Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Rajeev Balasubramanyam / Jul 17, 2019

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss I loved this beautiful book It s tender and compassionate written with exquisite care and verve and so so SO funny MARIAN KEYESProfessor Chandra is an expert at complex problems There s just one he

  • Title: Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss
  • Author: Rajeev Balasubramanyam
  • ISBN: 1784742546
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • I loved this beautiful book It s tender and compassionate, written with exquisite care and verve, and so so SO funny MARIAN KEYESProfessor Chandra is an expert at complex problems There s just one he can t crack the secret of happinessIn the moments after the bicycle accident, Professor Chandra doesn t see his life flash before his eyes, but his life s work.He s just I loved this beautiful book It s tender and compassionate, written with exquisite care and verve, and so so SO funny MARIAN KEYESProfessor Chandra is an expert at complex problems There s just one he can t crack the secret of happinessIn the moments after the bicycle accident, Professor Chandra doesn t see his life flash before his eyes, but his life s work.He s just narrowly missed out on the Nobel Prize again and even though he knows he should get straight back to his pie charts, his doctor has other ideas.All this work All this success All this stress It s killing him He needs to take a break, start enjoying himself In short, says his doctor who is from California , Professor Chandra should just follow his bliss.He doesn t know it yet, but Professor Chandra is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 288 pages Published January 10th 2019 by Chatto Windus More Details ISBN 1784742546 ISBN13 9781784742546 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam Author Release date Mar 26, 2019 Enter for a chance to win one of 50 copies of PROFESSOR CHANDRA FOLLOWS HIS BLISS by Rajeev Balasubramanyam Follow the completely infuriating, utterl Enter for a chance to win one of 50 copies of PROFESSOR CHANDRA FOLLOWS HIS BLISS by Rajeev Balasubramanyam Follow the completely infuriating, utterly charming Professor Chandra as he tries to answer the biggest question of all What makes us happy Professor Chandra is as acerbic and unbending a curmudgeon as one could wish to find scowling from the pages of a novel Brilliant, pompous, and baffled by the world outside his Cambridge study, Chandra is forced on a reluctant quest to America to find himself and his family Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss is searingly funny, uplifting, and wonderful Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew s Last Stand and The Summer Before the War Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book 2019 Literary Fiction for Guys 27 books 2 voters Karenika 2019 31 books 1 voter More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 06, 2019 Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 completed, x favourites Professor P R Chandrasekhar has been leading the kind of life he prescribed for himself 45 years earlier when he left India at the age of 24 With a few alterations He is 69 years old and although he is Professor Emeritus in Economics at a college in Oxford, the big prize, the one he has worked so hard for, has been elusive His marriage fell apart a few years before when his wife left him for another man They, and the Professor s youngest daughter Jaz Jasmine live in Colorado which makes Professor P R Chandrasekhar has been leading the kind of life he prescribed for himself 45 years earlier when he left India at the age of 24 With a few alterations He is 69 years old and although he is Professor Emeritus in Economics at a college in Oxford, the big prize, the one he has worked so hard for, has been elusive His marriage fell apart a few years before when his wife left him for another man They, and the Professor s youngest daughter Jaz Jasmine live in Colorado which makes it difficult for regular physical contact.His ex wife calls him Charles, most people call him Chandra or Professor Chandra , and sometimes Chandu Chandra s son, Sunny Sunil is in Hong Kong doing some kind of business seminars, and what s worse, he is very successful at it and doesn t hesitate to let his father know Chandra is estranged from his eldest daughter, Rad Radha , and with Jasmine so far away, Chandra assesses his life and finds it wanting He works harder and believes that if he can reach his goal of ultimate success, the rest of his life will fall into place as well.Then, he is in an accident With a bicycle He ends up in hospital because he also had a silent heart attack His doctor is American and lets him know quite firmly that he is not to return to work for several months He advises him to take a sabbatical, and cheerily suggests he follow his bliss.This story has humour in it but it definitely isn t comic The humour is often dry the kind where you blink and you might miss it, but you have a grin on your face anyway It is also witty, and sometimes I could envision a winking emoji lurking somewhere in there.For me, this novel is first and foremost about an older professional man who has an epiphany of sorts and begins to look at his life, and himself, with lenses that seem to be a stronger prescription than before.His epiphany isn t like a big light bulb going on over his head It is like a faulty set of Christmas lights with miniature bulbs that light up in a pattern only the pattern seems to keep changing The adventures that Chandra experiences in pursuit of the faulty little bulb or bulbs in the light string results in one of the most entertaining and engaging books I have read.The author, Rajeev Balasubramanyam, is a hugely talented writer To write about someone who is at a crossroad of crises in their life is not an easy undertaking To do so with compassion, humour, deep insight, knowledge and wisdom is a glorious accomplishment With gratitude to Random House and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of this novel Its publication date is March 26, 2019. flag 125 likesLike see review View all 82 comments Elyse Walters Hi sweet lady you are right you know me from when we first connected well I do know this is a me book tooI ve felt it a few times I ll Hi sweet lady you are right you know me from when we first connected well I do know this is a me book tooI ve felt it a few times I ll keep your encouragement with me and it s my thoughts too that I ll find my way to this book later I don t mind buying some books I even prefer it at times rather than ever feel I must read a book because I m locked into a list to follow Smart to leave elbow room for spontaneous desires moods etc I m still definitely dealing with some serious medical things Jaline complicated and some days soo maddening I ma finger away from bolting all of this so just in case I vanish one day without notice as the urge and my inner voice still chatters about letting go time spent here Just in case I want you to know remember the great difference you ve been for me Thank you with all my heart Jan 28, 2019 10 39PM Jaline Well goodness Not only do I not receive notifications for half my Friends reviews any but I don t even get them when people comment on my rev Well goodness Not only do I not receive notifications for half my Friends reviews any but I don t even get them when people comment on my reviews sometimes.Thank you so much, Elyse, for your lovely response And yes, I think we both know each other s favourite book flavours quite well It has been so much fun and oh my How you have been missed over the past year Still, your health and well being are absolutely everything , and being aware of how much time you can afford and then sticking to it is something I am still working on hahahaYou are a true way shower for me in that respect, and thank you for letting me know that if you disappear it is for self care, which gets an A 1 rating in my books I just learned that is the top rating a wine can receive Your last two sentences brought tears to my eyes and I feel the same You have had a wonderful and positive impact on my life, and I am so grateful Jan 28, 2019 11 05PM Nov 17, 2018 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommended to Ivonne by NetGalley Pity poor Cambridge don P.C Chandrasekhar an internationally renowned economist and arrogant curmudgeon shortlisted for the Nobel Prize who goes by Professor Chandra His wife Jean left him for a shallow child psychologist, whom she followed to Colorado unfortunately, Jean also took Chandra s teenaged daughter Jasmine in tow His workaholic son Sunny has become the brown face of global corporatism, while his daughter Radha has become the argumentative comic book version of a Marxist revolu Pity poor Cambridge don P.C Chandrasekhar an internationally renowned economist and arrogant curmudgeon shortlisted for the Nobel Prize who goes by Professor Chandra His wife Jean left him for a shallow child psychologist, whom she followed to Colorado unfortunately, Jean also took Chandra s teenaged daughter Jasmine in tow His workaholic son Sunny has become the brown face of global corporatism, while his daughter Radha has become the argumentative comic book version of a Marxist revolutionary Needless to say, Chandra doesn t have a good relationship with any of them in fact, Radha has refused to see or even speak to her father in years But it s only after he s hospitalized because of a collision with a cyclist that the 69 year old Chandra begins to realize that he s on the wrong track Sometimes he wondered if it wasn t all a giant con, the gaggle of letters after his name, the dinners with Angela Merkel and Narendra Modi, the notes from Gordon Brown and Larry Summers They were like those fake Oscar statues bought at pound shops and given to employees inscribed with World s Greatest Photocopier or Best Lightbulb Changer in the Galaxy When he died only his writing would remain, until it was rendered obsolete when oil and coal ran out and the species established its first settlement on Mars.Professor Chandra was the foremost trade economist in the world, could phone any finance minister in any country at any time and have them take his call And yet, what if he had only convinced himself that the world envied him What if, in reality, they felt sorry for him with his swollen ego and his Savile Row suits and his sculpted tri continental accent Pushed into attending a New Age seminar on the California seaside, Chandra begins to realize that it s never too late to change course This feel good story, loaded with insight and humor, could easily have felt contrived, twee or manipulative, but author Rajeev Balasubramanyam never makes a false move I could hardly pull myself away from its pages The ending was satisfying without ever being hectoring or implausible I cannot wait to read Balasubramanyam s earlier work, In Beautiful Disguises.In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley, Random House and The Dial Press in exchange for an honest review flag 10 likesLike see review Oct 25, 2018 Janet Newport rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 reads, kindle books, netgalley Thank you NetGalley and Random House for this arc.I usually read mysteries thrillers action adventure stories usually much faster paced books But I found this to be a very nice slow read First though, I must comment that the reader have at least fifty years under their belt so they can properly enjoy it This is an adventure story of sorts Professor Chandra has reached the acme of his professional life and has to reconcile with himself that he may never attain all of his earlier prof Thank you NetGalley and Random House for this arc.I usually read mysteries thrillers action adventure stories usually much faster paced books But I found this to be a very nice slow read First though, I must comment that the reader have at least fifty years under their belt so they can properly enjoy it This is an adventure story of sorts Professor Chandra has reached the acme of his professional life and has to reconcile with himself that he may never attain all of his earlier professional dreams and aspirations the Nobel Prize This book is the story of his reassessment of his life, his world, his place in that world, his family and where he fits into all of it Fortunately, he has opened his mind and his story forward is very engaging flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Nancy rated it liked it Shelves netgalley Professor Chandra, soon to be seventy, has once again not won the Pulitzer Prize in Economics His career was built on theories now unpopular as unpopular as the Professor himself His kids won t talk with him, his ex married a male bimbo, his coworkers are sick of him He has some nagging doubts about his whole life Has he valued the wrong things Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss had me laughing out loud through the first half Chandra s struggles with the world and his family are presente Professor Chandra, soon to be seventy, has once again not won the Pulitzer Prize in Economics His career was built on theories now unpopular as unpopular as the Professor himself His kids won t talk with him, his ex married a male bimbo, his coworkers are sick of him He has some nagging doubts about his whole life Has he valued the wrong things Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss had me laughing out loud through the first half Chandra s struggles with the world and his family are presented with humor Chandra takes up the challenge of spending time seeking his bliss at Esalen He takes in stride new experiences like meditation and nude hot tub conversations He uses what he learns and tries to reconnect with his alienated children All Chandra s problems don t disappear like magic, but what he learns and absorbs does bring him to a place where healing can begin to happen.I enjoyed the novel and felt invested in Chandra and his family ButHalfway through the book, I felt like there was a secret agenda Like the author was proselytizing Was the novel just one big sales pitch for a certain experience and lifestyle The author, I discovered, practices Zen meditation Can we solve our issues with better self talk, claiming responsibility for myself, opening up about my repressed feelings Would spending time at a Zen monastery change our life Do self help gurus really help Maybe I mean, this is all very good advice Maybe we all need a spiritual journey now and then Reevaluate our goals and values So decide for yourself If you are seeking a role model for change, Chandra might be your guy I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 29, 2018 SueKich rated it liked it review of another edition Welcome to the Hotel California.Every year, Professor Emeritus P R Chandrasekhar is hotly tipped to win the Nobel Prize for Economics The professor expects it too and yet each year he is disappointed He s now past caring or so he at least claims As Chandra recovers after being injured in a traffic accident, he knows it s time to reassess his life, his career and his relationships with his three children When his ex wife s new partner manipulates him into visiting a Californian retreat, Welcome to the Hotel California.Every year, Professor Emeritus P R Chandrasekhar is hotly tipped to win the Nobel Prize for Economics The professor expects it too and yet each year he is disappointed He s now past caring or so he at least claims As Chandra recovers after being injured in a traffic accident, he knows it s time to reassess his life, his career and his relationships with his three children When his ex wife s new partner manipulates him into visiting a Californian retreat, Chandra reluctantly agrees to give this new age nonsense a go.Rajeev Balasubramanyam explores the dynamics of a distinguished and highly successful man on the rest of his family The writing is eminently readable and there are moments of insight mediocrity was a great leveller as well as some welcome humour like Chandra s fall back economist joke the one about the woman whose doctor tells her she has six months to live and advises her to marry an economist and move to Kansas Why says the woman Will this cure my illness No, says the doctor, but those six months will feel like a lifetime The title and cover art might lead one to expect a frivolous read but in fact this novel has some important things to say even though, sadly, it runs out of steam towards the end 3.5 My thanks to Chatto Windus for the review copy via NetGalley flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 23, 2018 Kelly Coyle Crivelli rated it it was amazing A story about a father that loves his children, even though they sometimes don t see it that way Chandra is a character to love and in all of his imperfections, he s still gets the important things right and isn t that what life is all about flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 08, 2018 Carolyn rated it liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for a copy of book It deals with insight and enlightenment which can change long held beliefs and relationships for the better It was not the light hearted, amusing book I was expecting 3.5 stars The story gives us insight into our self image may be a drawback into seeing our true selves and how much we could be Professor Chandra s work has been built around his life as one of the world s foremost experts in economics He is e Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for a copy of book It deals with insight and enlightenment which can change long held beliefs and relationships for the better It was not the light hearted, amusing book I was expecting 3.5 stars The story gives us insight into our self image may be a drawback into seeing our true selves and how much we could be Professor Chandra s work has been built around his life as one of the world s foremost experts in economics He is egotistical, argumentative and a workaholic He expects each year to win the Nobel Prize which he feels at age 69 would validate his life and profession His wife has left him for another man and moved from England to California and he is estranged from his three children After being upset the Nobel Prize for Economics has again been awarded to others,he pretends he doesn t care Following an accident he is in hospital where the doctor tells him he needs to take it easy and follow his bliss Chandra decides to go to California and work as a visiting economics lecturer He tries to reconnect with his ex wife,Jean,and their troubled teenaged daughter Another daughter is traveling and will have no contact with Chandra or let him know where she is His son is in Hong Kong running a very successful business based on the concept that positive thinking will bring financial rewards After an altercation with Jean s second husband he is manipulated to spend time at a New Age self help retreat He begins to gain a positive attitude towards himself and change his attitude to how he relates to others He feels that his own father s relentless pushing him to succeed has affected his life and work He believes he has caused his own children to try to keep up with him and as a result they have rebelled against his economic beliefs and lifestyle He visits his son in Hong Kong, and finally the entire family reconnects at an isolated meditation retreat in the mountains for Christmas It was pleasing to see the changes in Chandra and how his family now understood his past attitudes and became accepting of him The family had also transformed and relationships were better Chandra could now reassess his life and establish a better future for himself after returning to his home in England I would have liked humor between all the economic discussions and arguments and all the self help classes and meditation, but this was a well written book that could cause the reader to reflect on their own attitudes towards themselves, relationships with others and their careers flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Donna Hines rated it really liked it Shelves arc, goodread giveaway, donated to osterhout library Life doesn t pass you by but your work just might if you re not careful.Spinning wheels as you try to get yourself recognized even if only for a NOBEL PRIZE.Follow your dreams, your passions, your heart and never let is skip a beat.What can one say.I fell in love with this one flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 27, 2018 Jo Shaw rated it really liked it I was intrigued by the description of this book, and it really did not disappoint Professor Chandrasekhar is tipped to win the Nobel prize for Economics again, and is disappointed when he fails to win it yet again Following an accident which leads him to reassess his lonely life in England, he decides to pursue an opportunity in America, where his youngest daughter, his ex wife and her husband live His ex wife s husband manages to manipulate the professor into agreeing to go to a Californian I was intrigued by the description of this book, and it really did not disappoint Professor Chandrasekhar is tipped to win the Nobel prize for Economics again, and is disappointed when he fails to win it yet again Following an accident which leads him to reassess his lonely life in England, he decides to pursue an opportunity in America, where his youngest daughter, his ex wife and her husband live His ex wife s husband manages to manipulate the professor into agreeing to go to a Californian new age retreat, and the fun begins.The dynamic of this story revolves around Professor Chandra and his three children, looking at the way he relates to his children, but also considering the pressure they each individually feel to live up to the success their father had achieved as one of the leading experts on economics in the world Chandra assesses how he has acted as a father, and considers whether his behaviour as a parent was moulded by his own childhood, together with how his own parenting moulded his three children The cover would suggest a light hearted read, and although there is considerable humour throughout, particularly at the retreat, it is a deep and thoughtful book in which a learned septuagenarian looks back at his life, and looks forward to the things he can do differently It was an enjoyable book, and I loved how my feelings towards Professor Chandra changed the he begins to understand himself.Thank you to Chatto Windus for the opportunity to read and review this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 13, 2018 Anne rated it really liked it review of another edition I enjoyed this book than I thought I would It starts off a little slowly but then we realize we need the build up to see Professor Chandra s take on his life and his family which has slowly crumbled a little His wife has left him for another man, his children have taken different paths in life, and we see his academic life shattered when he doesn t win the prize he hoped for He s incredibly intelligent, arrogant, and 0ld school, and yet there s a vulnerability we see from the beginning I enjoyed this book than I thought I would It starts off a little slowly but then we realize we need the build up to see Professor Chandra s take on his life and his family which has slowly crumbled a little His wife has left him for another man, his children have taken different paths in life, and we see his academic life shattered when he doesn t win the prize he hoped for He s incredibly intelligent, arrogant, and 0ld school, and yet there s a vulnerability we see from the beginning that we know he must come to recognize if he s to become a happier man As a parent, it s both heartbreaking and heartwarming to see that he attempts to reconcile his life as an aging professor with the fact that his children are adults and don t always buy into the concepts that he has ingrained in their lives Generational differences are always hard to accept As an aging parent myself, I have always believed that you can never take credit for your kids successes or take blame for their failures We can only instill in them the belief that we are all only human and we should strive to be the best we can be and accept others as they are So hug your children and read this book It s inspiring Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 31, 2018 Anne rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is one of the absolute best books I ve read all year I fell in love with Professor Chandra right away and was immediately swept up into his story The basic story here revolves around his own inner transformation, from someone who worships the world of work and places his family second because that is all he knows to someone who realizes what the true meaning of bliss is What I loved most is the way the author infused just the right amount of humor into the story every so often I al This is one of the absolute best books I ve read all year I fell in love with Professor Chandra right away and was immediately swept up into his story The basic story here revolves around his own inner transformation, from someone who worships the world of work and places his family second because that is all he knows to someone who realizes what the true meaning of bliss is What I loved most is the way the author infused just the right amount of humor into the story every so often I also loved being able to glimpse deep inside Chandra s mind Every time I had to stop reading for whatever reason , I was very disappointed and couldn t wait to pick up the book again flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 jhanami rated it really liked it Prof Chandra has a lot to learn once he misses out on the Nobel prize, has a heart attack, turns 70 and realises he s estranged from all his children This is a coming of old age story, about making amends and finding redemption it is very sweet and warm hearted, quite funny in parts especially if you are a little interested in economics , but never twee Chandra doesn t miraculously change into the perfect father after a make over, he s a cantankerous opinionated stubborn man to the end, bu Prof Chandra has a lot to learn once he misses out on the Nobel prize, has a heart attack, turns 70 and realises he s estranged from all his children This is a coming of old age story, about making amends and finding redemption it is very sweet and warm hearted, quite funny in parts especially if you are a little interested in economics , but never twee Chandra doesn t miraculously change into the perfect father after a make over, he s a cantankerous opinionated stubborn man to the end, but he also starts to open his eyes and ears to those around him His character is well drawn and believable and there s an interesting mix of side characters to liven up the journey An easy, enjoyable read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Sadie Newell rated it really liked it Received an advance copy thanks to my friends at NetGalley Ok, I read a review that said as long as you push through the first 50 pages you ll have yourself a good read and I absolutely agree The main, Chandra, is hard to explain and I think you need the first 50 pages to truly see how miserable and tormented he is After that, it s smooth sailing as this beautiful story about a semi estranged family unfolds in the most perfect way Needless to say, this novel requires a bit of patience and is Received an advance copy thanks to my friends at NetGalley Ok, I read a review that said as long as you push through the first 50 pages you ll have yourself a good read and I absolutely agree The main, Chandra, is hard to explain and I think you need the first 50 pages to truly see how miserable and tormented he is After that, it s smooth sailing as this beautiful story about a semi estranged family unfolds in the most perfect way Needless to say, this novel requires a bit of patience and is easy mulled over instead of devoured Solid 4 stars flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Kim rated it really liked it review of another edition Professor P.R Chandrasekhar has once again lost the 2016 Nobel Prize and he succumbs to thinking this is his defining moment He has planned the party, the speech, the interviews, he takes a nap, he wakes up, he has not won Professor Chandra has worked hard his whole life, actually work is all he knows He is an elitist who believes in his work and his rightness He sometimes wonders if his life s work being the world s foremost trade economist isn t a giant con He has a son, two daughters Professor P.R Chandrasekhar has once again lost the 2016 Nobel Prize and he succumbs to thinking this is his defining moment He has planned the party, the speech, the interviews, he takes a nap, he wakes up, he has not won Professor Chandra has worked hard his whole life, actually work is all he knows He is an elitist who believes in his work and his rightness He sometimes wonders if his life s work being the world s foremost trade economist isn t a giant con He has a son, two daughters and an ex wife who have all taken a back seat to his work in economics and yet he believes that torturing the family patriarch is his family s tradition and sport He can be introspective but can also find a reason to disregard his conclusions.Fifty grams of chocolate gummy bears, a distraction and being mowed down by a bicyclist changes everything Realizing he has failed at happiness, sprained his wrist, bruised his ribs, traumatized his spinal chord and had a silent heart attack he is told to cut back on everything, relax, follow his bliss Professor is off to UC Bella Vista in Orange County, California to be a Visiting Professor The move brings him close to his youngest child and his ex wife and her present husband The move is fraught with problems, issues, a punch in the nose and Professor Chandra finding himself at a healing spiritual retreat This book was all about the state of Family The good Professor has had to invent new memories, snapshots of purely imaginary kindness to imagine his father as a good and caring parent Despite being a parent who truly cares for his children Professor Chandra imposes the same strictures and judgments that were passed upon him as a child, the same words and criticisms which made him think he was such a failure to his father Chandra s daughter Radha is so similar in temperament that she has broken his heart by asserting a total disappearance and silence for the past two years His son Sunny, worships at the temple of money equals success, positive thinking, financial karma and has become not a son but a rival His youngest child Jasmine has been damaged by the divorce and her feelings of unimportance The emotional wreckage would be devastating if told without the inherent humor in this book There is brilliance, wit, cleverness, great writing and much love to be found in the pages of this book Thank you NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for a copy flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Allison rated it liked it review of another edition This story started off like gang busters I thought it was going to be a sharp satire a la Jane Smiley, with acerbic observations on the characters and politics of academia, but unfortunately, the author had a lot to say about many sacred cows of business and culture, and the wit became diluted and scatter shot than laser That is not to say there wasn t some great writing I found myself highlighting a number of the observations the author made about modern universities and stude This story started off like gang busters I thought it was going to be a sharp satire a la Jane Smiley, with acerbic observations on the characters and politics of academia, but unfortunately, the author had a lot to say about many sacred cows of business and culture, and the wit became diluted and scatter shot than laser That is not to say there wasn t some great writing I found myself highlighting a number of the observations the author made about modern universities and students I just found myself losing interest in the main character, Chandra, as the story unfolded A self important economics professor at Cambridge, he takes his lumps from family members on his way to learning about himself Normally such an ending would have been very satisfying, but I m afraid Chandra and his whole family were just not that sympathetic, either before or after their transformation flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Rachel Stansel rated it really liked it review of another edition An interesting story of a 70 yr old man trying to find his bliss Divorced and loving removed from his 3 children and exwife, the professor finds his life in a tailspin and resorts to a very different place looking for answers I found Chandra to be a wonderful character and his soul searching poignant and thought provoking Full disclosure I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Angie Boyter rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley A blissful read Everyone agrees that this is the year when sixty nine year old Professor Chandra, Cambridge professor emeritus of economics and disciple of William Friedman, is a shoo in to win the Nobel Prize in Economics, a prize that has JUST eluded him for several years Even his teen aged daughter Jasmine has flown in from Boulder, Colorado, where she lives with Chandra s ex wife, to rejoice with him He doesn t win He takes the loss hard and muses that he was the foremost trade economist A blissful read Everyone agrees that this is the year when sixty nine year old Professor Chandra, Cambridge professor emeritus of economics and disciple of William Friedman, is a shoo in to win the Nobel Prize in Economics, a prize that has JUST eluded him for several years Even his teen aged daughter Jasmine has flown in from Boulder, Colorado, where she lives with Chandra s ex wife, to rejoice with him He doesn t win He takes the loss hard and muses that he was the foremost trade economist in the world, could phone any finance minister in any country at any time and have them take his call And yet, what if he had only convinced himself that the world envied him His marriage is gone His daughter Jasmine lives in Colorado with his ex wife his son Sunny is too busy making money in Hong Kong with his School of Mindful Business to spend a lot of time consoling Dad and his daughter Radha will not even let family members tell him where she is, much less will she speak to him When a bicycle hits him as he crosses the street and he suffers a silent heart attack , Professor Chandry decides to take a break and accepts a position as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at UC Bella Vista During a visit to his ex wife Jean, a literal encounter with her new husband Steve leads him to accept Steve s challenge and attend a week end seminar at the Esalen Institute, and that is when the professor s quest really begins The writing in the book is vivid, with touches of quiet humor, like when Chandra was wrestling with his fear that the English might actually be as superior as they believed themselves to be , and great bons mots, like a rebel chose not to conform, while an eccentric had no option But what makes the book is the characters Professor Chandry is an impatient, driven intellectual Jasmine is a very mixed up teen Radha is an angry radical and his son Sunny is a modern global entrepreneur The ex wife Jean is a rather repressed middle aged woman, and her husband Steve is a laid back semi retired Boulder Colorado therapist with a side business growing flowers These could be the typical cardboard characters found in so many novels about unhappy people and dysfunctional families, but author Balasubramanayam has turned them into real people that I enjoyed getting to know and wanted to be happy I hope it won t be too much of a spoiler if I say that the author did a good job of satisfying my wish Despite the emphasis on characters, I was carried along with Professor Chandry s story and expected something in the nature of a climax or denouement Instead it rather glided to the close To someone accustomed to dramatic endings, this was a bit of a letdown, except that perhaps the author was saying that this is the nature of a journey to bliss.Rajeev Balasubramanayam blogs on spirituality and race and has been a writer in residence at several Zen centers, so I had some concerns that this could be one of those books where the message overwhelms the medium I need not have worried The story of Professor Chandry s quest and the people he encounters along the way kept me engaged for the entire book At the same time, though, I found myself reflecting on the Professor s reflections and thinking about my own image of bliss I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Lori rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 69 year old Cambridge Professor Chandra has once again been passed over for the Nobel in Economics He professes not to care, but of course it is a blow to his pride, and a rejection of his life s work Then he is hit by a car, and as he recovers from that accident, he begins pondering his life divorced, estranged from some of his children, lonely and empty Then an opportunity arises for him to travel to America to see his ex wife and one of his children, and thus his journey begins This is 69 year old Cambridge Professor Chandra has once again been passed over for the Nobel in Economics He professes not to care, but of course it is a blow to his pride, and a rejection of his life s work Then he is hit by a car, and as he recovers from that accident, he begins pondering his life divorced, estranged from some of his children, lonely and empty Then an opportunity arises for him to travel to America to see his ex wife and one of his children, and thus his journey begins This is a story of life, culture, how our parents influence our relationships with our children, and how it s never too late to start again It has just the right amount of humor, a great story, and great characters It can also make you rethink how you do things or respond to things or think of things I thoroughly enjoyed Chandra s search for Bliss Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House for the e arc flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 29, 2018 Laura Hill rated it it was amazing I received a complimentary copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own The book will be published on March 26, 2019.Writing 5 Plot 4.5 Characters 4.569 year old leading Cambridge economist Professor Chandra is a shoe in for the Nobel prize in Economics except that he doesn t get it Divorced, distant from his three children, and frustrated with the new tenor of academic life, this non event coupled with a I received a complimentary copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own The book will be published on March 26, 2019.Writing 5 Plot 4.5 Characters 4.569 year old leading Cambridge economist Professor Chandra is a shoe in for the Nobel prize in Economics except that he doesn t get it Divorced, distant from his three children, and frustrated with the new tenor of academic life, this non event coupled with a silent heart attack sends him off on an unintended, Siddhartha like quest for personal enlightenment naturally starting with a sabbatical at UC Bella Vista in Southern California His journey takes him to unlikely places both physical and emotional He is tricked into attending a weekend workshop at Esalen he visits his ex wife and new, annoying husband in Boulder in order to see his troubled daughter Jasmine he searches for a way to reach his middle daughter Radha an angry Marxist who hasn t spoken to her conservative father in over two years and visits his son Sunil s highly successful Hong Kong based School for Mindful Business based on principles completely antithetical to his own He learns that he is human and not infallible and finds himself OK with that than he would have expected.Excellent and insightful writing wry and witty with deliciously pithy and often hysterical articulations of his evolving viewpoints Lots of interesting commentary about psychology, economics, spirituality, achievement and the personal search for meaning and happiness I appreciate that while he learns about himself, his priorities, and his relationships, he does not relinquish his intellectual interests or accomplishments.Some great lines Brief but scathing summary of the identity politics Radha adheres to West bourgeois capitalist these words would fly from her lips like tiny swastikas, her knuckles turning white, her jaw clenched, her eyes hard as Siberian pickaxes as she sentenced most of the world to the gulag for their crimes against ideology An Indian Miss Havisham with an Emeritus Professorship and a takeaway menu but he couldn t help believing meditation was best suited to those with less mind to be mindful of sociologists, for example, or geologists Humans were like those snowflakes against the window, buffeted by winds no one understood Chandra accepted the phone as if he d been handed a small but quite genuine lump of plutonium They seem to come pre offended, forsaking any analytical content in favor of emotion and outrage But the undergraduates were even worse than in Cambridge arrogant, unhygenic, and brazen, convinced that lazy platitudes and fallacious arguments would earn them nothing but praise if delivered with sufficient conviction King s was Chandra s least favorite college It was the intellectual equivalent of a Disney princess, fluttering its eyelashes at tourists who didn t know any better It was what Chandra loathed most about liberals their shameless self righteousness, as if the species failings were always someone else s fault, while anything they did, murder and arson included, were heroic acts in the service of liberty and justice flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Katra rated it it was ok review of another edition Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books for making an advance copy of this title available for an honest review.This was a decent novel with charm and will probably acquire a good following For me, it fell a little short I fell in love with the curmudgeonly Chandra of the first chapters He was egotistical, self absorbed, arrogant, blunt, and truly someone you d prefer not to associate with It was obvious from the start that the novel would end with some much needed self improvement For me, on Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books for making an advance copy of this title available for an honest review.This was a decent novel with charm and will probably acquire a good following For me, it fell a little short I fell in love with the curmudgeonly Chandra of the first chapters He was egotistical, self absorbed, arrogant, blunt, and truly someone you d prefer not to associate with It was obvious from the start that the novel would end with some much needed self improvement For me, once he was forced into his spa course of self analysis, the improvements came too smoothly and too predictably I would have preferred a bumpier road to redemption flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Nov 06, 2018 Latkins rated it really liked it Professor Chandra isn t an easy character to warm to a conservative economist who has a high opinion of himself and who has neglected his family to concentrate on his work Now he lives alone in Cambridge, hoping and failing to win a Nobel Prize, with his ex wife Jean living out in Boulder in the USA with her new husband Steve, and Chandra s and Jean s teenage daughter Jasmine, who appears to be going off the rails His son, Sunny, now lives in Hong Kong where he runs a dubious but profitabl Professor Chandra isn t an easy character to warm to a conservative economist who has a high opinion of himself and who has neglected his family to concentrate on his work Now he lives alone in Cambridge, hoping and failing to win a Nobel Prize, with his ex wife Jean living out in Boulder in the USA with her new husband Steve, and Chandra s and Jean s teenage daughter Jasmine, who appears to be going off the rails His son, Sunny, now lives in Hong Kong where he runs a dubious but profitable positive thinking company and he s no longer in touch with his eldest daughter Radhi After a minor heart attack and being knocked down by a bicycle, Chandra decides to reassess his life, as he approaches his 70th birthday, and finds himself enrolling in a California group therapy course at Esalen, Big Sur Can he learn to relax and follow his bliss I found myself liking Chandra and as the book went on, and I really enjoyed his at times funny journey towards a better understanding of himself and his family The characterisation in the book is excellent, and I would have liked to have spent time with them all here s hoping for a sequel flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Lora rated it really liked it review of another edition Professor Chandra is positive this year will be the one that he finally wins the Nobel Prize in Economics When that fails to happen, he goes further into the funk that started when his wife, Jean, left him for another man and continued when he became estranged from his older daughter, Radha When Chandra has a heart attack and is ordered to rest, he decides to take a visiting professorship in California, away from his job at Cambridge University Being in the U.S will also allow him to be clos Professor Chandra is positive this year will be the one that he finally wins the Nobel Prize in Economics When that fails to happen, he goes further into the funk that started when his wife, Jean, left him for another man and continued when he became estranged from his older daughter, Radha When Chandra has a heart attack and is ordered to rest, he decides to take a visiting professorship in California, away from his job at Cambridge University Being in the U.S will also allow him to be closer to his younger daughter, Jasmine, who is in high school and is struggling This time off allows Chandra to relax and reflect on his childhood, his marriage, and his relationships with his children Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss is a humorous journey of one s self discovery Perfect for readers who enjoyed Major Pettigrew s Last Stand and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry So, so much fun, I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Chandra The book will be published in March flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Kim McGee rated it really liked it review of another edition Professor Chandra has it all well not the Nobel Prize for Economics again this year, nor the love of his ex wife, nor the attention of his grown up children That is about to change After an ill fated accident with a bike, a doctor s warning about changing your lifestyle, and a big birthday, Chandra decides to fly to sunny California and a retreat to search for his bliss He views his life as he views his economic principles and applies them to his students, his family and all aspects of his l Professor Chandra has it all well not the Nobel Prize for Economics again this year, nor the love of his ex wife, nor the attention of his grown up children That is about to change After an ill fated accident with a bike, a doctor s warning about changing your lifestyle, and a big birthday, Chandra decides to fly to sunny California and a retreat to search for his bliss He views his life as he views his economic principles and applies them to his students, his family and all aspects of his life until now Funny, heart breaking and universally true, this man s search to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it is magical His is one dysfunctional family that you will identify with and at the same time be thankful that your family is not this messed up For lovers of quirky characters like those found in Fredrik Backman, Pat Conroy or Leif Enger So, find a comfortable chair and get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with the misadventures of Professor Chandra and family flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 10, 2018 Jessie rated it really liked it This book is a bit hard to categorize I was expecting an eat pray love not my thing but with a British South Asian right wing economics professor finding his zen quite literally in American spiritual retreats And it was kind of about this Except it was also about our relationship with our parents and how it impacts our relationships with our kids, and about mortality, and about humility, and about race, and about feelings of self worth It was kind of a vacation read with lots of laughs, This book is a bit hard to categorize I was expecting an eat pray love not my thing but with a British South Asian right wing economics professor finding his zen quite literally in American spiritual retreats And it was kind of about this Except it was also about our relationship with our parents and how it impacts our relationships with our kids, and about mortality, and about humility, and about race, and about feelings of self worth It was kind of a vacation read with lots of laughs, but it was actually also extremely introspective and at times powerful I can t quite pin it down, and I m certain that neither the title nor the cover do it justice, but I m glad I read it Thanks netgalley for the arc, opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Valerie rated it it was amazing I received this book as an ARE from the publisher.I laughed and cried as I read this book It may be because I am in the same age sixties and at loose ends and as confused as to what this world is coming to as Professor Chandra A tale of looking for explanations and resolutions as to our family relations and professional relations and all of that Can we find our bliss Maybe Maybe we can figure it out and be better for it ourselves flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 27, 2018 CwtchUpBooks rated it really liked it Delightfully joyful flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Judy rated it liked it I was drawn to this book from the wonderful title I also adore the book cover Professor Chander, divorced from Jean, father of a son and two daughters, finds himself alone when he hears that he has not won the Nobel Prize yet again He wonders if his life s work in economics is not appreciated by his family or the world Having been raised by a strict father that pushed Chander to achieve, that is all he knows He shows his love for his wife and family by working himself to exhaustion Even af I was drawn to this book from the wonderful title I also adore the book cover Professor Chander, divorced from Jean, father of a son and two daughters, finds himself alone when he hears that he has not won the Nobel Prize yet again He wonders if his life s work in economics is not appreciated by his family or the world Having been raised by a strict father that pushed Chander to achieve, that is all he knows He shows his love for his wife and family by working himself to exhaustion Even after the divorce, that is how he sees his world To work constantly, to show that you care and to achieve, to prove to others and yourself that you are worthy.I found the book not really about Professor Chander finding his bliss It is how a family tries to reconnect and be less dysfunctional It was not the story I thought I would be reading.The story started very slow I was not truly interested until about page 100 I kept pushing through, thinking it would make a turn and be great at some point Honestly, I never got to that point I kept reading and it did get interesting to me, but I never had that moment when I felt, this is the reason I chose to read this book.The book was a bit highbrow for my tastes Professor Chander is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge He could chose how much or how little he wanted to teach He chose to work endlessly, until an accident with a bike rider as he was crossing a street and a silent heart attack The story went on and on about economics, as the character of course would do in real life It just was not in my taste for a book to read for pleasure Also, the book had a very liberal undertone, speaking about world politics quite often and that also turned me off.I think the writer plotted the book well The story flowed well The characters were well developed I felt like I knew them by the time I finished the book In saying that, I am giving this book 3 stars While I enjoyed parts of the story, I did not enjoy probably half of it I would recommend this book to someone that enjoys reading about political views, economics, a family in disarray and an older person trying to find his meaning in life before it ends.I won this book in a giveaway I want to thank them and the publisher, The Random House Publishing Group, for allowing me to read the ARC of the paperback, to be released on March 26, 2019 flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Karen rated it really liked it This book is not what it looks like on the surface At least not what it looked like to me It s not a light beach read It s also not a quirky character read like quite a few that came out last year I like both of those genres just fine but I wanted to make sure to say what it s not because I find that the expectations we have for a book before we read it end up coloring our feelings about the book at least it does for me Anyhow This book is about a father, and his family , whose life is This book is not what it looks like on the surface At least not what it looked like to me It s not a light beach read It s also not a quirky character read like quite a few that came out last year I like both of those genres just fine but I wanted to make sure to say what it s not because I find that the expectations we have for a book before we read it end up coloring our feelings about the book at least it does for me Anyhow This book is about a father, and his family , whose life is not turning out the way he thought wanted worked for and at almost seventy, he is reflecting and taking steps to understand what life is about and to reconnect with his children There are several lovely passages in the book Here s one I liked .Even my wife, my former wife, I mean I used to know her, but now I only think I knew her She left me for someone else His name s Steve I think he understands her I don t think I ever did It s a bit cliched, isn t it said Bryan, whose grin seemed to have prevailed for three hours now The aging male whole wife left him all alone and now women are this giant cosmic mystery So now I am lonely and a cliche I don t think it s about understanding women You re just up against a universal conundrum Look, I have a partner, right I like him I love him But I don t understand him Sometimes I think I don t even know him And that s not because he s an atheist or Hispanic or an only child It s because he s another human being Humans don t understand each other Punto That s the way it is But start saying you don t understand women and you re making yourself the problem Let is go You re just a human like anyone else There are a few bits of wisdom here and there that really spoke to me I also loved that it didn t tie up into a big, pretty bow in the end There are moments of realization, moments of progress but there are also moments of sliding back These characters are human They are flawed They are real Even the ones you don t know much about, you can connect with I really enjoyed this gem and thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an early copy in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Dec 08, 2018 Andrea rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 3.5 Often a 4 because of the language BUT.The setting Professor Chandra yet again fails to win the Nobel Prize Stressed out No happiness Broken family wife remarried, teenage daughter who s a wreck, estranged older daughter, and a successful son he doesn t understand.Chandra leaves London after a bicycle accident He goes to visit his wife and younger daughter in Colorado and ends up in a New Age seminar in California t I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 3.5 Often a 4 because of the language BUT.The setting Professor Chandra yet again fails to win the Nobel Prize Stressed out No happiness Broken family wife remarried, teenage daughter who s a wreck, estranged older daughter, and a successful son he doesn t understand.Chandra leaves London after a bicycle accident He goes to visit his wife and younger daughter in Colorado and ends up in a New Age seminar in California to follow his bliss There are confrontations here that set him in a tailspin and set up the rest of the story.This book had a duality I richocheted between humor and thought provoking I found this offputting and somewhat of a disconnect Certainly a book have both, but in this case, I didn t necessarily enjoy it Nonetheless, there was lots of humor and great descriptions Some of the language I loved From the battle lines on his face it wasn t hard to believe he was a man who had lived several lives Yoga Chandra had joined his wife for only one class before deciding his dog was better horizontal on the sofa with a Dick Francis novel than facing either upward or downward And when summer finally came he always spent the season terrified of winter s return, bracing himself of its arrival as one might a punch to the solar plexus from a prison warden at one point stuffed all his notes into the freezer along with his pencils and erasers only to discover them a week later conjoined to a packet of frozen spinach like a new and threatening life form gave a mental snort LOVED THIS gently open your eyes which caused Chandra to wonder how one violently opened one s eyes Sunny began to speak almost exclusively in sound bites So certainly a diverting read And easy I m in the minority for seeing the bliss flag Like see review Jan 25, 2019 Sharon rated it it was amazing I rounded up to make this five stars because it was the escape reading I was in the mood for Chandra is a smug, self congratulating Cambridge professor who is in a headlong pursuit of the Nobel prize in Economics which he has spent his life chasing and has chased others away in the process He expects it any time now Even his colleagues assume he ll receive it His smugness and drive have wrung out whatever humor and compassion he might have once had He has alienated just about everybody, inc I rounded up to make this five stars because it was the escape reading I was in the mood for Chandra is a smug, self congratulating Cambridge professor who is in a headlong pursuit of the Nobel prize in Economics which he has spent his life chasing and has chased others away in the process He expects it any time now Even his colleagues assume he ll receive it His smugness and drive have wrung out whatever humor and compassion he might have once had He has alienated just about everybody, including his family.Once again denied his coveted award, he returns to his classroom, wishing he had at least one Swedish student he could torment mercilessly After a student reports him to the Master of the College for persistently calling her an imbecile in front of her peers, a sabbatical is suggested ordered And this is where the fun begins It s not a romp, there are serious moments of introspection and not much bliss Chandra begins a slow journey, learning how to listen to others and to listen to himself and in the process goes from insufferable to sympathetic It s when he has to swallow his pride and work to restore relationships with his four children and stop telling them how to run their lives that he really becomes interesting flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Rajeev Balasubramanyam is the author of the novels In Beautiful Disguises and The Dreamer, as well as the story collection Starstruck His work has been awarded the Betty Trask Prize and the Clarissa Luard Award, and has been longlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the BBC Asia Award His writing has appeared in Vice, The Washington Post, The Economist, London Review of Books Rajeev Balasubramanyam is the author of the novels In Beautiful Disguises and The Dreamer, as well as the story collection Starstruck His work has been awarded the Betty Trask Prize and the Clarissa Luard Award, and has been longlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the BBC Asia Award His writing has appeared in Vice, The Washington Post, The Economist, London Review of Books, McSweeney s, The Paris Review, and other publications He also writes a blog on spirituality and race called American Pilgrimage He is a currently a fellow of the Hemera Foundation and has been writer in residence at Crestone Zen Mountain Center and the Zen Center of New York City He currently lives and works in Berlin


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    1. Professor P R Chandrasekhar has been leading the kind of life he prescribed for himself 45 years earlier when he left India at the age of 24 With a few alterations He is 69 years old and although he is Professor Emeritus in Economics at a college in Oxford, the big prize, the one he has worked so hard for, has been elusive His marriage fell apart a few years before when his wife left him for another man They, and the Professor s youngest daughter Jaz Jasmine live in Colorado which makes Professo [...]


    2. Pity poor Cambridge don P.C Chandrasekhar an internationally renowned economist and arrogant curmudgeon shortlisted for the Nobel Prize who goes by Professor Chandra His wife Jean left him for a shallow child psychologist, whom she followed to Colorado unfortunately, Jean also took Chandra s teenaged daughter Jasmine in tow His workaholic son Sunny has become the brown face of global corporatism, while his daughter Radha has become the argumentative comic book version of a Marxist revolu Pity po [...]


    3. Thank you NetGalley and Random House for this arc.I usually read mysteries thrillers action adventure stories. usually much faster paced books But I found this to be a very nice slow read First though, I must comment that the reader have at least fifty years under their belt so they can properly enjoy it This is an adventure story of sorts Professor Chandra has reached the acme of his professional life and has to reconcile with himself that he may never attain all of his earlier prof Thank you N [...]


    4. Professor Chandra, soon to be seventy, has once again not won the Pulitzer Prize in Economics His career was built on theories now unpopular as unpopular as the Professor himself His kids won t talk with him, his ex married a male bimbo, his coworkers are sick of him He has some nagging doubts about his whole life Has he valued the wrong things Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss had me laughing out loud through the first half Chandra s struggles with the world and his family are presente Profes [...]


    5. Welcome to the Hotel California.Every year, Professor Emeritus P R Chandrasekhar is hotly tipped to win the Nobel Prize for Economics The professor expects it too and yet each year he is disappointed He s now past caring or so he at least claims As Chandra recovers after being injured in a traffic accident, he knows it s time to reassess his life, his career and his relationships with his three children When his ex wife s new partner manipulates him into visiting a Californian retreat, Welcome t [...]


    6. A story about a father that loves his children, even though they sometimes don t see it that way Chandra is a character to love and in all of his imperfections, he s still gets the important things right and isn t that what life is all about


    7. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for a copy of book It deals with insight and enlightenment which can change long held beliefs and relationships for the better It was not the light hearted, amusing book I was expecting 3.5 stars The story gives us insight into our self image may be a drawback into seeing our true selves and how much we could be Professor Chandra s work has been built around [...]


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