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The Monk As Man: The Unknown Life, authored by Sankar, describes the human side of one of Indian history’s most eminent personalities?


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The Monk As Man: The Unknown Life  was published in the year 2011, and this biography of Swami Vivekananda is written by the renowned Bengali author Sankar. It is an English translation of the same book in Bengali.


Founder of the renowned Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Vivekananda reconciled religion with scientific enquiry. He emphasised on inculcating, within one’s self, an unwavering faith and an insatiable thirst for knowledge. He never propagated blind belief and was a successful ambassador of India’s spiritual side to the west.


Swami Vivekananda was also a mystic who traveled extensively, and on these journeys, which were no less than epiphanies to him, he came face to face with the stark poverty of India, which affected him deeply and defined him as a man. It turned him into a champion of the cause of the poor and made him a role model philanthropist.


We are all aware of these aspects of the Swami’s life. Numerous books have been written about him by his brothers, disciples, and students, and by those who simply knew him and benefited by interacting with him. Swami himself wrote various letters and gave speeches, which also serve as a peek in to his life and endeavours.


Keeping all these aspects into account and indulging further into his history, Sankar has attempted to chronicle the lesser talked aspect of his life - Swami Vivekananda as a human being - in his book The Monk As Man: The Unknown Life.


Journeying through the pages of these books, readers will be confronted with the tumultuous family ties of his life and his relationship with his mother will be brought to light. After Swami Vivekananda cut all family ties and set out on his mission, his brothers never as much as bothered to enquire after him. Why so? Also, as the rumours go, did Swami’s sister really kill herself? Did the tedious disputes over matters of family property affect Swami’s health and psychology to the point of taking a toll on his life?

All these questions that had never been associated with Swami Vivekanada and deliberated here.


His affinity to the Vedanta and how he got there, the sight of his second heart attack, his likes and dislikes of various fruits, and his comments on tea and even his physical appearance are also discussed. As readers take in all this information, and more, Swami Vivekananada emerges, for the first time, not as a venerated saint, but as an old friend. He comes alive through this brilliant narration, and the readers are filled with warmth and humbled at being acquainted with the more human side of the great man.


It has met with astounding reviews, with its different approach to the great saint’s life.


About Mani Sankar Mukherji

 

 

Mani Sankar Mukherji, popularly known as Sankar, is an eminent Bengali writer from the Howrah district of West Bengal.


Other books by Sankar include Jekhane Jamon (As It Is There), Kato ajanare (The Many Unknowns), Abasarika, Chowringhee, Gharer Madhye Ghar, and Nagar Andini.


As it is clear from this book, painstaking study and research went into the compilation of this text. It is thoroughly insightful and unique. The readers get to know more about Swami Vivekananda, his personal life and struggles, for his ability to overcome all obstacles, and in creating a golden legacy for himself as a great saint.


While serving as a clerk to a British barrister, he was introduced to literature, and since then, it became his passion. His first book was written about a barrister, known as Noel Barwell, who had instilled this love for the written word in him. Since then, he went on to produce numerous works of eminence and became Sankar, as the English-speaking world knows him today. He is also a marketing professional and an expert on street food, having written two of his novels on his culinary exploits.

Specifications of The Monk as Man : The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda (English) (Paperback)

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Author Sankar
Book Details
Publisher Penguin Global
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2011 May
ISBN-13 9780143101192
ISBN-10 0143101196
Language English
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 238 Pages
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BIJEESH BALAKRISHNAN
08 Nov 2011
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The monk who 'soul'd his people

Sankar's well researched and well written book chronicles the extra-ordinary life of Swami vivekananda,the monk who mesmerised the whole world with his wonderful oratory and wisdom and gave wings to the indian philosophy. lesser known aspects of vivekananda's life, like his obsession with chain smoking, his culinary interests and his tryst with malodies have been detailed in length in this biography.Sankar brings into light vivekananda's intense attachment with his mother. Author depends both on primary and secondary data to write this scholarly work of a life. A must read for all who are i... ()

Sankar's well researched and well written book chronicles the extra-ordinary life of Swami vivekananda,the monk who mesmerised the whole world with his wonderful oratory and wisdom and gave wings to the indian philosophy. lesser known aspects of vivekananda's life, like his obsession with chain smoking, his culinary interests and his tryst with malodies have been detailed in length in this biography.Sankar brings into light vivekananda's intense attachment with his mother. Author depends both on primary and secondary data to write this scholarly work of a life. A must read for all who are i...
Sankar's well researched and well written book chronicles the extra-ordinary life of Swami vivekananda,the monk who mesmerised the whole world with his wonderful oratory and wisdom and gave wings to the indian philosophy. lesser known aspects of vivekananda's life, like his obsession with chain smoking, his culinary interests and his tryst with malodies have been detailed in length in this biography.Sankar brings into light vivekananda's intense attachment with his mother. Author depends both on primary and secondary data to write this scholarly work of a life. A must read for all who are interested in the great vivekananda, the monk as well as the man.Thank you sankar!

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Navaneeth
20 Jan 2014
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Not upto the hyped experiences provided.

First of all the book gives us a different side of the great swami. One who hasn't read any other books or doesn't have any background of who swami is would be misguided by this book verbally.
The book shows the struggle of the great sage, his cons, his non-extraordinary actions and day to day habits. It doesnt enlighten us with the great activites the gems that swami has contributed. I guess the author delibrately left out the main things to portray other side of swami.

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Poushali Ganguly
11 Nov 2013
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Not Really About the Incidents that turned the Man to a Monk

I was under the impression that it would have the life stories of Swami Vivekananda and explain the underlying tenets of his philosophy. Quite contrary to my expectations it is more about his life, family and background.

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Dinesh Kumar
15 Jun 2014
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Inspired

This is a very good book about Swami Vivekananda....I am so inspired by reading this book and know the unknown life of him...

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Ankit Nigam
12 Feb 2014
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Great Insight In Vivekanand's life...

Really enjoyed reading this... This was my first book on swami ji...and i now know a lot about him..........

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This is a very good book about Swami Vivekananda....I am so inspired by reading this book and know the unknown life of him... (View complete review)

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Great Insight In Vivekanand's life...

Really enjoyed reading this... This was my first book on swami ji...and i now know a lot about him.......... (View complete review)

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Not upto the hyped experiences provided.

First of all the book gives us a different side of the great swami. One who hasn't read any other books or doesn't have any background of who swami is would be misguided by this book verbally.
The book shows the struggle of the great sage, his cons, his non-extraordinary actions and day to day ha...
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Ramya.
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good book

I felt very happy after reading this book. Swamy Vivekananda is the person who blossomed the whole world about our flower HINDUISM. The book provides spiritual awareness among the readers. thank u flipkart. (View complete review)

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24 Dec 2013
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Englightning

This book talks about the personal life of Swami Vivekanada. It shows how hard he tried to revive Hinduism and its love in the west. So a must read if you want to know about THE MONK. (View complete review)

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