The Time on the Gravel Roads

by Subhranil De



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/4/2024

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 254
ISBN : 9798823025584
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 254
ISBN : 9798823025607
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 254
ISBN : 9798823025591

About the Book

Part road trip, part nature hike, part journey of self-discovery, this evocative memoir follows the adventures of Subhranil De as he navigates a six-year quest to find a job that combines his passion for physics with his love of teaching. Seeking escape from the drudgery and anxiety of academics, he sets out to explore less-traveled backroads and byways, from New York to North Dakota to Minnesota. Along the way, he finds solace in poetry, music, and introspection, as his professional life advances from researcher to lecturer to a veteran of the interview circuit—and at long last, a fulfilling position at a university nestled in the beautiful rolling landscape of southern Indiana. Subhranil’s narrative seamlessly weaves together luminous descriptions of pure nature, deep reflections on the mysteries and wonders he encounters, and heartwarming anecdotes as well as wry observations about family, friends, colleagues, and the world of academia. The result is a holistic tapestry that is a celebration of a precious romanticism for life and the world.

About the Author

A native of India, Subhranil De has a Ph.D. in physics and is a physics professor by vocation. A self-proclaimed “poet at heart,” he considers writing to be a long-time, fond avocation. He is a gregarious individual with the spirit of a storyteller. At the same time, he is a worshipper of the mystical essence and the lyric beauty of the natural world, and his writing is often descriptive, evocative, and sentimental. He also enjoys pondering the many ineffable emotions involved in the process of understanding a scientific idea as well as engaging in a scientific pursuit—a domain where science often resonates with poetry and aesthetics. He has been a physics professor at Indiana University Southeast for the past fifteen years.