The Rear-View Mirror: The Journey, A Taxi Driver And A Book is an inspiring tale of an extraordinary turnaround when the virtues of a humble taxi driver get pitted against the scholastic brilliance of a professional who is very proud of his antecedents.
Philip Young, a North American with British ancestry, is sent to Kolkata, India, much against his will, to head the Indian operations of his firm headquartered in New York. Proud of his high calibre and rapid success in life, under his reign however, the company’s fortunes take a tumble. Exasperated and flummoxed, he yearns for the familiarity of his earlier role and environment back in New York where he had spent his entire life.
The day-long road journey Philip takes, from Kolkata to Bhubaneswar, to meet his managing director, brings him face to face with unknown treasures. The travel, he was so circumspect about turns out to be an amazing, unforgettable experience replete with incidents that entertain him, educate him, inspire him and transport him into a new realm of awakening. The garrulous and effervescent taxi driver, Feroze, captures his imagination, thaws him out sufficiently for him to come out of his reserve, and a book gifted to him carries so much meaning it becomes his constant reference.
It’s a saga that promises to entertain and inspire, thrill and elevate, stir and move you to action.
The Rear-View Mirror is self-help in fiction meant for all ages due to its simple plot, vivid descriptions and plenty of lessons in leadership and personal excellence for children and adults alike. It’s a meaningful book that demolishes the claim that a degree or a grand title on the business card is a measure of a person’s stature and character.
Libraries of several schools have stocked the book in good number. The book has caught the fancy of school students largely because of its crafty English and because it has several takeaways of value that are much needed in the environment we live in today. It has received excellent feedback from readers who have found it irresistible once they started to read. Many readers including a former principal of Loyola, Fr Eric Cassel, have testified it as an unputdownable book and has highly recommended it for value education in schools.
The book is a unique content of transformation that entertains and inspires, thrills and elevates, stirs and moves one into action. In particular what makes the book exciting is its dealings with events we see most often around us.
Unsparing in its bold interpretations and with an accent on the indispensable need for introspection it connects well with the readers. It is highly recommended for school, college and corporate libraries.
The book is available in online retail stores amazon.com, amazon.in, amazon.co.uk, barnesandnobles.com and flipkart.com, as well as in the Starmark chain of bookstores in Kolkata. It has received high acclaim from readers and the same can be accessed at the above mentioned sites as also on goodreads.com
It’s made its mark on the bestseller shelf in the Starmark chain of bookstores in Kolkata.
A Hindi translation of the book is expected soon.