The Mystic Masseur OverviewThe Mystic Masseur follows the life of Ganesh Ramsumair, a Trinidadian of Indian heritage. In college, Ganesh trains to be a teacher, but he ultimately becomes disinterested with the profession. Instead, he returns to Trinidad’s countryside and becomes a highly respected spiritual healer. As he gains money and fame, Ganesh attempts to utilize his resources and influence as a means of helping the less fortunate. The novel explores themes of literature, religion, socioeconomics, personal influence, and altruism.
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