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Professor Chandra follows his bliss : a novel / Rajeev Balasubramanyam.

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Summary, etc.: "P.R. Chandrasekhar, the celebrated professor of economics at Cambridge, is at a turning point. He has sacrificed his family for his career, but his conservative brand of economics is no longer in fashion, and yet again he has lost the Nobel Prize to a rival. His wife has left him for a free spirited West Coast psychiatrist and relocated to Boulder, Colorado. His son, a capitalist guru with a cult following, mocks his father's life work; his middle daughter, the apple of his eye, has become a Marxist and refuses to speak to him; and his youngest daughter is struggling through her teenage years with the help of psychedelic drugs. And then, the final indignity: He is hit by a bicycle and forced to confront his mortality. Professor Chandra's American doctor instructs him to change his workaholic ways and "follow his bliss"--and so he does, right to the coast of California, and into the heart of his dysfunctional family. Witty, charming, and all too human, Professor Chandra's path to enlightenment will enchant and uplift readers from all walks of life"--
Subject: College teachers Fiction
Families Fiction
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 0525511385
Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss : A Novel
Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss : A Novel
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When a somewhat embarrassing accident lands Cambridge economics professor P. R. Chandrasekhar in the emergency room, where he learns that he also recently suffered a mild heart attack, a young Californian doctor tells him that he's just ""gotta follow his bliss, man."" Chandra brilliant, cutting, hilarious, and clueless thought that's what he was doing, working with utter devotion to his field and his eyes on the prize (Nobel, that is). A situation with his teenage daughter catalyzes Chandra's renewed connection with all three of his children and a reckoning with this whole ""bliss"" thing, starting with his reluctant attendance at a therapeutic meditation retreat in Big Sur. Balasubramanyam (In Beautiful Disguises, 2001) sets Chandra on a journey through his hardest feelings, working through the anger and emotional ineptitude that too often conceal his infinite love for his family. At first, Chandra's children take even his self-blame for selfishness, but subtle changes in his introspection make for a big outward shift. With humor and emotional agility, Balasubramanyam writes a feel-good story that leaves room for feeling bad.--Annie Bostrom Copyright 2010 Booklist

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In his follow-up to In Beautiful Disguises, Balasubramanyam demonstrates with insight and a dash of humor that it's possible to turn one's life around after everything goes wrong. Perfectionist Cambridge economics professor Chandra is a supposed shoe-in for the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics, but someone else gets the award, and shortly thereafter the professor is hit in a bicycle hit-and-run and has a heart attack. Divorced for three years, he misses his ex-wife-who's now remarried to a Colorado psychiatrist. Meanwhile, Chandra's oldest son, Sunny, is in Hong Kong, having rejected his father's economic theories and set up a successful Institute for Mindful Business; his radical, socialist daughter Radha refuses to communicate with him and forbids the family to tell him where she is living; and youngest daughter Jasmine, academically adrift, gets involved with drugs. Things change when-part dare, part bribe-Steve, the husband of Chandra's ex, arranges for the professor to take a three-day self-awareness course at the Esalen Institute retreat center. Despite resistance to such a place, Chandra is genuinely transformed-though perhaps a bit too easily. Balasubramanyam makes a winning case for how meditation, restraint, self-reflection and owning one's character flaws can bring joy and satisfaction to life. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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