Take a trip with the completely infuriating, utterly charming Professor Chandra as he tries to answer to the biggest question of all: what makes us truly happy?
In the moments after the accident, Professor Chandra doesn't see his life flash before his eyes, but his life's work. He's just narrowly missed the Nobel Prize (again) and even though he knows he should get straight back to his pie charts, his doctor has other ideas. All this work. All this success. All this stress. It's killing him. He needs to take a break, start enjoying himself. In short, says his doctor (who is from California), Professor Chandra should just follow his bliss.
Meet Professor Chandra: internationally renowned economist; divorced father of three (quite frankly, baffling) children; recent victim of a bicycle hit-and-run; but much more than the sum of his parts. He doesn't know it yet but he's about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, in search of life's most enigmatic skill: happiness.
Rajeev Balasubramanyam was born in Lancashire in 1974 and went on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford and Developmental Studies at Cambridge. He is the prize-winning author of In Beautiful Disguises. He has lived in London, Manchester, a remote Suffolk beach, Kathmandu and Hong Kong, where he was a Research Scholar in the Society of Scholars at Hong Kong University. He is a currently a fellow of the Hemera Foundation, for writers with a meditation practice, and has been writer in residence at Crestone Zen Mountain Center and the Zen Center of New York City. His journalism and short fiction have appeared in the Washington Post, the Economist, New Statesman, London Review of Books, The Paris Review, McSweeney's and many others. He currently lives and works in Berlin.