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Elango Thambiah

Elango Thambiah

Elango Thambiah


Tell us about your book?
This book ‘This too shall pass’ is about my son Vidyuth, who suffered a brain hemorrhage when he was just 17 years old. Brain injuries almost without fail to leave permanent damage or in some cases even fatal. This book captures the fascinating journey of his recovery against all odds to emerge stronger. This experience and the philosophy of ‘This too shall pass’ will be useful for not only those with medical complications but also help people face general problems in life.

Is it a motivational book or fiction?
This is neither motivational nor fictional. This book is non-fiction and shares the experience in an honest manner with the readers.

What does the picture on the cover depict?
The cover depicts a patient connected to wires and tubes in the hospital, however, the loosening of the tubes also indicates the person breaking out of the chains. In summary, this is a symbol of liberation from the barriers of life. The cover is designed by my daughter Sahana Elango.

How long did it take you to write this book?
It took me about 3-4 months to write this book, the lockdown came as a blessing, I could spend more time on writing the book.

When did you realize you wanted to write?
Over the past few years, a lot of people with brain injuries reached out to me to help the patients with the recovery. The effects of brain injuries, unfortunately, are different for each person. Since we had gone thru enough experience, I thought it would be useful for others too. This motivated me to write this book.

What inspired you to write this book?
In medical terms, the understanding of the brain is very low among doctors. However, the human brain is amazing in its complexity and ability to cope with problems. Having positive thoughts and making the brain work in the right manner can help reverse the damages to the brain. That is what happened to Vidyuth, despite doubts expressed by most doctors. I thought it was appropriate for me to share this remarkable ability of the brain with others too.

Would you like to say something to your readers?
We cannot control the events in our lives, however, we can control our response to these events. Instead of brooding over the issues, approaching the problem with a positive frame of mind can help us overcome most of the problems. Believe in “This too shall pass”.

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