22 February, 2019

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - Books that have kept me going... by Radhika Sachdev

*** Special Feature - February 2019 ***

About the Book:
Penned in real time, from the hospital bed while battling for life, on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone’s 4x2 inch keypad, the only device allowed to the patient in her supersanitized recuperating room, this book follows a hybrid format of medico-psycho thriller, interspersed with SMS chats, transcripts of medical records, and other workings of an addled mind overcome by sickness, yet determined to pull through.

It is a first-hand account of a liver transplant recipient’s journey in India, chronicled from the patient’s perspective in vivid detail as a series of dramatic events unfold in her life, completing the cycle from sickness to health, despair to hope.

It also tells the story of a single mom and breadwinner of the family, her strong bonding with her adoptive daughter, and her family and friends’ support. The author hopes that this book will give courage and direction to other patients whose lives are hanging by a thread, patients awaiting a life-saving cadaveric organ donation.

Book Links:
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Books that have kept me going....

Since I like my reading stuff simple  - the one book, rather novella I'd want my daughter to read (she hasn't yet) is Amtoine De-Saint Exupery's The Little Prince. It's possibly as simple, as you can get. Yet so subtle and profound in meaning - it's for timeless, ageless consumption. The night I finished it, I remember calling up the friend who had lent it to me. She wanted to know what's the first thing I did, when I put the book down? "Why, I went out to look at the sky and find the Little Prince" I said, with tears of ambiguous loss pouring down my eyes. 

"That's what everybody does," she laughed. 

Unfortunately, I don't get much time to read these days - its mostly newspapers and boring industry reports for the kind of work I do - but I was once very fond of Daphne du Maurier, Robin Cook and of course, Jeffrey Archer. That may not come across as a very impressive list - but that's me.  

In contrast, my mother, who was very well read, once gave me Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace to read. It must have taken me a whole year to finish it, but religiously, each day, I would read at least one page of that tome. And the day I finished it, I suddenly stuck what depths I'd delved into, and the very day I started reading it all over again, and this time managed to finish it in two start days, end-to-end. That marked the start of my love affair with classics and period literature.    

About the Author:

Radhika Sachdev is an independent journalist who has held senior editorial positions with leading news banners – the Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Financial World, and The Pioneer. Presently, she runs her own advertising outfit, Write Solutions.

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