BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 24th, AUGUST, 2019

Himalayan Odyssey
By -  M.P. Veerendrakuma

ISBN : 9780670091492
Price : Rs. 999.00
About the Book : 
Haimavathabhuvil the Malayalam version of Himalayan Odyssey published by Mathrubhumi Books in 2007 is a landmark in Malayalam literature, receiving both critical and popular acclaim. In its grand sweep from the serene Himalayas to the banks of the river Nila in Kerala, the non-linear work synthesises legends and mythologies, history and geography, 
cultures and arts, spirituality and politics, capturing the diverse fecundity of Indian civilization. There are musings on our fragile environment, the disaster potential of dams, 
on the emergent water crisis and waste disposal. It has been hailed as an incandescent feat of the imagination suffused with spirituality reminiscent of the author's tutelage under renowned Advaita scholar Dr. T M P Mahadevan at Vivekananda College, Chennai. Many prestigious awards have been conferred on it, including by the Kendra Sahitya Akademi and the Moortidevi Award, instituted by Bharatiya Jnanpith.
About the Author :
Born on 22 July 1936 in Kalpetta, Wayanad district, Kerala, M.P. Veerendrakumar has a Master's degree in Philosophy from Vivekananda College, Chennai and an M.B.A. from Cincinnati University, Ohio, U.S.A. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of Mathrubhumi. He has thrice served as the chairperson of the Press Trust of India, presently a director; as former president of the Indian Newspaper Society, presently executive committee member; and currently a trustee of the Press Institute of India, member of the International Press Institute, the Commonwealth Press Union and the World Association of Newspapers Executive Committee. He took membership in the Socialist Party from Jayaprakash Narayan, was imprisoned during the Emergency; served as minister for forests for 
one day and as an MLA in the Kerala Assembly. He served in the Union Cabinets of Deve Gowda and I.K. Gujral, as president of the Kerala unit of JD (U), and is also a member of the Rajya Sabha. He is largely inspired by Ram Manohar Lohia. Author of twenty one works in Malayalam, Veerendrakumar's works have also been translated into Hindi and Tamil. He has been conferred nearly 100 awards, including the Kendra and Kerala Sahitya Akademi awards, the Moortidevi Award, instituted by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, a fellowship by Kerala Sahitya Akademi and the Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman.
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