“Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book. The reader’s recognition in himself of what the book says is the proof of the book’s truth.”
― Marcel Proust, Time Regained
I was surprised and delighted at how the first reviews of The Reengineers evoked this quote.
“Chinmay and his friends, I loved them. When I started reading, I felt it was a light hearted book, but had a nagging feeling that I was wrong..Then the book turned so intense that I was affected by so many emotions that I had to take a break from reading. At first , I could see you in Chinmay and Siddharth, then I saw myself and then I realized they represent so many of us , especially from our generation. Indu, I am sure that your book will influence so many people around us, just like how your ‘Poet’ influenced you and how ‘Sid’ influenced Chinmay. Thank you for letting out Chinmay into the world.”
Review by Sayana Rasal, a dear friend and voracious reader
“The Reengineers” reads as an exploration into the meaning of life, success and failure – a grand quest, but interestingly done.
Starting with a traditional method, of stumbling into an alternate reality, the book takes us through one day of a troubled young kid, Chinmay; and his exposure to the “Seeker’s School” – a failing institution. Through the twists and turns in that school, to which Chinmay is merely a spectator, he slowly pulls back from suicidal thoughts and “centers” himself. The book has much to recommend, but the most important reason is that it is splendidly reflective. It let me lay back and observe familiar thoughts running through a younger version of myself in its pages. This mood of reflection is hard to create in writing – congrats to the author for doing it well”
Review by Ramiah Ariya, author of ‘The Exorcism of Satish Kumar MBA’