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.
Prof. Sushama Karnik graduated from Elphinstone College, Mumbai, with English as principal and Sanskrit as subsidiary subject. She did her post-graduation from the University of Mumbai, with English as principal and Aesthetics as subsidiary subject. She has post-graduate diploma in teaching English from Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL), Hyderabad. She taught English and American literature and Aesthetics to the undergraduate and the post-graduate classes in College and in the University Of Mumbai. She retired as Head of Department of English from S.S. and L. S. Patkar College, Goregaon, Mumbai.