ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Prabhakar was born to Korada Suryanarayana and Susheela in Yangon, Myanmar (then Rangoon, Burma) on the 1st of December 1950. His father was a freedom fighter and a philanthropist of communist background, who later settled as a plumbing contractor. The family belongs to a community of agricultural landlords from the Telugu speaking population of the Vijayanagaram District of Andhra Pradesh, South India. Their ancestral roots lie in villages Bheemasingi and Gidijala.
His early education was in Sacred Heart High School, Rangoon. The home environment exposed Prabhakar to discussions on sociopolitical challenges. His middle born status in a family of eight siblings had probably diverted his attention to abstract subjects. Life was very comfortable for the well to do Korada family until the military coup, by Gen. Ne Win in 1962, had made the community of Indians insecure.
Like most others, the family left, their adopted Nation, with only their personal belongings to settle in INDIA. They preferred Hyderabad as it was the capital of Andhra Pradesh [now it is the capital of Telangana State].The Chicago Addresses by Swami Vivekananda created a strong impression on his young mind. They developed in him a sense of patriotic spiritualism which gave him a direction for all his future activities. Prabhakar completed his school education in St. Patrick’s High School, Secunderabad, and joined the Nizam College for his pre University course. He got admitted in Bellary Medical College, Karnataka, [now known as the Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences] from where he graduated in MBBS. He practiced as a Family Physician for a few years, and opted to study for the Diplomate of the National Board course in Psychiatry through Osmania Medical College. His contribution to the field of Psychiatry is largely in the area of Indian concepts that are relevant to Behavioral Sciences. His presentation of the A-Guna personality as the Ideal personality will remain etched in psychiatric literature. He is multitalented. His first writing, in high school, was a one-act play titled, “The Rangoon Road Devils” which won him three interschool awards. He used to write his own plays, direct and act in them. “The World of the Conscience” and “Daku Mangal Singh” are two other examples. He also won the Best Actor award for his role as James Dyke in the “Valiant” at the All India Intermedical Youth Festival, JIPMER, Pondicherry, in 1972. He was a debater and a lead singer in his college orchestra. He was politically active throughout his career. As an undergraduate student he led a movement against the unjust imposition of Emergency. During his post graduation he fought against the sexual abuse of female psychiatric patients, in Institutes, through an indefinite hunger strike. On assuming the office of the President of the undivided Andhra Pradesh State branch of the Indian Psychiatric Society, through the Presidential address titled, “The Untold Saga of Healthcare Providers in India”, he raised a collective voice against the criminal nexus between the politician and the businessman which has destroyed the fabric of medical education in India. At each step he had to pay the price of victimization. But he did not relent. Post Emergency the Janata Party had nominated him as the Convener of Bellary District Youth Wing of the Party. Later in 1991, he filed his nominations to contest for the Lok Sabha from the prestigious Secunderabad Constituency; the assassination of Rajeev Gandhi caused a reverse tide, and he dropped from the contest. He then withdrew from electoral politics and became a social activist. He filed a few Public Interest Litigations with success and also raised issues of social importance through various networks that included Swacch Bharat of late. Significant among his PILs is the petition against the glorification of suicides by the mass media. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of some prestigious professional journals, including international.
He had worked as a Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry in private Medical Colleges at Hyderabad. He is liked by his students and colleagues for his amenable disposure. He had founded two youth movements SAVDHAN and the SQUIRRELS to motivate students to channel their energies into Nation Building activities. This had ensured near zero ragging in the Institutes where he was given the responsibility.
Dr.Prabhakar Korada holds some stimulating and thought provoking opinions, which have the potential for long term effects. According to him, Gandhiji misinterpreted Ahimsa and stretched it beyond all practicability. His Passive Ahimsa was a failure that ultimately resulted in Partition with colossal loss of human life and dignity surpassing all casualties of the Second World War. What India needs is Active Ahimsa; the people of India deserve a better role model.
His first book was a medical guide, “Before You Reach the Doctor’. Then followed, “2012 is not the End: Prophecies of a Hindu Sage” currently available at Kindle Store, Amazon Store, Createspace and other outlets. “Palmful of Diamonds: the Saga of Life & Love” is his debut novel; it is a work of fiction based on his real life experiences.
His way of life is yoga, swimming, and meditation, with a pinch of martial arts. Regarding his personal life, to put it in his own words... he is enjoying the bliss of bachelorhood.
“This epic work, in the vein of Vikram Seth's 1993 novel A Suitable Boy, shares that book's theme of striving to find an appropriate spouse.”
– Kirkus Reviews
A long novel by Indian psychiatrist Korada (2012 is Not the End, 2012, etc.), based on his own experiences.
This epic work, in the vein of Vikram Seth’s 1993 novel A Suitable Boy, shares that book’s theme of striving to find an appropriate spouse. It opens in 2006 with Dr. Surya Rao preparing for the opening of SURYA Hospitals, which offer affordable, holistic psychiatric treatment. He’s a professional success but also carries a personal sadness with him. When Lakshmi Beliappa turns up to the opening ceremony with an unfinished painting by her grown daughter, Sindhuri, Surya is plunged into his own memories. He met Sindhuri, a budding fashion designer, eight years before when she accidentally kicked him in the face in a swimming pool. They became close friends through their shared interests in swimming, karate, and meditation, but Surya resisted his romantic feelings, reasoning that he was too old for her: “my love for her…was truly non-possessive, truly platonic,” he told himself. Instead, he encouraged her to accept one of her parents’ chosen suitors, but none were satisfactory, and one even assaulted her. After Sindhuri’s father’s sudden death, Surya finally changed his tune and proposed to her. Their marriage of true equals was ultimately cut short, but Surya’s philosophical approach to life and death allowed him to make it through: “I am with you through this, Sindhuri….It hurts me as much as it hurts you,” he says. This tragic romance plotline distinguishes the novel, which, despite its excessive length, gallops along fairly well. Religious concepts, such as karma and ahimsa, are unobtrusively discussed along the way, and moments from Indian history and Surya’s activist past are introduced through further flashbacks. There are occasional flashes of poetic language, such as “the sun…appeared like a ball of saffron in the distant horizon.” However, there are persistent problems with misused or missing prepositions and articles (as in “the art to defend ourselves,” “I was at loss for words,” and “She screamed on top of her voice”).
A compassionate tone drives this tender but sometimes shakily written love story.
Pub Date: June 21, 2017
Page count: 750pp
Review Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2017
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