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The Silicon Mind: Book by Manikarnika Lagu

The Silicon Mind

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ISBN: 9789383952038    Publisher: BecomeShakespeare.com Year of publishing: 2014     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 368        Language: English
"An unreservedly clever, dynamic novel", as per Kirkus Review.

The Silicon Mind is a racy sci-fi thriller involving a very sophisticated neural chip implant by a robot on a human brain. It revolves around...Read more
"An unreservedly clever, dynamic novel", as per Kirkus Review.

The Silicon Mind is a racy sci-fi thriller involving a very sophisticated neural chip implant by a robot on a human brain. It revolves around the intertwined lives of Ray, a leading neurosurgeon, sharp and flamboyant proprietor and driving force of Chetna, India's foremost coma clinic and Dr Aman Kapoor, reputed physician and accident victim who falls into a coma.

Aman becomes Ray's unsuspecting guinea pig- Ray and his American collaborators successfully implant a silicon chip inside Aman's brain- true to the book's sci-fi genre, a robot does does the operation!
Aman wakes up- rejuvenated and changed forever. As Ray and his team expected, his brain has been enhanced to superlative degrees but his body suffers strange illnesses, a result of conflict between the material chip and corporeal brain.

The story is about how Aman manages to trace his bizarre bodily symptoms and sudden miraculous healing powers to his brain operation at Chetna with help from Manasi, his psychiatrist, and her journalist friend, Ishan. Ray finally buckles to emotional pressure from Manasi and his own daughter, the irrepressible Sakhi and has to undo the wrong he had done by trying to play God.

The author knows her subject well through extensive research and has written with lucidity and candour. The machinations that happen within the medical profession at various levels, the business of scientific research and discovery, Aman's highly individualistic personality, his queer experiences with patients after the implant, the growing relationship between him and Manasi- all make reading interesting.
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About the author: Manikarnika Lagu
The author was born in a highly educated matrilineal family of the lush green state of Kerala, India. After obtaining a Ph.D, she pursued a career in Physics... Read more
The author was born in a highly educated matrilineal family of the lush green state of Kerala, India. After obtaining a Ph.D, she pursued a career in Physics as a teacher and researcher with interest in Condensed Matter and Non-linear Physics, at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. She has published several research papers in various scientific journals. Breaking the traditional norms of Hindu society, she opted for an inter-caste and inter-state marriage, choosing a Maharashtrian Brahmin colleague as her life partner. She has a son who is a corporate settled in Canada. After remaining an academic for two decades she took voluntary retirement to pursue her passion for writing. Apart from knowledge hunting, reading and writing, she enjoys intellectual discussions on human brain, its potential and complexity and consciousness, an outcome of which is this book. She loves to live in new places all the time as it invigorates her and boosts her creative urge. She is passionately involved in supporting helpless children all over India.
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