M.K.V.Narayan author of the book "Flip Side of Hindu Symbolism" is a liberal minded Hindu living in India, a thinker and writer. After his successful executive career in Indian industry for more than 40years, he took to reading modern knowledge books (non-fiction) on science, religion, culture and psychology. Narayan writes articles in Internet magazines and he is an active blogger. His questioning attitude born out of his long industrial engineering professional career, he applies to the social and religious side of Indian society too. In his quest to find answers as to why people behave in a particular manner in Hindu religion, in politics and in society in general, he pitched upon some unique ideas on symbolism. One can find the reflection of these unique ideas in the articles he wrote in the past fifteen years and in this book.
Narayan (Venkatnarayan) was born in Chennai in 1933 in an orthodox Brahmin family. He had his schooling and electrical engineering studies at Coimbatore. He had further training in production engineering at Poona joining a defence establishment and served in junior management positions at Jubbulpore. After a short stint at Bombay, Narayan moved to Jamshedpur to establish a long career in the industrial engineering field in a TATA company. In this period, he acquired Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Xavior Institute and served as a part time faculty for a year. He also continued his professional work as a founder corporate member of the Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering and as the President of Operations Research Society of India at the Jamshedpur Chapter. He retired from TATA STEEL in the year 1993 and settled at Madras. He lost his wife Rukmani in an accident in the year 1989 after which Narayan lived alone at Madras and started taking interest in music, reading and writing articles through Internet. Recently he shifted to Hyderabad to live with one of his sons. His five children live in India and the US with their families and are engaged in professional jobs in IT industry.
Narayan is an active blogger in Internet magazines such as Sulekha, Bharatwaves and Megadoot to which he regularly contributes articles and comments in the area of social ethics, politics and literature. His interest in the socio-religious studies of Hindu culture started from his childhood when his mother used to narrate to him mythological stories and devotional songs of Purandara Dasa the 15th century saint-bard of Karnataka. This interest was intensified by his discussions with his wife who also had similar interests and a good knowledge of the village culture of Tamilnadu. After the death of his wife, Narayan started devoting much time to reading about Indian culture, history and social changes. He extended this passion for reading non-fiction and research based books on modern science by visiting Connemara public library at Madras as well as in the United States whenever he visited his sons there.
Narayan was fascinated by similarity of thoughts between modern scientific findings and some of the mythological stories of Hinduism, especially the comparable ideas of Darwin's theory of evolution and the puranic stories of Ten Incarnations of Vishnu (Dasavatara). He started developing some articles, which he published on the Internet. As these articles attracted many positive comments from readers Narayan decided to compile his ideas in the form of a book titled "Flip Side of Hindu Symbolism". This book will help the readers to find some relevance to their life experiences of Hindu culture. Others who are outside the Hindu religion may also find it interesting to find some answers to their doubts regarding the peculiarity of Hindu religion compared to theirs own.