Venkataraman Nilakant teaches Management at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has a Ph. D. in Organizational Behavior from the Case Western Reserve University in the United States. He completed a Master of Science in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of technology, Kanpur and also obtained a qualification in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta. His wife Jayashree is a medical doctor. He is also interested in photography and science fiction.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My primary occupation is teaching and doing research on organisational resilience. The city where I live in New Zealand was hit by major earthquakes in 2010-2011 that killed 185 people and caused extensive property damage. I survived the quakes and chose to do research on post-disaster recovery and resilience. When I am not teaching, researching or writing, I like to meditate. I am deeply interested in spirituality. I also like exercising and going for walks. I have a passion for photography. My photos are featured on Galaxy of Yoga Facebook page.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read reviews of books. I mostly rely on references from the books that I read. I have found Zite, which is an iPhone App, to be a great source for interesting books. I also rely on Amazon recommendations.
The author goes on an amazing 3,000-mile road trip through the heartland of India seeking spiritual experiences. His wife, his spiritual guide and another couple accompany him in a borrowed Ford Fiesta. They visit ancient cities and temples, get lost in jungles, endure breakdowns and meet interesting people. A must read for anyone interested in India, its mystical roots and the meaning of life.