If an august audience was electrified by Chicago address of Swami Vivekananda, not many are aware that the great man took many a hard knock which would have overwhelmed lesser men. Privation was his constant companion ever since the passing of his father the noted attorney Biswanath Dutta.

Hunger stalked the young monk and to make matters worse litigation over the property which should have been the rightful inheritance of the bereaved family made the saffron-clad tonsured man frequent the lawyer’s chamber. If a perpetual fund crunch was a source of worry, the monk who combined the wisdom of the East with the energy of the West never let it come in the way of his meditation, discourses with his disciples and enjoying some simple pleasures like having an ice cream.

Mani Sankar Mukherjee who is better known as Sankar to his readers for the past few decades as a best selling author has turned his focus on Swami Vivekananda. If the man who has penned such widely read books as Kato Ajanare and Chowringhee seemed to be on a unfamiliar terrain, the 288-page hardback Achena Ajana Vivekananda has put all worries at rest. Sankar knows the reader’s mind and has come up again with a best seller which has turned out to be the work which has sold more than his other tomes. Translated into English, Hindi, Oriya, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada and Malayalam the little known nuggets of information about the life of the man who is widely quoted by people following his ideals as well as those who do not do so have crossed the borders of the state where Sankar lives and on which all his books are based.