Thank you Dear Reader, for it is when you read, that this story of the author and his hero becomes complete – From the Acknowledgements page of The Reengineers
My heart leaps up when I behold yet another review or rating of my book on Goodreads or Amazon. I am grateful for each one of them. Thank you!
Excerpts from selected reviews:
“I have lent this book to my nephew now, who is studying… well, engineering. I am going to insist that the rest of the kids (who are still in school) in the family read The Reengineers too. Nothing can explain what I feel about this book better than this fact.
I feel that it is a relevant book for everyone – students, corporate employees, spiritual aspirants… actually anyone who is looking for a more contented, confident life.” – Nimi Arora
“The Reengineers by Indu Muralidharan is a fantastic read. It deals in a unique way the issue of depression. It also throws light on how people with vested interests try to monetize everything on their way. Be it education, relationships or spirituality.
In the end, it provides a guideline for ethical businesses- “Ensure that work gets done and money keeps flowing”. It resonates with one of the virtues of Jain Philosophy- Aparigraha i.e. non-possession. The “Letters to a Hero” by Siddharth is appealing and casts a kind of spell. The advices on dealing with politics, colleagues & challenges in corporate sector is really useful. They form the heart and soul of the book. The book is not only inspiring but shall also quench Seekers’ of life to a great extent.(I highly recommend the author to write a self-help book on Depression). – Amit Yadav
“The book is filled with inspiring gems. This book is very different from everything that I’ve read. But I am happy that I decided to give it a chance. I’ve seldom seen spirituality explained so well, and this book nails it perfectly.” – Nikita Jhanglani
“I am absolutely impressed by the flawless language and perfect proofing of the book. For this, I congratulate Indu Muralidharan. The book was a joy to read. The author has captured the behind-the-scenes story of spiritual cults to perfection. It’s nothing short of scary but the horrors are obviously real. Very well narrated! Siddharth’s transformation from a depressed man to a confident one with the help of the “Professor” is inspiring. This book is a must read for youngsters.” – Sundari Venkatraman, Author
“The book is a beautiful and easy read. Indu builds the characters slowly and steadily. She has done a good job in writing in intonations, nuances and dialogues which are consistent with the characters.
The classical title of the book, The Reengineers, pulsates with its romantic contents where reality and fantasy conjoin. On the eve of ending his life, the protagonist, Chinmay, wakens into a fictional world to meet a simulacrum in Sid, who has written a story about him. Is Sid Chimay’s future? And when Sid is in trouble does Chinmay help in order to correct what might very well be his own future, all this when the observe is in play? When and where do the future and past, reality and fantasy conjoin?
The book nicely balances good and evil, despair and hope, reality and fantasy, romanticism and classicalism while advancing the story. There is a section which comprises letters Sid writes to Chinmay – these are beautifully composed and hold messages and thoughts that are deeper than the prose that displays them. I highly recommend this book.” – Dilip Keshu, Author of The Nine Dots: A Handbook (with a fancy title) for Young Entrepreneurs and Young Professionals, Land of The Free, Home of The Brave: America and The Race
“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. – Ramiah Ariya, Author of ‘The Exorcism of Satish Kumar MBA’
“Quite an interesting read, almost like a parable – starts up slowly but picks up pace while imparting some key lessons” – Vikas Datta
“The letters written by the Siddhartha were my favourite. They had so much to say in few words…The conversation between Chinmay and the Professor was the cherry on the top. Who can think of such an ending? Kudos author… The novel started on a very different note and ended up in a totally different dimension. I was dumbstruck to know the ending and the proceedings that lead me to such spectacular ending … A fantastic read.” – Jasleen Kaur
True to the quote borrowed from Charles Dickens at the beginning of the book, ‘The Reengineers’ leaves us wondering and wanting more. The novel clutches onto the memory of an era which is now replaced by a post-modern need to clutter. In crisp, easy to understand English, Ms. Muralidharan pens characters and scenarios which reminds one of R.K.Narayan and his most distinguished work ‘Malgudi Days’. – Parul Doshi
“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 Chinamy and Siddarth, 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.” – Sayana Rasal
Review of an early version of The Re-engineers from Publisher’s Weekly as part of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition, in which it was a semi-finalist.
“Recalling first 15 years of life in his hometown of Madras, the author uses a cinematic eye to pan across the minutiae of childhood in this gentle, nostalgic novel. The atmosphere of India, particularly the small suburb of Bharathi Nagar, is steeped in local custom and detail, lending the book its exotic flavor. As the narrator moves from childhood to his teenage years, his focus shifts from grade school to a spiritual center of enlightenment called The Seeker’s School where he is deeply influenced by the founder’s teachings. The gentle arc of childhood and budding adolescence are left behind with refreshing optimism as the narrator looks forward to the next chapter of his life”