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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?
Summary Of The Book
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.
|Publisher||Penguin Random House|
|Number of Pages||256 Pages|
|Publication Year||2015 July|
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Dec 23, 2014
The Monk as Man : The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda
Dec 21, 2014
Dec 20, 2014
the author Sankar have repeated many things which is already in the complete works of Swami Vivekananda
Oct 24, 2014
Great Inspiring Book
Jun 15, 2014
Nov 8, 2011
The monk who 'soul'd his peopleSankar'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 inte… (Expand)
Jan 20, 2014
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.
Nov 11, 2013
Not Really About the Incidents that turned the Man to a MonkI 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.
Jan 25, 2013
Indeed the Book is really mesmersing!! and all the above readers are nodding the head for itOne thing to say about this book is probably Mr Sankar had done commendable job researching life of swami Vivekananda and projected in such a way so that, this book gets sold in lofty number. The author has very jealously presented him (lion which roared and its long and loud roar was heard by western people)' as nothing was so great about him with few gathered facts. I bow to the great skill of the author in MESMERISING the readers. Sad to have such authors, No wonder its India....
Dec 23, 2014
The Monk as Man : The Unknown Life of Swami VivekanandaHad lots of expectations from this book - But the whole book consists of incidences that happened with swami vivekanandji at different juncture of his life.
Dec 21, 2014
Uninteresting FactsThe book gives information about Vivekananda's family more than him...
Dec 20, 2014
the author Sankar have repeated many things which is already in the complete works of Swami Vivekanandathe author Sankar have repeated many things which is already in the complete works of Swami Vivekananda
Oct 24, 2014
Great Inspiring BookFull Life of great swami vivekanda..I recommend every indian must want to read this book, we will get lot of informations for our really life by reading this type of Books..
Jun 15, 2014
InspiredThis is a very good book about Swami Vivekananda....I am so inspired by reading this book and know the unknown life of him...
Feb 12, 2014
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..........