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A Comma in a Sentence Extraordinary Change in an Ordinary Family Over Six Generations

Price : $10.75
ISBN # : 9788129129772
Author : R. Gopalakrishnan
pages: 184
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Rupa Publications
Published : 2013

In the early 1800s, in the small, sheltered village of Vilakkudi in the Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu, Ranganathan, a small-time landowner, was raising his children, at the time unaffected by British rule in India or upheavals in the rest of the world. As time passed, railways were built and newspapers appeared; isolated villages like Vilakkudi were exposed to social and cultural change. It is this transition that the author, Ranganathan’s great-great-great grandson, tries to trace through the story of his family.

Anecdotal and fascinating, A Comma in a Sentence includes the experiences of Ranganathan; of Ooshi, the author’s great grandfather, who was deeply concerned by the mismanagement of the great Madras famine by the British (an incidental benefit was that the family could earn a wee bit more out of paddy in those years); Gopalan, the author’s grandfather, who encouraged modern school education for his children; Rajam, the author’s father, whose generation moved to the cities for the first time to find work in colonial Calcutta; and R. Gopalakrishnan himself, whose generation was the first to attend college and whose children—the present generation—were fortunate to study in universities like Stanford and Harvard.

Told in lucid, insightful prose, this story provides a microcosmic view of the societal changes India has seen over the past two hundred years.



Author Bio: R. GOPALAKRISHNAN (Gopal to friends) is a reputed business leader who spends his early mornings doing what he loves most: pondering and writing. An inspiring speaker and a deep thinker, he loves to connect stand-alone dots to weave distinctive and masterful narratives.

He has authored three bestselling business books during the last eight years. A Comma in a Sentence is his first book outside of the business genre.

Gopal lives in Mumbai with his wife, Geeta. Their three children have the traditional and the contemporary embedded in them.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 17 December, 2013.
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