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Author Name: S. C. Arora | Format: Paperback | Genre : Literature & Fiction | Other Details

Life Less Ordinary chronicles the story of a boy born in a lower-middle-class family in the erstwhile undivided India. He, along with his family, not only witnesses the profound pain of the Partition, it also is a deeply-scarring and traumatic experience, changing their lives dramatically. On reaching India, the family settles down in a nondescript town in their desperate attempt for survival. In a harrowing environment, they start life afresh.

The protagonist, Malhotra, grows up in an atmosphere of scarcity. He sets a goal for himself which he gets down to achieve.

As he grows, he develops a fiery spirit to follow his dreams and live life on his own terms. During Malhotra’s journey the author vividly shows his internal conflicts and makes him invariably take the road less travelled. The leitmotif running across the book is principled living, even at the cost of putting one’s life at stake.

Set mainly in the 1900s, the book captures the essence of Malhotra’s character as a restless soul always propelled by his desire to look for the deeper truth, greater meaning and more fulfilling connections.

As a consequence, he devotes the rest of his life for altruistic purpose, where he finds fulfillment. The story is loosely knit around the experiences drawn from the author’s own life. It is a story well told and many readers will see their reflection in it.


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S. C. Arora

S. C. Arora, a veteran educationist and visionary, a postgraduate from Punjab University is a well-known figure in the field of school education. In a career spanning over 58 years, he has been a Principal for 30 years in Apeejay Schools in N.C.R, G. D. Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj and India International School, Kabul, run by the Embassy of India. He has been the Chairman of the National Progressive Schools Conference. He was the Vice-Chairman of Lotus Valley International School, Noida for 12 years. Presently, he is the Vice-Chairman of the LPS Global School, Noida. A widely-travelled man, he has visited and seen the working of many schools in the U.K, U.S.A, Canada and erstwhile USSR and also did a teaching stint for three years in Britain from where he also acquired his Postgraduate degree in Education. In addition to being an avid reader, he has been a regular contributor to various national newspapers and magazines. 

He has authored eight books on various topics. The present book, Life Less Ordinary is a fruit of the rich and varied experience of the author at various levels and his interactions with a multitude of people in India as well as abroad.