Asha Of the Air: a book mixing Western and South Asian influences

India West Staff Reporter

LOS ANGELES, CA – In filmmaker and novelist John Huddles’ new tale, the youngest daughter of an old house breaks up with the abusive prince she married when she was 17, thinking he would save her from his troubles, before taking an epic journey of body and mind to gain self-knowledge and empowerment over one’s own life.

The previews were widely appreciated as a blend of Western and South Asian influences. A blend of legend, adventure and spiritual exploration, “Asha Of The Air” melds European chivalric tradition and the teachings of Hindu scriptures to create a brilliantly immersive world where fantasy and science, history and myth combine to form a tale of intense emotion.

Asha’s story is surprisingly relevant to how today, in 2022, we are renegotiating gender power relations and learning to balance the urge to dominate with the need to love.

The story begins in the distant future, in a city floating among the clouds. Here, a translator of ancient languages ​​casts his mind to the surface of a long uninhabited land and six thousand years in the past to tell the story of Asha, a possibly mythical, possibly factual princess, or Raajakumaaree in the language of his time.

When Asha’s life of beauty and privilege, the compensation for her poisoned marriage, finally unravels, it sets her on an epic yaatra, a journey into the real and psychological desert. Along the way, she must imagine a path beyond the totality of her past mistakes – before hope itself comes to an end.

Huddles is a screenwriter, director and novelist. His writing career began as editor of Brown University’s student magazine and as one of Brown’s first-ever undergraduate writing fellows. He is also a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.

The book is published by Notable Publishing on April 26, according to a press release.

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