Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss
Rajeev Balasubramanyam

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Narrated By: Ramon Tikaram

Duration: 10 hours and 3 minutes

What to expect

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam, read by Ramon Tikaram.

There’s no problem Professor Chandra can’t solve. Except for one: the secret to happiness

In the moments after the accident, Professor Chandra doesn’t see his life flash before his eyes, but his life’s work.

He’s just narrowly missed the Nobel Prize (again) and even though he knows he should get straight back to his pie charts, his doctor has other ideas.

All this work. All this success. All this stress. It’s killing him. He needs to take a break, start enjoying himself. In short, says his doctor (who is from California), Professor Chandra should just follow his bliss.

Professor Chandra doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to embark on the trip of a lifetime.

(c) 2019, Rajeev Balasubramanyam (P) 2019 Penguin Audio


Modern & contemporary fiction, Narrative theme: Interior life, Family life fiction

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This brilliant and eloquent novel, which puts into words so many unutterable annoyances, is a sort of Zen satire in which tolerance and understanding mingle with hilarious criticism of contemporary mores. It’s a wonderful read

Daily Mail

Rajeev Balasubramanyam gently pokes fun at the modern fondness for positivity, but tells a disarmingly positive story... The writing is elegant and witty and the comedy is always underpinned with humanity; a life without bliss is no life, and the gradual dawning of Chandra’s self-awareness is genuinely uplifting

The Times

Balances satire and self-enlightenment... a surprisingly soulful family tale that echoes Jonathan Franzen’s Corrections in its witty exploration of three children trying to free themselves from the influence of their parents


I loved this beautiful beautiful book. It's tender and compassionate, written with exquisite care and verve, and so so SO funny

Marian Keyes

Chandra is a delightful creation: peevish, intolerant, intellectually exacting, unwittingly eccentric, nerdy, needy let lovable. The book, like its picaresque hero, is a one-off