This piece of fiction may at first disturb those singularly pursuing “success” for it lays bare their identities and the nature of their personal relationships. However, by the end of the book there would clearly appear comfort and redemption.
A novel that defies genres, it is about how unabashed opportunity creations lead to Orwellian outcomes. This is a must read for a beleaguered market civilization.
This book has its share of heroes and villains. But in the end there is a universal triumph for every human being.
A novel of immense reconciliation. It has the power to heal the earth and the human heart.
Here is a bold attempt to synthesize philosophy and everyday living, the east and the west, reason and harmony, and finally, truth and beauty.
A few excerpts from the book:
“My heart raced as she sat beside me
Her soft reassuring ancient hands
Picked me up, cradled me in her lap,
Pressed me to her breast
And kissed me on the forehead.
She then bent down to my ear
And spoke the kind motherly words.”
“Grossness was my creed
Sensory entitlement my greed
What heavenly intervention
Would refine me human?”
“I sat beside his imposing presence
Hope blossomed in my heart.
His message, direct and unmistakable
Gave me a new vision.”
Shankar Menon is the pen name of Dr. K. Sankaran.
Dr. Sankaran is a management educator. He passionately believes that the dissective minds created by contemporary education is hugely responsible for the divisive minds we see in families, societies and nations. According to him to heal ourselves and the earth we need have an integral pedagogy that is unitary in nature. Such a pedagogy would unify, among others, analysis with synthesis; causal reasoning with analogical reasoning; and specialization with discursiveness. Ultimately, it would even be able to narrow the psychological distance between the self and the other.
He believes there is something like an Indian mind that is capable of achieving this integrality. But before achieving this, there is a prerequisite of integrating a sense of completeness of the self with a sense of urgency to make amends with the past. Such a process will necessarily be of the spirit and will be spiritual. The Indian mind, according to him, is eminently suited for this which is currently, in an Aurobindoian sense, shrouded in ignorance of this capability.
The author has degrees from IIT, Kharagpur, IIM Bangalore and Kent State University, Ohio, USA. He worked several years in the corporate world and was also on his own before finding his real calling in higher education. He is currently Director, Justice K.S. Hegde Institute of Management, Nitte, Karnataka, India.