Author: Nilakanta Siva & Rajalakshmi Siva
Publisher: Notion Press Publishers
Cover : 3/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Theme : 4/5
Story : 3.5/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5
There is no escaping the crimes of the past, discovers Kuppuswamy. The price for smoking away his youth has to be paid. And pay he does, in the form of gross hematuria and bladder cancer. While cancer eats away at his insides, Kuppuswamy does not let it kill his spirit to fight. Fortunately, he is not all alone in this battle, as an army of doctors, support staff, family and friends come to his aid in full force. As he wages a war against the dreaded disease, through several bouts of painful surgery and frequent reviews, a few surprises await him. Amid premature celebrations, minor hiccups and major shocks, Kuppuswamy emerges a winner. Minus a bladder, prostrate and several lymph nodes, Kuppuswamy pads up for a new innings. He realizes that life minus a few organs isn’t all that bad. Though he has to depend on external aids, which initially proves to be cumbersome and embarrassing, Kuppuswamy gradually accepts the new reality even as thoughts invade the cancer conqueror.
When Thoughts invade the Cancer Conqueror by Nilakanta Siva is the story of a cancer survivor named Kuppuswamy. His father wanted him to be a doctor but his passion was only cricket. Not having any keen interest in studies, he resorted to participating in the NCC (National Cadet Corps) activities to have those credit hours counted against his study time. His indulgence with them soon led to an addiction to cigarettes. The effects became evident only decades later, when his urine excreted 90% blood. Kuppuswamy’s wife Pramila was advised by their local doctors to move to a city to get him diagnosed and treated with advanced technologies. His sons, Arvind and Jagadeesh residing in Karnahalli, India, and Alabama, United States, respectively, were by his side throughout. After a wrongful diagnosis at a hospital in Arvind’s neighbourhood, Kuppuswamy and Pramila decided to move to Kuppuswamy’s brother’s place and thus began his tryst with hematuria and cancer.
The chronology seemed a bit confusing but only at the beginning. It must have been the authors’ way of giving a sneak peak into the current situation before explaining the backlog but it somehow didn’t connect with me. Also, there are a lot of characters in the book with similar names which becomes confusing at times.
What I liked most about the book is the sincerity reflected in the narration. IT was very evident while I read the book that Nilakanta and Rajalakshmi aim to spread awareness about cancer and the unnecessary bias and issues that cancer patients face. Simple writing style, detailed explanations of the incidences and the medical procedure, and sincere emotions hooked me to the book.
An inspirational narrative worth reading (3.5/5)
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