'I loved this beautiful book. It's tender and compassionate, written with exquisite care and verve, and so so SO funny' MARIAN KEYES
Professor Chandra is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime.
In the moments after the bicycle accident, Professor Chandra begins to reassess his life, his career and his relationship with his three children.
He’s just missed out on the Nobel Prize (again). All this work. All this stress. It's killing him.
Professor Chandra needs to take a break, and reluctantly agrees to visit a Californian retreat, to follow his bliss.
And so he must try to crack the most complex problem of all: the secret to his own happiness
Chandra is a delightful creation: peevish, intolerant, intellectually exacting, unwittingly eccentric, nerdy, needy let lovable. The book, like its picaresque hero, is a one-off
This brilliant and eloquent novel, which puts into words so many unutterable annoyances, is a sort of Zen satire in which tolerance and understanding mingle with hilarious criticism of contemporary mores. It’s a wonderful read
Rajeev Balasubramanyam gently pokes fun at the modern fondness for positivity, but tells a disarmingly positive story... The writing is elegant and witty and the comedy is always underpinned with humanity; a life without bliss is no life, and the gradual dawning of Chandra’s self-awareness is genuinely uplifting
Balances satire and self-enlightenment... a surprisingly soulful family tale that echoes Jonathan Franzen’s Corrections in its witty exploration of three children trying to free themselves from the influence of their parents
A past Fellow of the Hemera Foundation for writers with a meditation practice, and writer in residence at Brooklyn Zen Center, Rajeev Balasubramanyam is the author of the heart-warming story of a curmudgeonly middle-aged man's quest for happiness, Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss. Here he offers a beginner's guide to meditation and explains how it could help us all live more blissfully.