Friday, June 7, 2013
Review: Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream By Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra
Publisher: New Harvest
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
The warm memoir follows the lives of brothers Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra, who left a comfortable life in post-war India to develop their professional skills in America, both achieving success following in their father’s footsteps as healers—Deepak as bestselling author, physician, and speaker, and Sanjiv as professor of medicine and faculty dean for continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School.
Brotherhood is an amazing dual-memoir written in a parallel-style format that in itself is quite intriguing and fascinating. Both Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra migrated to the United States during what some now refer to as India's Diaspora movement of the 1970's. Each brother, now renowned professionals in completely opposite medical professions, tell of their personal journeys that are sure to enlighten and inspire readers of any background. Their story isn't simply one of achieving the "American Dream", this is a story of family, love, perseverance, and determination, as well as Faith and a sense of "belonging", as they face the many challenges of life in America. One of the most fascinating aspects of this memoir, is how each brother has ultimately impacted Western Medicine; Sanjiv with a more traditional western approach and Deepak with his deep-rooted Eastern philosophy of Mind and Body teachings. This is truly an enjoyable memoir and one that I would recommend to anyone with an interest in these subject matters. Very enlightening and educational, as well as inspiring! My overall rating is easily FOUR stars.