary worlds of Science Fiction, he shows the reader that the universe we inhabit is a stranger place than we believe we live in every day. He asks us to open our mind to the infinite possibilities of existence and enjoy our brief time here while we can and not to worry so much, we are creatures with immense souls and eternal changing lives.



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Yours is hardly a "Quick Reply" either Robin. I have to come clean and admit that I wrote a review on Goodreads, as I so wanted to share this book with as many people as I could. It has such a feel good factor that I went looking for other people who enjoyed it as much as I did. So I used some of it here as this is a very user friendly website, I wish I'd found it years ago.



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I'll check your review on Goodreads, I've already posted a piece on there as I'm so keen to get as many people as I can to read Dharma Sutra, it's so wonderful. Dharma Sutra's website is now up and running http://davidpugh.ampbk.com/ the news page has a link to the YouTube talk he made last summer, youtube.com/watch?v=wc9RNEdv-So&fea ... e=youtu.be I was fascinated to see that the video was shot at Trefil Quarry, as a Science Fiction fan I reognised the location as the setting for several Doctor Who episodes. doctorwholocations.net/locations/trefil ... efilquarry



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This is a sock puppet conversation and strictly against the BookTalk.org rules, specifically Rule #2.



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Hi Chris, I know these two, they think that they're helping me out as they genuinely liked the book. I've asked them not to do this as they've been already removed from another forum.



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All posts are coming from the same computer so you should check your closets. They may be hiding in there.


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My God Chris, you were right! I found them in the closet! I'm going to have to charge them rent.



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This is great. Don't delete this post Chris. Ban the guy and leave it up as an example of scumbag marketing that isn't permitted.


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Your perfectly correct to adopt this attitude, it's almost as bad as Austin Macauley actually not putting the book in the
shops. I would be very surprised if anyone on your forum has actually seen an Austin Macauley book in a bookshop. I was warned not to go with them, one person said they were no more than a Vistaprint publisher i.e. just printing to order. The book was released on June 28 in the UK but no one I know has been able to buy a copy. Amazon UK gives a three to four month delivery date.



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