Yajnyawalkya: a novel based on the writer's insights into ancient Indian Upanishads, it depicts Yajnyawalkya's journey towards self-realization. It is also an attempt to understand the human condition. The writer is rooted in the philosophy of existentialism. However, there is no need to relate to any philosophy, known or unknown. A readiness to understand humanity takes us along the path of Upanishads. 'Yajnyawalkya' is the name of the quest for eternal life. 'Maitreyi' is the script of that quest. The quest did not die, because unknown to her, every Maitreyi carries the knowledge of deathlessnes, the nectar of life, within her.