The Children Of Nature

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The Children Of Nature
An autobiographical interpretative work, The Children of Nature is an attempt to understand the role of spirituality and its social relevance. Susan Visvanathan also tries to comprehend the volatility of the town of Tiruvannamalai: abode of Ramana Maharshi. Using published material, as well as diaries and letters from Sri Ramanasramam, the author uses the method of collage to splice together many movements in telling of history. Battling her own illness, Susan meets people, makes friends and learns that solitude has a grammar that is completely acceptable within community life. Ramanasramam becomes home to her, and a place she associates with a sense of well-being and life. The book tries to explicate the extent to which a person's experience of the divine can be explained by social anthropology. What are the limits of interpretation, how can boundaries of a discipline get extended when its object of study is often a moment of subjective revelation, and how far is it possible to understand the interweaving of the sacred and the profane in the lives of ordinary human beings?
About the Author
Susan Visvanathan is Chairperson, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. From 1983 till 1997, she was lecturer in Sociology, Hindu College, University of Delhi. She was fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, from 1989 to 1992; honorary fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, from 1990 to 1995; Charles Wallace Fellow to Queen's University, Belfast, in 1997; visiting professor to Maison des Sciences de L'Hommes, Paris, in 2004; and is Consultant Editor, Contributions to Indian Society. She is the author of The Christians of Kerala, An Ethnography of Mysticism, Structure and Transformation and Friendship, Interiority and Mysticism. Her works of fiction include Something Barely Remembered, The Visiting Moon, Phosphorous and Stone, and The Seine at Noon.
TitleThe Children Of Nature
Author NameSusan Visvanathan
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2010
Total No. of Pages254
Weight0.33 KGS
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