By Abraham Joseph
Genre: Non-fiction, Pages: 280, binding: paperback / hardbound, ISBN No.-978-93-81205-75-4
Through his brilliant and often moving autobiography ‘Living with Realities, Abraham Joseph throws fresh light on the extraordinary but relatively unknown story of that generation of Indians, especially the civil engineers of the Central Civil Services, on whose shoulders were placed, in immediate post-independent India, the burden of building the physical infrastructure of the country, which the present generation takes for granted today.
But this book is much more than a mere linear narrative of a professional’s life. It also throws valuable light on the interesting story of the Syrian Christian community of Kerala, a community whose immense contribution to national life far outweighs the miniscule size of their population. The story of their arrival on the shores of Kerala all the way from the deserts of Syria more than 2000 years ago, the complex mixing of various races and the resultant diversity of traits of human behaviour and its effects on the socio-economic canvas of Kerala are brought out in a fascinating analysis, never attempted before.
The author presents a very complex and interesting hypotheses, that all individual action is strongly influenced by racial characteristics. Written with humor, pathos and deep understanding of the human psyche, this book is a must-read for every Indian living in the realities of life in this complex land which we call a Nation.