Born in Pennsylvania to Indian immigrants, Ashim Shanker struggled early with the complexities of identity and found writing to be a suitable outlet for unpacking the many contradictions he faced on a daily basis. The page became a medium for all the questions that had no particular answer. And wishing to explore a new dimension of self beyond heritage and environment, he moved to Japan in 2003 and spent the next 11 years teaching and writing in Tokyo. It was there that he published the first novel of his absurdist 'Migrations' fiction series, Don't Forget to Breathe (2008). Before moving back to the United States for graduate studies, he published one more novel in the series, Only the Deplorable (2013), as well as a collection of short stories and poems, Sinew of the Social Species (2014).
After completing a Master's degree in International Education Policy at Harvard University, Shanker contributed to educational research publications in collaboration with UNICEF and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He also contributed to a collection of educational case studies profiled in the book Building Bridges to the Future (2018).
He recently completed his third novel in the 'Migrations' series, Inward and Toward (2019), and is actively working on new writing projects. Shanker currently resides in Somerville, Massachusetts with his spouse.
This book is a collection of profiles of 10 education organizations that are equipping young people to thrive in the 21st century. Together, these 10 organizations reach over 32 million young people in more than 110 countries in all regions of the world. The profiles describe program content organizational practices, recommendations, and challenges.
Was it possible to feel nostalgic about something that had never happened to him, possible for nostalgia to be taken in by the body as a free pathogen to infect the consciousness with stray sentiments? Perhaps, in his dreams, he had traveled back in time, or even drifted into another dimension of space-time and inhabited the body, experiences, and nostalgia of another.
"...he could imagine the Dust spiraling in corners, plotting en masse an elaborate offensive upon those who sought seclusion from the outside Universe. The Dust: it was older than Time, bound by its allegiance to the Tangible—to the very Physical Substance of creation— to make pointed attacks fueled by conspiracy upon its bitter rival, the amorphously-composed Intangible Will.." (p.202)