Follow the eccentric, cantankerous, utterly charming Professor Chandra as he tries to answer the biggest question of all: What makes us happy?
“Searingly funny, uplifting, and wonderful.... Professor Chandra is as unbending a curmudgeon as one could wish to find scowling from the pages of a novel.” (Helen Simonson, New York Times best-selling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and The Summer Before the War)
Professor Chandra is an internationally renowned economist, divorced father of three (quite frankly baffling) children, recent victim of a bicycle hit-and-run - but so much more than the sum of his parts.
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, he should follow his bliss. Professor Chandra doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Praise for Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss
“Professor Chandra is a wonderful character - stodgy, flawed, contentious, contemptuous - yet vulnerable, insecure, lonely, repentant, and ridiculous enough to win our sympathy. . . . In the end, Balasubramanyam’s novel is a sort of Christmas Carol for a new age.” (NPR)
“Impressively, Balasubramanyam...balances satire and self-enlightenment [in] a surprisingly soulful family tale that echoes Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections in its witty exploration of three children trying to free themselves from the influence of their parents.” (The Guardian)
“Funny from start to finish.... Spending time with Professor Chandra feels like you’ve been in therapy, in a good way.” (Irish Times)
“By turns charming and witty, [Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss] is an effortless, uplifting read that has many pertinent observations to make about family relationships.” (Daily Mail, “Best New Fiction”)
“This brilliant and eloquent novel...is a sort of Zen satire in which tolerance and understanding mingle with hilarious criticisms of contemporary mores.... A wonderful read.” (The Mail on Sunday)
“Uplifting literature, or up-lit as it’s called by publishers, is dominating the bestseller charts.... One of the funniest...is Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam.... Beneath the comedy lie serious concerns. Wellness, capitalism, mollycoddled minds intolerant of political difference: Balasubramanyam’s issues are current.” (The Sunday Times)