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Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Potent DNA

Title: The Potent DNA
Author: Jodha Chandra Sanasam
ISBN: 9789382395386
Binding: Soft Cover
Language: English
Category: Novel (Literature/Fiction)

About the Novel:
Manipur, a small state tucked far away in the easternmost corner of India, grew to nurture insurgents and revolutionary bodies. Spills-over from the revolutionary movements and ugliness in their related activities splashed everywhere originating from the fundamentals of self determination, struggle for freedom and independence. The spills-over got hatched out in the forms of: threats, extortion, coercion, abduction, vandalism, terrorism, gun shots, assassinations, murderous crimes, rapid increase of armed organisations on one hand; and on the other, the gripping measures taken up by the state actors, military and paramilitary forces; the list was long.

Dr. Ayush was a victim to two events in his life. The first was a broken hearted separation from his first love in his youth and the second, some of the excesses of insurgency in Manipur. The son of a widow, he grew up a diligent, well disciplined student in spite of lack of money in their household. As a youth he nurtured a healthy untarnished love for his girl Nomita. The love was well reciprocated by Nomita. But their love happened to have crashed on trouble spots was disrupted by odds and unwanted events caused by the unscrupulous acts of some miscreants. Meanwhile when he was a medical student in Calcutta another love developed with a class mate girl from the family of a wealthy businessman. Just near his final MBBS examination Ayush lost both his girls and he became a frustrated young man. Even then he got to his feet, up from his trips-over. Till later in life when he became a professor his efforts to live the rational life of a decent citizen never receded.

A time came when he became a teacher in the medical college and had a well settled married life with a lady doctor of decent demeanour. However he was not happy with his career which persistently got crushed under some sort of nepotism and injustice. Moreover he could never get rid of the persistent pang of broken love where he was at the receiving end. He, however, still remained an apt citizen against all kinds of odds in his life, the man of the family in the midst of a seriously disturbed socio-political turmoil in Manipur.

All his courage, patience and perseverance got smashed down with the repeated disdainful transgression acts of the freedom fighters, whose activities infringed into his otherwise serene private life. He eventually left his dear homeland and the tide of his life took him to overseas, to Bangkok then to Chicago. Later he led the life of a biochemist, a professor, deeply involved in research work of DNA and genes; at the same time he became more philosophical in his view of life with some of his own principles and concepts of God and humanity. However he had a persistent thirst for something without knowing what it was but which made him look out for it in his life. On the other hand his dream of a peaceful progressive Manipur, his homeland, never left his brain waves.

Finally at long last he could identify his thirst. He attained the object of his vision which he had been searching throughout his life without knowing what it was. He met Nomita again after thirty five years and only then he found peace and a way of life which he thought was his way of life.

About the Author:
Prof. Jodha Chandra Sanasam, now on the verge of 70 years of age, is a Writer, Lyricist, Clinician and a Medical Educationist, as well as a social worker. He writes novels, poems, short stories. He is a columnist of the local English daily ‘Huieyen Lanpao’. He also does critical writing.

Music and literature have been all along with him since his young age. During his days at the general and medical colleges he wrote short stories, poems and essays, both in Manipuri and English, and received prizes for such activities. He has written and published 16 books: novels, short stories; poetry, English poetry, English translation of all works of Shri Biren’s poetry in two volumes. He is a Lyricist to the All India Radio, Imphal.

He is a recipient of: National Sahitya Akademi Award in literature for his novel ‘Mathou Kanba DNA’ in 2012; Manipur State Kala Akademi Award 2011, BM Maisnamba Novel Award, Dineshwari Sahitya Manaa, Yendrembam Surolata Puraskar Award for the same novel; ‘Kabya Bhushan’ title, Sanathoi Phulo Lyricist Award, Waribam Meino Sheireng Manaa for his poems and lyrics, and ‘Literary Excellency Award’ from a Manipur Sangeet Natya Mahabidyalay’. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International; Fellow of the United Writers’ Forum, Madras and Fellow of The Rotary Foundation District 3240.

He is a life member of many a literary organization: The Cultural Forum Manipur; Manipuri Sahitya Parishad Meghalaya; Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Imphal; Naharol Sahitya Premi Samiti, Imphal; Writers’ Forum, Imphal; North East Writers’ Forum, Guwahati; Apunba Manipuri Matam Ishei Kanglup, Imphal (AMMIK) its Former President); Patriots’ Writers’ Forum Manipur, its President now; and IMAKHOL.

Prof. Sanasam was the Editor in Chief of ‘Filmgee Taibang’, the first ever film magazine of Manipur. He was a member in the jury of the Selection Committee of the 7th Film Festival in Manipur.

Recently Prof. Sanasam received the ‘Award of Excellence in Medicine in the North East’ conferred upon by the down town hospital ltd, Guwahati during its Silver Jubilee Celebration. He received ‘Arambam Samarendra Memorial Distinguished Award; and citations from: the President, Rotary International, HQ Chicago; District Governor, Rotary International District 3240; Association of Otolaryngologists of India, HQ Mumbai as well as from the Eastern Zone and North East Branch respectively. He received also appreciation letters from His Excellency, the Governor of Manipur, and Chairman, Indian National Polio Plus Committee.

He is still active with his profession; at present he is the Professor and Head in the Dept of ENT JNIMS, an institute of medical sciences. He was the President of the Association of Otolaryngologists (ENT Surgeons) of India, Eastern Zone and North Eastern Branch as well; and the founder President of the Manipur Branch of this association of ENT surgeons. He was also the President of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Manipur State Branch, the Founder Editor of its journal ‘Hakchang Paojel’ and an Editor to its other publications and a Referee to JIMA, the National Journal of IMA; Chairman, Secretary and Editor to RIMS Medical Society; Member of the Academic Council, Manipur University; Treasurer to the Red Cross Society of India, Manipur Branch; Vice president and Coordinator to the Association of Paediatric Otolaryngologists of India, HQ Madras. He had published 19 scientific papers, 3 in American Medical Journals and most of the rest of them in the National Journal; and the rest in regional and local journals.

He had been in various cities in USA, Europe, China, Thailand, Singapore etc. Prof. Sanasam gets deeply associated with various service oriented organizations: he was the Assistant Governor of the Rotary International District 3240, He instituted an academic award for a topper at Class XI promotion exam at the Maria Montessori Senior Secondary School, Koirengei.

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