Umbilical Cord: A cord that remains, always, in many ways

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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…”

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 noble 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 the 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”

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 Eind- hoven, 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 writes articles for a national and worldwide 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 Hus- band is not a Superhero, Second Heart and Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview; Be A B.A.; Sur- rogate Author; Title is Untitled; Black, Grey and White; The Departing Point and God’s Table. 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.

Review: The umbilical cord contains blood vessels that connecta the foetus with the placenta, the connection between the mother and the unborn child. It is the supportive supply link necessary for the existence of the foetus. Soon after the baby sees the light of the world, the cord is cut. But there remain numerous invisible, intangible, cords with which we are tied throughout our life knowingly or unknowingly. Thus, the phrase umbilical cord has been used in the book as a metaphor to all those instincts of human nature which come naturally. The emotions and feelings which are inseparable parts of human life and society as a whole. The book is a compilation of 40 short stories or ‘cords’ each having a particular message instilled in it. In author’s own words, ‘the endeavour of this book is to help bring in discipline and humility in order to live in harmony.’ It was an easy and short read of meaningful stories. I appreciate the writers for composing such characters with whom we can connect easily. It was surprising for me to read that commercial film like Shahrukh Khan’s Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna can have a deep and positive influence on a person’s mind. Female foeticide, child marriage, AIDS, and concepts of live-in relationship and house husbands in India have been covered so well in these stories. This book does reflect on the values of life and the substance of suffering. A novel short and simple when read with the mind but difficult if read with the heart with the book is smooth and pleasant and is a work that marks the advance to mellowness not only stylistic but also by authors with enigmatic, passionate and engaging writing. I could not put down and continued reading from chapter to chapter with more desire to get ahead. It is well written and full of surprises and certainly a novel that exalts the love in all its sides bearing in mind it the only power probable in achieving good results.

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