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The Day My Brain Exploded: A True Story

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    Upon reading this true story I was immediately drawn to the in y

    Upon reading this true story I was immediately drawn to the in your face title. The jacket cover art underscores the triumph and the tragedy the day Ashok Rajamani's brain exploded. The words within the pages are indeed expertly detailed in a matter of fact way. Unlike memoir's I have read that are chronological in approach this memoir is like a flashes or chunks of Rajamani's life. At times I just had to put the book down because of the pain that Mr. Rajamani had endured during the hospital fall, the overt medical neglect and worst of all the childhood traumas in middle American that today would be considered hate crimes. Through time tragedies make the best comedies. Mr. Rajamani succeeds like the best musicals on Broadway where there is a triumph at the end.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Everyone has bad days, but back in 2000, Ashok Rajamani, a young

    Everyone has bad days, but back in 2000, Ashok Rajamani, a young man just coming into his own in the world, had a really bad day. Just before his brother's wedding, he suffered from a brain aneurysm caused by an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). The circulatory knot of arteries and veins, a congenital malformation, had ruptured; the literal ticking time bomb had gone off in spectacular fashion. The good news was that Ashok survived; the bad news was that the person that he had been had died. His account tells of his physical and mental struggles and how he came to an uneasy peace with the realization that he was now Ashok 2.0, a person who suffered from an odd form of blindness, epileptic seizures and visual hallucinations. Written in a conversational tone replete with healthy doses of gallows humor, especially when touching on doctors, and their advice or lack of it, his story is more than just an accounting of a recovery from a serious medical issue. He also examines what makes an individual unique through looking at his relationships and his experiences growing up as an South Indian American in the USA.

    I received this book as part of Library Thing's Early Reviewer program.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

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    I read the book in one reading. It took me approximately three

    I read the book in one reading. It took me approximately three hours to complete the book from page 1 to the last page.
    This is a rarity for me as I usually finish a book in several settings taking as much as two weeks to complete a book!
    The author has written the book in an interesting manner and has described in vivid details what happened to him on the day of his brother’s wedding. The narrative was clear, gripping and is emotion packed. Although at times he is angry that he had to undergo brain surgery at an young age and experience the consequences of the brain hemorrhage, he describes in detail how he copes with this difficult situation and finds a purpose and meaning to his life. The author also clearly states how is committed to helping other disabled persons meet their daily challenges with life.

    I am very much impressed with this author’s writing style and his determination and courage in meeting the future with great optimism, hope, and finding peace with himself. I strongly recommend this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    This is one books I have ever read. I was originally drawn into

    This is one books I have ever read. I was originally drawn into this book by the simple cover and strong title yet as the pages went on I found myself rooting against the main character. Below are a few of the reasons:
    1.) No one has a brain hemorrhage and than remembers moments after to dial 911, this in itself proves this story to be more fact than fiction.
    2.) Ashok is extremely unlikable, reading about him just makes me feel like he is constantly judging everyone even those in his brain injury guide are not spared from his condescending tone
    3.) The book constantly jumps around with no real conclusion other than the main character is spoiled, arrogant and very lucky
    To be honest I could only get half way through before getting extremely bored. Here is a summary of the entire book to prevent you from buying it: Arrogant, Selfish, Spoiled man has a brain hemorrhage he lives to continue belittling and patronizing other people essentially learning no lesson other than maybe how to exploit people farther with his injury to get a book deal.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    The day my brain exploded

    Excellent book. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
    Highly recommend as a good read

    A reader at Barnes and Noble.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    terrific memoir. drama, humor, hope... its just amazing.

    terrific memoir. drama, humor, hope... its just amazing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    It is amazing, astounding, and incredible to note the progress i

    It is amazing, astounding, and incredible to note the progress in recovery that he has made! He loved his family. He must have been hard to love at times. This is a quick read. Though he skips around in telling the story, it can be read as a sort of stream of consciousness event. If you are a reader of memoirs addressing loss (as I am), you will appreciate this account. I reference other momoirs such as "A Widow's Story" by Joyce Carol Oates; "Blue Nights" by Joan Didion and "I Married You for Happiness" by Lily Tuck.

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