- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd; First edition (July 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9381115354
- ISBN-13: 978-9381115350
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,056,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Reverse Journey Paperback – July 1, 2011
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About the Author
Vivek Kumar Singh belongs to Class of '96 of IITKanpur.Since then, he has been part of the IT revolution „ travelling across the globe and working for various companies. He learned conscience and sensitiveness in the jungles of Jharkhand where he did his schooling, at Netarhat, a government residential public school, and a spell at Science College, Patna, made him a politically sensitive animal. Presently Vivek is based in Bangalore and can be reached at email@example.com
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As an Indian who made the same journey about 16 years ago, and is yet to make the reverse journey, I could relate to this book almost as my own story. The one thing I would like to add is that the tug gets stronger in both directions as you spend more years in this country (meaning the old country makes a stronger call to come back; but kids, family, careers provide the reasons not to consider it). I am sure there are some who have no longing for the 'reverse' journey, but I would imagine that there numbers are few and far between.
I recommend the book to any NRI, or anyone who has friends from that part of the world in a western country. A great and enjoyable read.
I always met 2 types of people: 1 those who wanted to settle forever in the U.S.obviously due the glitz and quality of life there.
2nd type were those who wanted to make it big for a few years and come back during the schooling of their kids (to keep the kids rooted to their culture).
Then here I met a third kind of person who came back due to reasons which may seem alien at the beginning but surely thought provoking.
I recommend, go ahead get a copy of this simple,hilarious and at the same time captivating book right till the end.
Here is the preview :
Have a great time.
Given the complexity of the topic, Vivek has done a remarkable job of covering its numerous aspects while still providing several light hearted moments. Vivek's rendition of an immigrant's experiences is engaging and definitely gives back more than its money's worth to the reader
I could not keep it down once I started reading it.
All the characters, the plot and the sequences are very well brought out.
Also the story is very relating.
The last chapter is really interesting.
I think that is the highlight of the entire story.
Overall I liked reading it a lot.
Written by a Bihari IITian from IIT, Kanpur, it's a modest attempt of a man of science & technology- alien to the literary culture trying to establish fusion of the two cultures in his book of Art. It is a good attempt to explore the mind and psyche of a non-resident Indian conditioned by an alien social surroundings who often suffers from the dilemma between pursuing his career abroad and returning to his native land carrying his value system with him imbued with a sense of belongingness.
Obviously the author has experienced inner contradictions within himself and others round him and therefore, the story has taken a turn of a mini and broken ` Bildungsroman' novel projecting the author's perception in form of himself as an `Alter Ego'. The story is autobiographical beginning with first chapter entitled ` Enigma' in USA where the Protagonist lives for five long years when he suddenly requests his Company to transfer him to India and thereafter reverse journey started.
This novel is divided into seven chapters beginning with `Enigma' and covering the chapters `Reverse Journey', `Reminiscences', `Bangalored', `American Touch down', `American Expose' ends in `India Calling'.