'Umbilical Cord' by Meena R Chandawarkar & Santosh Avvannavar

About the Book:

Title: Umbilical Cord
Author: Meena R Chandawarkar & Santosh Avvannavar
Editors: Rajashree Ghosh & Parul Thakur
Publisher: Hoffen
Language: English
No. of pages: 128
Year of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 9781517762162
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Here comes a compilation of 40 short stories by Meena R Chandawarkar and Santosh Avvannavar that uses The Umbilical Cord as a metaphor to bring social awareness and intends to draw the reader’s attention towards the society. The stories in this book revolve around love, forgiveness, empathy etc. as society is a cobweb of relationships. There is something for everyone in this book. Read on to find out which ‘cord’ is closer to your heart, as the Umbilical Cord is an attachment that remains forever…the name says it all…

About the Authors:

Meena R Chandawarkar:

Prof Meena Rajiv Chandawarkar presently the Vice Chancellor, Karnataka State Women's University, Vijapura, is a multifaceted personality. After commencing her career as a Probationary Officer with Union Bank of India, she joined the nobel profession of teaching at Narasapur Arts and Shirur Commerce College, Bagalkot, where she worked for 24 years.
Basically a student of commerce, she switched over Human Resource Development related activities after her research on Human Development and Productivity. She then joined the UGC-Academic Staff College, Karnataka University Dharwad as its Director, made it a centre of vibrant academic activity and enjoyed unique privilege of inspiring and motivating teachers who underwent training programmes there. She is an ardent lover of dance, music and fine arts. She encourages youth to exhibit their inert potential in these areas by conducting various programmes on behalf of AMRITA Foundation for Human Resource Development, Bagalkot.
She has bagged the Karnataka State Government's Department of Collegiate Education "Best Teacher Award for Commerce" and "ETV Kannada Channel's "Solariser Paripoorna Mahila Award". A staunce believer of the saying "Be thy labour great or small, do it well or not at all." She strives to be an inspiring teacher and making a difference in the lives of her numerous students.

Santosh Avvannavar:

http://www.ushanarayanan.com/Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly written articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organisations.

He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero, Second Heart and Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview; Be A B.A.; Surrogate Author; Title is Untitled; Black, Grey and White; The Departing Point; God’s Table and Umbilical Cord.

He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a website, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD (www.amritafoundation.wordpress.com). He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 45,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.

My Views: 

This is the second book of Santosh Avvannavar that I am reviewing on Straight from the Heart. The review of first book 'She - Ekla Chalo Re" can be read here.
As per my understanding, Santosh writes stories that carry a message in them. She - Ekla Chalo Re is about the life of a transsexual. This book is a compilation of 40 short stories (already mentioned in the blurb), which stay with you even after you close the book.
This is the kind of book that you can pick up to read over a cup of coffee. You will finish it before the coffee gets cold. It is a real quick read. The stories are simple, short and precise.

I could write one line review of all the 40 stories but that would ruin the experience for you.

Overall, it is a simple book of 40 really short stories that carry a message.
Read on to find out which ‘cord’ is closer to your heart, as the Umbilical Cord is an attachment that remains forever. The price of the book is too high, though. Wish the author does something about that.  Those who have kindle unlimited subscription, enjoy reading the book.

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