This essay is a work of redemption: ‘birth-ritual and a funeral rite’; a billet-doux to bureaucracy, humanity, philosophy; a basil petal (Tulasidala) from a citizen of Bharatavarsha to the Western Hemisphere.
The attempt throughout is to make it into an emotional-experiential-existential-poetic-philosophic whole, by distillation and chiseling; in a word, a metaphysical metaphor.
As the poet says, “For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.”
From the Preface
Nightmare and Network consists of thematic interweaving of considerable complexity, moving inward and outward to culminate finally in a broad humanistic perspective. It is at once poetic and philosophic, each dimension reinforcing the other, giving this its own character as a highly individualized process philosophy.
Harold Zyskind, Professor of Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook
A successful and original contribution to that difficult region of writing formed by the intersecting of literature, philosophy, and religion…
Stanley Cavell, Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
K. Srinivasa Sastry obtained his Ph.D. in English for his dissertation on the imagery in the works of Rabindranath Tagore from Andhra University, Waltair, India. He taught at several institutions in India. Later he did research on the influence of Indian philosophy on Western writers at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Part of that work, Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Advaita, was published by Doaba House, Delhi, India. Writers Workshop, Calcutta, India published four volumes of his poems: An Aria of Ecstasy, Beyond the Grave, Across the Ocean, and Thus Speaks the Phoenix. K. Srinivasa Sastry is with the Department of English, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. He is at present working on a mythic-metaphysical work.