Suggested By: KS Narendran
KS Narendran is a Principal Consultant with Flame TAO Knoware Pvt. Ltd. and a Director on the Board Of Greenclouds Education Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and Sumedhas Academy for Human Context. Narendran led an uneventful life till he turned 50. Soon after, he lost his wife, Chandrika in the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370. Since this event, he has taken on a more public profile, speaking and writing about the issues related to the search, and investigation into the loss of MH370. He has written the book ‘Life after MH370: Journeying through a Void’. Narendran lives in Chennai with his mother and daughter.
He lists out 5 authors who have influenced him...
J Krishnamurthi: Reading or listening to him is a meditative experience. His deep inquiry into the human condition, the rejection of all dogma, and exhortations to the individual to discover his/her subjective truths rather than be captive to this or that greatly appeal to me.
Hermann Hesse: Many of his books are about the search and the seeker, the paths and experiences on a journey to discover/confront the truth about the self. I remember reading ‘Narcissus and Goldmund’ a few times. ‘Steppenwolf’ was my first Hesse and I recall being quite taken in by it.
Chaim Potok: 'The Promise'. I read this book when in college, and remember it to this day for a slice of conversation between the father and his young son in which the father chides his son thus: “When did things become what they appear to be?” Over the years, this line has been a guiding light, and pushed me to go beyond taking things at face value, seek evidence, corroboration, alternative explanations, etc.
Nikos Kazantzakis: 'Zorba, the Greek'. Zorba’s fearless, uninhibited self, his zest for life and living it to the hilt, his exuberance and spontaniety in contrast to his employer’s (the other main character) socialized self, fearful, prosaic, and ponderous ‘poetry’ has remained a challenge for me to work through my own stuckness in normative ‘oughts’ and ‘shoulds’ and touch my own spontaniety.
Fydor Dostoyevsky: His involved writing is a challenge. Quickening in parts, lingering in other places, sunshine and grey are never too far apart, mostly brooding, searing. He brings an acute insight into human affairs, the psyche.