Thursday, 25 June 2015

God's Table by Santosh Avvannavar, Jyothi Byahati & Dr. Sandeep Huilgol: Book Review

Yet another social subject from Author Santosh and team! This time, it is in the form of a conversational discussion between a couple over their dinners and breakfast tables. They discuss about twelve major social and personal crisis that prevail in our society. At the end of each discussion, they seek the advice of Paul, a Godly man, who enlightens the readers with his unbiased, expert opinions.

A few of the topics that are discussed are education system, euthanasia, honour killing, abuse and social media.

God's Table is a quick read to remind all of us of the atrocities happening around us. The book rightly educates the readers about the intricacies of our society.

Please take part, spread awareness!

Breakfast and especially, dinner is the time of the day when the entire family get to share the same table after their individual schedules of the day. That's exactly the situation in God's Table around which the discussions between the couple, Amrita and Robert, revolve. Robert and Amrita discuss things that they witness as a doctor and a teacher respectively. What they begin as a casual conversation gains a strong meaning with their deep analyses and at the end, the saintly Paul throws light on the discussion subjects from a broader perspective. 

Here are a few highlights from their discussion:

Education System in India

As a teacher, Amrita is unhappy about our education system which seems to be oriented towards building careers and making money rather than imparting the real essence of education. They discuss about corruption, deemed universities, illegal approval for universities and the need for a single entrance test for admissions. Paul, then, addresses this issue by educating the readers on the four key elements in education. 

Health is Wealth

The couple make a thoughtful discussion about how every day health can be taken care in the modern-day lifestyles. Amrita describes how regular exercise, a good belly laugh and good thoughts take effect on our overall health. Talking about food, she says,
It is found that, intestines constantly interact with the brain; if food is consumed during anger or sadness the body will store more fat than if eaten in a relaxed state of mind. Scientists have termed intestines as "second brain" as eating is so closely linked with brain and emotions. (Page 25)
In the end, Paul narrates how Adam and Eve were for the first time exposed to sickness, old age and death and advises on wise eating habits. 

Death of Loved Ones

Amrita is sad about the sudden death of her colleague's husband in a road accident. She recollects her friend's anguish about why God allowed her husband to die. Robert shares his views that life shouldn't be misconceived to be led by fate and predestination. Paul comes up with important revelations about life and death. 

Child Marriage

Robert explain a pregnancy case he handled for a 15 year old girl. They both grieve about the practice of child marriages that still prevail in Indian villages and how young girls get forced into marriage, pregnancy and child birth when they are not physically, mentally and emotionally mature enough. Paul later enlightens the readers about marriages. 

These are just a few. Other issues like social media, child abuse, euthanasia, honour killing, elections  etc. are also discussed. 

Special appreciations to Pooja Mehra for the book cover design.  

Reviewed for the Author

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy from the Author in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Thanks to author Santosh Avvannavar for the signed copy. 

Title: God's Table: The Last Supper
Authors: Santosh Avvannavar, Jyothi Byahati & Dr. Sandeep Huilgol
Publisher: Hoffen 
Pages: 69

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About the Book

A noble couple. In noble professions. He’s a doctor and she’s a teacher.

What do they discuss over meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner? They are perturbed by the social, moral, economical and anthropological issues plaguing our country these days.

Meet Amrita and Robert, a couple who will speak on behalf of you. Witness their daily discussions on problems you think are worth talking about. Education, Medication, Elections, Corruptions, Honour Killing, Child Marriage, Social Media – you name it and the disease has already made deep wounds in our country’s body and soul.

God comes to rescue along with Amrita and Robert. Delve into the gospels and teachings of God to find a solution to each malady, if you wish to accept it.

Authors Santosh Avvanavar, Jyothi Byahatti and Dr. Sandeep Huilgo present a unique fiction in conversations to remind you how God would have faced and erased a few of our society’s key problems.

About the Authors

Santosh Avvannavar: Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. He did his college education from NITK, Surathkal. He functioned as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President, while he was working at IISc, Bangalore. He has over 25 publications of mostly research documents that have found their place in National & International Jour- nals. Also, he has done 16 conference papers and regularly functions as a writer of different articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He is an advisor for different organizations. He is an author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya, Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero, Second Heart, Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview, Be a B.A., Surrogate Author, Title is Untitled, Black, Grey and White, The Departing Point. 

Throughout his personal time he composes his thoughts in a website, namely www.amritafoundation.wordpress. com and ventures into fiction writing. He delivered semi- nars and training to more than 40,000 people in India and abroad over the span of 7 years. 

Jyothi Byahatti: Jyothi has done MBA in HR & Marketing from Karnataka University, Dharwad and started career as a banker with ICICI Bank Ltd. She has also worked as a Recruitment Consultant with an executive search firm. Moved on for a short stint in teaching with T John College, Bangalore in the department of Management Studies. Jyothi got involved in proof reading and editing a few books, which inspired her to start writing stories.

Dr. Sandeep Huilgol: Sandeep did his medical schooling from Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli and he underwent his medicine training at Mallya Hospital a lead- ing super specialty hospital in Bengaluru. During his medi- cine training he developed special interest in nephrology, which deals with kidney diseases. After having spent a year in the Nephrology department to complete his Masters at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom he returned back to India to undergo further training in Nephrology and transplantation at Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore. He has published articles on kidney diseases in National daily and an international magazine apart from academic publications and presentations. He is also part of an initiative, a journal which is trying to create a platform for the resident to publish academic articles. During his Nephrology training he has come across many patients with various problems other than medical which were more troublesome than kidney diseases. This prompted him to come up with an idea to create awareness among general public about the issue and he has given several talks to achieve this objective with which he is not satisfied yet and aims to reach a larger audience in future.

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