- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harper Element (5 March 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9350297299
- ISBN-13: 978-9350297292
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 2 x 14.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,10,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Reengineers Paperback – 5 Mar 2015
"The book nicely balances good and evil, despair and hope, reality and fantasy, romanticism and classicalism while advancing the story. There is a section which comprises letters Sid writes to Chinmay - these are beautifully composed and hold messages and thoughts that are deeper than the prose that displays them. I highly recommend this book." - Dilip Keshu, Author of The Nine Dots and The Race
"The book has much to recommend, but the most important reason is that it is splendidly reflective. It let me lay back and observe familiar thoughts running through a younger version of myself in its pages. This mood of reflection is hard to create in writing - congrats to the author for doing it well." - Ramiah Ariya, Author of 'The Exorcism of Satish Kumar MBA'
"Quite an interesting read, almost like a parable - starts up slowly but picks up pace while imparting some key lessons" - Vikas Datta
"True to the quote borrowed from Charles Dickens at the beginning of the book, 'The Reengineers' leaves us wondering and wanting more. The novel clutches onto the memory of an era which is now replaced by a post-modern need to clutter. In crisp, easy to understand English, Ms. Muralidharan pens characters and scenarios which reminds one of R.K.Narayan and his most distinguished work 'Malgudi Days'. - Parul Doshi
"Chinmay and his friends, I loved them. When I started reading, I felt it was a light hearted book, but had a nagging feeling that I was wrong..Then the book turned so intense that I was affected by so many emotions that I had to take a break from reading. At first, I could see you in Chinamy and Siddarth, then I saw myself and then I realized they represent so many of us, especially from our generation. Thank you for letting out Chinmay into the world." - Sayana Rasal
About the Author
Indu Muralidharan is an electronics engineer turned software professional. Her short stories, features and book reviews have appeared in publications such as Muse India, Life Positive the New Indian Express the Brown Critique and the Kritya Poetry Journal. This is her first novel. She grew up and continues to live in Madras (as she prefers to call Chennai).
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The Reengineers by Indu Muralidharan is a fantastic read. It deals in a unique way the issue of depression. It also throws light on how people with vested interests try to monetize everything on their way. Be it education, relationships or spirituality.
In the end, it provides a guideline for ethical businesses- “Ensure that work gets done and money keeps flowing”. It resonates with one of the virtues of Jain Philosophy- Aparigraha i.e. non-possession.
The “Letters to a Hero” by Siddharth is appealing and casts a kind of spell. They form the heart and soul of the book.
The book is not only inspiring but shall also quench Seekers’ of life to a great extent.
(I highly recommend the author to write a self-help book on Depression).
In the “Letters to a Hero” the advices on dealing with politics, colleagues & challenges in corporate sector is really useful.
Best moments @ The Reengineers by Indu Muralidharan
“Fourteen is the age when time first starts to make its presence felt. Time took on such a variety of hues in those days”.
“I felt sorry for her even though she slammed the door again”.
“I was not a misfit. I was a seeker”.
“It takes time, effort, physical strength and moral courage to cope up with depression and then catch up life afterwards”.
“In real life, every day, every hour, every task, and sometimes every conversation can count as a test”.
“In life as much as in work, it is better to not to completely trust anyone”.
“Awareness is not like a wisdom tooth that comes with time”.
“I was not surprised. Failure had become a way of life”.
“One who would go through the same journey that he had taken, from being a passive character at the mercy of the world around him, to being hero”.
“He can rise and soar again. He merely has to wish for it”.
“A few get lucky, most compromise”.
Story@ The Reengineers
Initially the book takes you into the library where the protagonist Chinmay with his besties Anu & Sabi engage themselves in reading books may be as a way to escape from realities.
The protagonist Chinmay decided to commit suicide just after his 10th examinations. He found it unbearable to see his parents getting divorced. Before examination something unusual happened. He with his besties landed themselves at Seeker’s School in Conchpure.
Shall Chinmay’s life change on meeting with Siddharth in Conchpure?
Can a single person change our life?
Or will he end his life?
I rate it as 5/5.
The three friends are misfits in the society, even among their own family members.
Chinmay Narayan is the protagonist of The Reengineers.
On the first page itself, he tells that he had two goals - to top the class ten board exams, and to kill himself after the exams. In the very next sentence, he clarifies that by the next afternoon, his life and plans had changed.
As readers, we now have a notion of where this story would go, and probably end. It is the 'how' that keeps you hooked.
It is a coming of age book. It starts at a time when Chinmay did what his parents desired. He did not know he could choose different. Not while living anyway. So he had decided to end his life.
When the book ends, the life and its' choices have changed drastically.
The language of The Reengineers is rather poetic, dreamlike quality at times. You feel your sense being enveloped by the emotions of the characters whose life is about to be reengineered.
Suddenly the vibe changes. There is mystery, tension, and danger in the air.
The story of The Reengineers doesn't rush from one event to the other. It relishes the emotions.
Detailed review with excerpts on my blog NimiArora.com
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The book is filled with inspiring gems. For example, there is one excerpt that tells you the importance of not just having a plan in place for your life, but also being flexible enough to change it when the circumstances arise.
This book is very different from everything that I’ve read. But I am happy that I decided to give it a chance. I’ve seldom seen spirituality explained so well, and this book nails it perfectly.
The use of a decent vocabulary and a smooth flow of the prose earn this book those extra brownie points.
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