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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss
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Rajeev Balasubramanyam
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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Rajeev Balasubramanyam


9781784742546

Chatto & Windus


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


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288 pages

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Take a trip with the completely infuriating, utterly charming Professor Chandra as he tries to answer to the biggest question of all: what makes us truly happy?

In the moments after the accident, Professor Chandra doesn't see his life flash before his eyes, but his life's work. He's just narrowly missed 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.

Meet Professor Chandra: internationally renowned economist; divorced father of three (quite frankly, baffling) children; recent victim of a bicycle hit-and-run; but much more than the sum of his parts. He doesn't know it yet but he's about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, in search of life's most enigmatic skill: happiness.

By:   Rajeev Balasubramanyam
Imprint:   Chatto & Windus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   287g
ISBN:   9781784742546
ISBN 10:   1784742546
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rajeev Balasubramanyam was born in Lancashire in 1974 and went on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford and Development Studies at Cambridge. He also has a a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Lancaster University. He is the prize-winning author of In Beautiful Disguises. He has lived in London, Manchester, a remote Suffolk beach, Kathmandu and Hong Kong, where he was a Research Scholar in the Society of Scholars at Hong Kong University. He was a fellow of the Hemera Foundation, for writers with a meditation practice, and has been writer in residence at Crestone Zen Mountain Center and the Zen Center of New York City. His journalism and short fiction have appeared in the Washington Post, the Economist, New Statesman, London Review of Books, Paris Review, McSweeney?s and many others. He currently lives and works in Berlin.


I loved this beautiful beautiful book. It's tender and compassionate, written with exquisite care and verve, and so so SO funny -- Marian Keyes 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. Searingly funny, uplifting and wonderful -- Helen Simonson, author of MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND There's a long tradition of trying to describe the spiritual search and the ineffable mystery without sounding like a pretentious snob or a sappy Pollyanna. Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss manages to pull it off. The book tackles perennially difficult and deep questions with humor and humanity, beautiful writing, and a page-turning storyline. I gave myself over to Professor Chandra's journey as he opens himself to self-examination, family healing, and a more courageous experience of being alive -- Elizabeth Lesser, author of New York Times bestseller BROKEN OPEN and Cofounder, Omega Institute Heartrending, hilarious, and deeply wise, this novel about the clueless Professor Chandra - emotional blockhead, Cambridge don, and Nobel-wannabe - left me in tears when I wasn't laughing. His crash course in self-realization at 70 reveals how little he actually knows, about himself and the crazy family he loves, and that it's never too late to grow up or follow your bliss wherever it takes you. I could not put this novel down -- Mark Matousek, author of Sex Death Enlightenment and When You're Falling, Dive

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