‘The Scent of God’: Saikat Majumdar’s new novel bursts with sensory beauty but refuses to go deeper

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In the Mahabharata, the Pandavas build a palace made of reflective surfaces that mirror the world on which they stand – the Mayasabha. The palace’s floors reflect pools of water, making it hard to distinguish the surfaces from depth.

To draw on this metaphor, the meta spaces that stand between us and that which is reflected offer a moment of introspection, contemplating how we appear to ourselves and the people who stand next to us. If we draw this metaphor further we can think about the ways in which we write and the ways in which we present our writings to our readers.