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Rahul Mehta’s debut short-story collection, Quarantine, is being published in India by Random House India this spring and in the U.S. and Canada by HarperPerennial in summer 2011. His fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Fourteen Hills, and New Stories from the South 2009: The Year’s Best. He lives in Alfred, New York, where he is working on a novel.
When I told Thomas about my experience — “transcendental,” I called it — he was skeptical. I had only been studying yoga for three weeks. Thomas, on the other hand, had been practicing yoga and meditation for eight years. In all that time he hadn’t felt anything even close to what I was describing.