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"...good-humored and self-deprecating... deals with drama elegantly."
"First-time author Rajamani delivers a fascinating look at his life and his recovery as a brain-injury patient that is both heartbreaking and uplifting."
"In this frank and witty account of his own brain "explosion," Rajamani describes in vivid detail the circumstances leading to the injury, and its devastating aftermath on both his family and himself, including chronic epilepsy and a freak form of blindness affecting the left side of each eye. With disarming drollery, the author also recounts his racism-tainted upbringing as an Indian American in white-dominated Suburban Chicago. Shedding much-needed light on a little-known medical trauma, Rajamani's sharp-edged prose is both informative and inspiring, especially for the many marginalized sufferers of brain injury and those close to him."
"A pretty wild book."
"...a hopeful book about what life is really like for a twentysomething who falls down a rabbit hole but doesn't end up in Wonderland. Instead, he finds a nightmare that won't end without the strength of character that he never knew he had.”
"Rajamani's account is personal, inspiring, terrifying and funny, finding humour in his situation..."
"Brilliant and Engaging. Perfect sarcastic humor... a hilarious, irreverent, fascinating Holden Caulfield-esque story of a 25-year-old 'brain-damaged, Indian American redneck.'"
"Frightening, raw, droll, and hopeful.”
"With a self-deprecating tone that vacillates between humor and anger, Rajamani details the cerebral hemorrhage and the damage it caused. The book jumps back and forth in time, from the “brain explosion” that left him epileptic and partially blind, to his childhood growing up as a first-generation Indian American in suburban Illinois, and to his post-college years working in New York. Rajamani describes what it is like to relearn the most basic of skills — how to walk, to eat, to speak — as an adult. “True, what I went through was terrible and, true, I wasn’t always patient with those around me,” he writes. “But I realize now, looking back, I am one of the luckiest people alive, and in telling my story I am hoping to give a voice to others who were not so fortunate."
The hope Rajamani offers is simple yet profound. His wisdom is gained from such clarity as is often borne of catastrophe."
"Rajamani doesn’t hold anything back in his memoir; his honesty is commendable... readers who enjoy raw and unflinching journeys of self-discovery will appreciate his “no-holds-barred” writing style."
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"A sense of humor... about a devastating aneurysm at the age of 25."
“It’s a marvel that he survived—most people don’t make it after such traumatic injuries. It’s a miracle that he recovered to write such an eloquent book about his ordeal."
“A confessional book... full of raw stories and dark humor.”
"This memoir is heart wrenching with raw emotion and honesty. After suffering an aneurysm, Ashok Rajamani begins the recovery process with pain, anger, wonder, and discovery. Ashok portrays his experience and rehabilitation with clarity and honesty, which most of us will never endure."
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Namaste. Welcome to the official website of Ashok Rajamani, a new kind of Indian American writer, poet, and artist.
Enjoy your time here, and discover his memoir, THE DAY MY BRAIN EXPLODED (Algonquin Books 2013),an irreverent and electric account of his amazing survival from a full-throttle brain hemorrhage at the age of 25. Find out why the Big Bang Theory is no theory at all -- not when it concerns creation of the universe within the brain.
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