In Hanuman's Hands:
by Cheeni Rao
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Cheeni Rao’s head was full of chatter. Though outwardly a good Indian-American son (a stellar student-athlete from a Chicago suburb), the lanky teen was plagued by violent impulses that caused him to pick fights, break into houses, and even torch a building. One of the few things that could quiet his destructive inner voice was drug use, as he discovered early in his college career. But that method invited mayhem of its own. Rao’s rapid descent into addiction, drug dealing, robbery, and vagrancy is the subject of his memoir, In Hanuman’s Hands.
“Our family curse is a forgotten secret,” writes Rao early on. But in a vision experienced during a near-fatal overdose, he discovers not only the existence of the thousand-year-old curse but the penalty: For the hubris of one distant, unknown forebear, the family is
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