As the UN’s Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) deals with continuing questions on the accuracies of portions of its fourth assessment report, AR4, and revelations that some information was from non-scientific or non-peer reviewed sources, there comes word that the UNs climate chief, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, has written a rather racy romance novel.
According to the UK Telegraph:
Some might even suggest Dr Pachauri’s first novel is frankly smutty.
Return to Almora, published in Dr Pachauri’s native India earlier this month, tells the story of Sanjay Nath, an academic in his 60s reminiscing on his "spiritual journey" through India, Peru and the US.
On the way he encounters, among others, Shirley MacLaine, the actress, who appears as a character in the book. While relations between Sanjay and MacLaine remain platonic, he enjoys sex – a lot of sex – with a lot of women.
In breathless prose that risks making Dr Pachauri, who will be 70 this year, a laughing stock among the serious, high-minded scientists and world leaders with whom he mixes, he details sexual encounter after sexual encounter.
The book, which makes reference to the Kama Sutra, starts promisingly enough as it tells the story of a climate expert with a lament for the denuded mountain slopes of Nainital, in northern India, where deforestation by the timber mafia and politicians has "endangered the fragile ecosystem".
Read the rest of the UK Telegraph article.