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The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda

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The Monk As Man: The Unknown Life was published in the year 2011, and this biography of Swami Vivekananda is written by the renowned Bengali author Sankar. It is an English translation of the same book in Bengali.Founder of the renowned Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Vivekananda reconciled religion with scientific enquiry. He emphasised on inculcating, within one's self, an un ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published 2011 by Penguin Books
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May 22, 2016 Sree rated it really liked it
This book brings out the vulnerabilities and challenges in Vivekananda's life. What I like is, the book demystifies the "Swami" and presents the idea that we all have weaknesses. What distinguishes an evolved soul from the rest is - how one lives through these weak moments.

Sankar presents well the idea that the path to self-realization is the path to reach higher consciousness. It is through relationships that we see the divine in other beings. It is through relationships that we pay our karmic
Suriya Gayathri
Dec 20, 2014 Suriya Gayathri rated it really liked it
A well-researched book by Shankar on the wandering mystic’s personal life. The book is an elaborate work of research on Swamiji’s love for his mother and family, financial constraints, love for food, and his health problems. The author brings into the book a number of citations from Swamiji’s letters to his mother, gurubhais, friends, disciples, admirers, etc. His love for his mother, even after renouncing his family to become a saint, is something which has to be followed by today’s young gener ...more
Sivaraman Nagarajan
Jan 07, 2013 Sivaraman Nagarajan rated it did not like it
This is really worst book . The author goes to nuances of his life but ulitmately losing the very purpose of describing the main pictures.

The author has no idea of where to start and where to end just like I write this comment.

Plethora of unnecessary information irrelevant to the situations are presented .

Vinayak Gaikwad
Jan 25, 2016 Vinayak Gaikwad rated it really liked it
The book, true to its name - shows the unknown side of this charismatic monk. Its certainly insightful and interesting - but somehow as the book progresses - you begin to get a feeling, something which another reviewer touches upon. Wonder if the narrative would have flown better if it was structured differently or if this was "lost in translation". But certainly a must read for those who like Indian history and want to see the other side of this unorthodox monk.
Aditya Kumar Tiwari
Mar 18, 2014 Aditya Kumar Tiwari rated it liked it
A good book indeed...but the information is more like a research and for a man who has already read many books on him rather than for one who is interested and has yet to know a lot. Hence a turn off for a person who is starting his journey to know the great swami but a feast for a man who has known, read and swallowed a lot about our beloved swami ji and hence will just love it. Apply your Vivek and this book will turn out to be pure Ananda!
Karthik Manohar
Aug 23, 2012 Karthik Manohar rated it really liked it
A big Kudos to the author for such an effort to bring out a detailed description of Vivekananda's personal life.It's so painful to read about the mental and physical agony that Vivekananda had to go through.For someone who put forth our religion,culture and tradition to the western world,its heart breaking to read that he almost starved to death.

Nowadays, people who call themselves as saints just because they talk philosophies seem to live a rich and luxurious life whereas he lived the way a sa
Neha Tamhankar
May 31, 2015 Neha Tamhankar rated it it was amazing
Very well researched and written book... Author has put in a lot of dedication and study through the great man's life...throws light on Swamiji's personal life.. manages to tell how everyday problems trouble every human on earth
Sep 26, 2014 Jay marked it as to-read
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The books threw light on many unknown aspects of swami's life. At times Swami looked like a common man with all his troubles. But in the end it made me appreciate how much he accomplished in his short life with all his difficulties. The style of writing in the book is not upto the mark. It changes directions abruptly also the prose is not very interesting to read barring couple of chapters. But still a worth read
Sukhamaya Swain
Dec 27, 2015 Sukhamaya Swain rated it it was amazing
This book gave a peek into so many different aspects of the great man. His penchant for cooking, the foodie that he was, the description of his mother, the history of his family and the detailed description of the last part was absolutely unknown to me.
I loved the book. I agree the editing could have been better as some anecdotes and facts were repeated; am sure by mistake.
Jun 24, 2011 Hiten rated it liked it
Very Interesting Book.. It shows the lighter side of a Great man.
For eg. What was his fav. food, the places he liked, etc.,
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Shankar's real name is Mani Shankar Mukherjee. Sankar is a very popular writer in the Bengali language. He grew up in Howrah district of West Bengal, India.
Shankar's father died while Shankar was still a teenager, as a result of which Shankar became a clerk to the last British barrister of the Calcutta High Court, Noel Frederick Barwell. The experience of working under Mr. Barwell provided the mat
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