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Cultural Shock A Philosophical Search for Happiness

Author Name: Dr. Ashok Nain | Format: Paperback | Genre : Self-Help | Other Details

In this small book Dr. Ashok Nain tries to convey a message to the common man that it is through everyday small and unexpected experiences that one learns the real lessons of life. These experiences build one’s character and make the person he ultimately becomes. Circumstances, under which one is born, brought up, the opportunities one comes across and the decisions one makes are the important aspects to one’s future.

Dr. Nain also makes an honest and sincere effort to portray his experiences, analyze them and from them learn lessons so that life’s fundamental object of seeking basic happiness can be achieved.  He states that happiness invariably comes “slowly and stealthily like a thief in the night” and concludes that it comes only when the mind is free of fear and clear of negative thoughts. Thus, the purpose of our lives should be to harness the mind and keep it free of these negative thoughts and emotions. 

The book is certainly worth reading!

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Dr. Ashok Nain

Dr. Ashok Nain was born in 1941 in Karachi, Undivided India.  He completed Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Bengal Engineering College, Calcutta University in 1964 and Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, U.S.A. and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, U.S.A. in 1966 and 1970 respectively. He taught at Oklahoma State University and also worked for several Consulting Engineering firms during and after study in the U.S.A.

Dr. Ashok Nain is a practicing Civil Engineer based in Kolkata, India.  Besides his day to day professional practice he is very active in many Professional and technical organizations being a Past President and Fellow Emeritus of The Institution of Surveyors and having fellowship in most professional related bodies in his field of specialization. He is also an academician teaching as a Visiting Professor at several Universities and Colleges across the country. He is the author of two books that are widely used in the profession and have become standard texts over the years in the field of Surveying and Valuation studies. He is actively connected with several industries as a Consultant and an active participant particularly in the tea, ceramic and other industries where his family has business interests. Having been educated in many parts of this country and the United States and travelled to many parts of the world, Dr. Nain has made an attempt in this book to narrate experiences from his personal life and the lessons learnt. His object in writing such a book is to encourage the younger generation to accept life as it comes and to realize the happiness that comes from such experiences unexpectedly and shockingly.