It is my absolute privilege to introduce “Hopping Memories”.
Penned by a great scholar, unparalleled humanist and realist of our times, whose mere existence and an unexpected chance crossing of paths with has transformed innumerable lives, this book is a window to the simple way in which he has lived a very complex and multidimensional life, never losing sight of the immediate for the unknown, yet never missing out on the unknown for the safe.
The nature and style of narrative that the author has adopted, speaks to the very foundations of his personality and is a window into his brilliant life.
Read this book to experience the simple building blocks that went into creating a person who has transformed the understanding and practice of the field of public health, definitely in his state of birth and arguably across India.
Read this book to understand how simple traditional family values, ordinary family connections and upbringing, helped create a doctor whose life has taken him across multiple continents, and whose pursuit of knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge has seen no limits.
As you turn the pages, I hope you will recognize, as I did, that a book is defined by the author, the author by his words, and the words by his thoughts. Hold this book in your hands, knowing that the author’s unflinching pursuit of life has converted itself into simple, yet innately meaningful words and thoughts. That combined with a fierce ability to see and say things as they are has helped leave indelible marks on every person or domain he has ever interacted with.
Any book can potentially deliver the author in his entirety to the audience, but as anyone who has met the man in person will know, you will never have enough of him. This book does a great job of merging the written with the real.
And I am sure Kipling would agree that here was a man who talked with crowds, yet did not lose his virtue, walked with kings, yet did not lose the common touch.
Read on, it’s a journey worth taking.
- Aditya Krishna Roy