02 January 2021

#BookReview Surge On Like a River

 Surge On Like a River

About The Book

Surge On Like a River is the English translation of the Tamil book titled ‘Nee Nadhi Pola Odikondiru’, originally written by Bharathy Bhaskar, a Chemical Engineer and an MBA, who is a banker by profession. She is also a popular columnist and speaker, and a household name in Tamil homes, thanks to the debates and shows she has spoken in.

The essays are written in a simple, engaging style, and filled with profound insights. These nuggets of wisdom primarily draw from the author’s life experiences and her empathetic observations of the people and situations around her.

This English translation by V. Shyamala captures the lively nature of the original, bringing it to a wider audience with the idea that the readers who do not know Tamil should not miss out on the wonderful collection.

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My Thoughts

When I first come across this book, I had mixed feeling about it.

Personally, I love essay books which depict a various aspect of life. These called “Chutki Lekha” in Bengali, and are my absolute favorite. One of my most favorite book Bhorbela Parke by Sunil Gangopadhyay. I can’t tell you how much I love the book. And Surge On Like a River reminded me of this book.
Secondly, I don’t prefer translated books, as I feel, the soul of the book gets lost in translation. However, this is not the case for this book. The translation is simply brilliant and you won’t even feel like reading a translated book. 

My personal favorite essays from the book are Silent Blessings, Shut Up and Move On, Beauty… What Is It? and Inseparable Friendship- the Greatest Boon!
Overall, I can assure you, one will simply love this book. 


About the Author

Bharathi Baskar is a Tamil Orator who is popular for her humorous debate talk shows called Pattimandram.com, telecasted on Sun TV. She is also an anchor for the daily talk show called Vaanga Peasalam at 7.15 a.m from Monday to Wednesday on Sun TV. Bharathi Baskar is also a Senior Vice President at Citi Bank, Chenna

About the Translator

V.Shyamala is a cost accountant, a homemaker, and a writer. She loves to weave stories and is on a continuous quest to seek new and creative ways to teach children. When not writing, reading, or thinking up stories, Shyamala mentors CIMA students, strives to workout, loves tweaking South Indian heritage recipes, and translates Tamil words to English. She is also a member of AWIC (Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children) and volunteers at a local library twice a week.

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