Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

'I loved this beautiful book. It's tender and compassionate, written with exquisite care and verve, and so so SO funny' MARIAN KEYESProfessor Chandra is an expert at complex problems. There's just one he can't crack: the secret of happinessIn the moments after the bicycle accident, Professor Chandra doesn’t see his life flash before his eyes, but his life’s work.He’s just narrowly missed out on the Nobel Prize (again) and even though he kno...

Details Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

TitleProfessor Chandra Follows His Bliss
Release DateJan 10th, 2019
PublisherChatto Windus
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

Reviews Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

  • Jaline
    Update: Happy Publication Date today, March 26, 2019Professor P. R. Chandrasekhar has been leading the kind of life he prescribed for himself 45 years earlier when he left India at the age of 24. With a few alterations. He is 69 years old and although he is Professor Emeritus in Economics at a college in Oxford, the big prize, the one he has worked so hard for, has been elusive. His marriage fell apart a few years before when his wife left him fo...
  • Angela M
    I read this because I was hoping for a lighter book. I routinely read so many books with heavy subject matter by choice, but I thought this would be a nice reprieve. While there is humor to be found here, it’s not what I would call a light read. There are some real issues to think about here - a broken family, a sad lonely man who has put himself and his career before his family and now feels like a failure in his career as well. I’m an outli...
  • Liz
    I'm a sucker for books about cranky individuals, curmudgeons, grumpy souls, if you will. Maybe I feel a kindred spirit. Professor Chandra is a professor emeritus in economics at Cambridge. He's just been passed over for the Novel Prize for the umpteenth time. His life is falling apart. He's wondering whether his life has any meaning. His wife divorced him three years ago and moved to Colorado. He has major differences with two of his three childr...
  • Bianca
    As you can tell from my rating, this was only an okay read for me.I don't know if it's the because of the title and/or the cover, but I was expecting something light, charming and whimsy.I usually like books about changing one's ways, finding one's bliss, although I roll my eyes at some of the pseudo-spiritual stuff some people get up to, while also being in the camp of if it makes them happy and doesn't hurt anyone ... But I don't know, I went w...
  • Diane Barnes
    3.5 starsThis book was much better than I thought it would be, which is a strange comment, I suppose. I had signed up for it at my library, it came in, so I started reading what I thought would be a light, funny book about a curmudgeon. If it was no good, or too light and fluffy, I could just send It back to the library, no harm, no foul. It turned out to be much more than that, which delighted me; a complex story about a complex man trying to fi...
  • Faith
    Chandra is a 69 year old economics professor at Cambridge. He’s been shortlisted for the Nobel Prize several times and his most recent failure to be selected is weighing on him. Other sources of stress are his divorce from ex wife Jean and separation from his children. Seventeen year old Jasmine lives with her mother and step father in Boulder, Colorado. Her older brother Sunny owns a successful business institute in Hong Kong based on the conc...
  • Marjorie
    Professor Chandra was sure he would win the Nobel Prize as an economist, but no, he misses it yet again. Winning this prize has become a necessity for his happiness in his mind. He’ll need to work harder next time. But when he’s the victim of a bicycle hit and run, he begins to re-assess his life and work. He focuses on his relationships with his children and ex-wife. He’s been estranged from his oldest daughter for years. He rarely sees hi...
  • Ivonne Rovira
    Pity poor Cambridge don P.C. Chandrasekhar — an internationally renowned economist and arrogant curmudgeon shortlisted for the Nobel Prize who goes by Professor Chandra. His wife Jean left him for a shallow child psychologist, whom she followed to Colorado; unfortunately, Jean also took Chandra’s teenaged daughter Jasmine in tow. His workaholic son Sunny has become “the brown face of global corporatism,” while his daughter Radha has becom...
  • Janet Newport
    Thank you NetGalley and Random House for this arc.I usually read mysteries / thrillers / action adventure stories..... usually much faster paced books. But I found this to be a very nice slow read. First though, I must comment that the reader have at least fifty years under their belt so they can properly enjoy it. This is an adventure story of sorts. Professor Chandra has reached the acme of his professional life and has to reconcile with himsel...
  • Lori
    "Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss" is a much more complex and textured book than the title and cover make it seem. Chandra is 69, a prestigious professor of economics at Kings College, respected worldwide, who as the book opens has once again been passed over for the Nobel Prize. He's disappointed. He's also a burnt-out, impatient, wise-cracking curmudgeon who's been taken to task by the school's Master for, among other things, calling a stude...
  • Andrea
    When Emeritus Professor P.R. Chandrasekhar misses out on the Nobel Prize for Economics (again), it really doesn't improve his mood. Faced with complaints from his students, an unfortunate run-in with a bicycle and a silent heart attack, the Cambridge Don takes heed of his College Master's advice that it might be a good time to take a sabbatical. So he organises a gig as Distinguished Visiting Professor at UC Bella Vista in California. Apart from ...
  • Krista
    Rating: 3 starsOh Professor Chandra, I had such high hopes that we’d go on a wonderful, humorous, light-hearted journey together. Alas, it did not turn out that way for me. You made me feel your angst about the disconnectedness you had from your children, and your annual disappointment about not winning the Nobel Prize in Economics. But the journey you embarked on to reach out to the family, and the forks in the road you took along the way turn...
  • Betsy Robinson
    Until I read Diane Barnes’s review of this book, I’d not been drawn to it. But Diane directly addressed my assumptions: that it was fluffy—a light read. She said it was a better book than she’d assumed it was.The cover, cover blurb, and title seem to misrepresent it, conveying light fluffiness and fun, inevitably disappointing readers who want that and turning off those who want something substantive. But now that I’ve read and enjoyed ...
  • Aga Durka
    This book is a slow moving, character driven, family drama. There is no action, twist and turns, so for all the thriller/suspense/mystery book lovers this may be a monotonous read. But there is a really good message that I have taken away from this book: that no matter how busy and ambitious we are in our lives, we always need to take time for our loved ones. We really need to hear them out, and try to understand their ways, because if we don’t...
  • Nancy
    Professor Chandra, soon to be seventy, has once again not won the Pulitzer Prize in Economics. His career was built on theories now unpopular--as unpopular as the Professor himself! His kids won't talk with him, his ex married a male bimbo, his coworkers are sick of him. He has some nagging doubts about his whole life. Has he valued the wrong things? Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss had me laughing out loud through the first half. Chandra's st...
  • Kelly Coyle-Crivelli
    A story about a father that loves his children, even though they sometimes don't see it that way. Chandra is a character to love and in all of his imperfections, he's still gets the important things right- and isn't that what life is all about?
  • Jules
    I had high hopes for Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss, but I was disappointed. What I thought would be a humorous, relatively light-hearted book was really a satire where author Ravjeev Balasubramanyam mocks American culture and perhaps empirically proves you can't teach an old dog a new trick.Chandra is not a lovable curmudgeon like those found in A Man Called Ove or The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. He is self-centered and pompous. He ali...
  • SueKich
    Welcome to the Hotel California.Every year, Professor Emeritus P. R. Chandrasekhar is hotly tipped to win the Nobel Prize for Economics. The professor expects it too – and yet each year he is disappointed. He’s now past caring (or so he at least claims). As Chandra recovers after being injured in a traffic accident, he knows it’s time to reassess his life, his career and his relationships with his three children. When his ex-wife’s new pa...
  • Maine Colonial
    Marian Keyes wrote a blurb for this book, calling it “tender and compassionate, written with exquisite care and verve, and so so SO funny.” I want to track her down and give her a good whack upside the head. Largely because of that blurb, I spent a Kobo audiobook credit on this, and it’s none of the adjectives Keyes assigns to it.This is just one long, senseless argument. Chandra arguing with his ex-wife, each of his three kids, some of the...
  • Stephen
    a middle life novel of Chandra who re discovers his life and like the essence of the plot and the writing and the good feel faction
  • Anne
    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would! It starts off a little slowly but then we realize we need the build-up to see Professor Chandra's take on his life and his family which has slowly crumbled a little. His wife has left him for another man, his children have taken different paths in life, and we see his academic life shattered when he doesn't win the prize he hoped for. He's incredibly intelligent, arrogant, and "0ld-school," and yet...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    It's summer, and sometimes you want to read something light; Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss is light. Chandra is a professor at a prestigious university and he is that-close to something he has wanted all his life, a Nobel Prize in Economics. And then, once again, he doesn't get the prize and he has an accident, and he realizes he's almost seventy, divorced, estranged from his kids, and alone.In a crazy move, Chandra heads to Esalen and sudd...
  • Karen
    Opinionated and self-important 69-year old professor Chandra, a Nobel prize nominee (who loses yet again) is told to take a sabbatical from his university for calling a student an ‘imbecile’. Estranged from his family, spiraling downward, and recovering from a silent heart attack, his doctor advises Chandra to take it easy and chill for two months. “You gotta follow your bliss, man. That’s all there is to it”, he advises. So Chandra set...
  • Mayda
    If there were a coming-of-retirement-age genre, this book would undoubtedly be on the short list. Chandra is close to 70 years of age, still teaching and publishing, and still hoping to win a Nobel prize. He is a successful professor, but he doesn’t see himself that way. His personal life is a disappointment, from his failed marriage to his troubled children. But fate - or something -intervenes, and Chandra finds himself at a new-age retreat of...
  • Kim
    Professor P.R. Chandrasekhar has once again lost the 2016 Nobel Prize and he succumbs to thinking this is his defining moment. He has planned the party, the speech, the interviews, he takes a nap, he wakes up, he has not won. Professor Chandra has worked hard his whole life, actually work is all he knows. He is an elitist who believes in his work and his rightness. He sometimes wonders if his life’s work being the world’s foremost trade econo...
  • Jo Shaw
    I was intrigued by the description of this book, and it really did not disappoint. Professor Chandrasekhar is tipped to win the Nobel prize for Economics again, and is disappointed when he fails to win it yet again. Following an accident which leads him to reassess his lonely life in England, he decides to pursue an opportunity in America, where his youngest daughter, his ex-wife and her husband live. His ex-wife's husband manages to manipulate t...
  • Books, Brews & Booze
    Five million stars! If I could give this book more than five stars, I would! By page 10, I was chuckling at the humor. I found myself frustrated by characters’ actions, almost like they were my own family members, and cheering when Professor Chandra had a win. I LOVE this book and know it’s one I’ll want to reread, which I can’t say for every book I enjoy. I also know, when I go to reach for a pen to underline a passage that resonates, th...
  • jhanami
    Prof Chandra has a lot to learn once he misses out on the Nobel prize, has a heart attack, turns 70 and realises he’s estranged from all his children. This is a coming of old age story, about making amends and finding redemption - it is very sweet and warm-hearted, quite funny in parts (especially if you are a little interested in economics), but never twee - Chandra doesn’t miraculously change into the perfect father after a make-over, he’...