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Eight years ago… Mumbai: Satya, 36, IIM topper, hailed by the media as the fresh face of space-age business, quits two days after his elevation as the Group CEO of a major Indian business group. Hyderabad: Raja, 51, not even a matriculate, once a trade unionist, later, a well-known political pimp who built up his vast business domain from nothing, suddenly renounces everythi Eight years ago… Mumbai: Satya, 36, IIM topper, hailed by the media as the fresh face of space-age business, quits two days after his elevation as the Group CEO of a major Indian business group. Hyderabad: Raja, 51, not even a matriculate, once a trade unionist, later, a well-known political pimp who built up his vast business domain from nothing, suddenly renounces everything and turns to spirituality. Cochin: Tom, 31, the only child of a multimillionaire, who became the sole owner of a multi-faceted business empire following the sudden demise of his father, attempts suicide. Three individuals who have never met or known to each other. A year later they surface, molded together as single-heart, with their newfound entity, Tasāra, branded with the logo of a pyramid supported by three visible pillars and a fourth pillar, invisible — representing someone who is potent, influential and brilliant, but prefers to remain elusive. Who is it? That enigma has been haunting the media for seven long years. Until…now.


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Eight years ago… Mumbai: Satya, 36, IIM topper, hailed by the media as the fresh face of space-age business, quits two days after his elevation as the Group CEO of a major Indian business group. Hyderabad: Raja, 51, not even a matriculate, once a trade unionist, later, a well-known political pimp who built up his vast business domain from nothing, suddenly renounces everythi Eight years ago… Mumbai: Satya, 36, IIM topper, hailed by the media as the fresh face of space-age business, quits two days after his elevation as the Group CEO of a major Indian business group. Hyderabad: Raja, 51, not even a matriculate, once a trade unionist, later, a well-known political pimp who built up his vast business domain from nothing, suddenly renounces everything and turns to spirituality. Cochin: Tom, 31, the only child of a multimillionaire, who became the sole owner of a multi-faceted business empire following the sudden demise of his father, attempts suicide. Three individuals who have never met or known to each other. A year later they surface, molded together as single-heart, with their newfound entity, Tasāra, branded with the logo of a pyramid supported by three visible pillars and a fourth pillar, invisible — representing someone who is potent, influential and brilliant, but prefers to remain elusive. Who is it? That enigma has been haunting the media for seven long years. Until…now.

41 review for The Pillar Invisible

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hari Parameshwar

    Accolades and Appreciation for "The Pillar Invisible": "On the face of it, this is the story of three men who join hands to set up the ideal, socially responsible, sustainable corporate. Below the surface, though, is more: a mystic’s view of what makes human beings what they are, and how human beings can channel their energies to work towards their goals." (The New Indian Express) "Hari Parmeshwar’s book talks of principles that will ensure that people are treated well by big businesses." (The Hin Accolades and Appreciation for "The Pillar Invisible": "On the face of it, this is the story of three men who join hands to set up the ideal, socially responsible, sustainable corporate. Below the surface, though, is more: a mystic’s view of what makes human beings what they are, and how human beings can channel their energies to work towards their goals." (The New Indian Express) "Hari Parmeshwar’s book talks of principles that will ensure that people are treated well by big businesses." (The Hindu) “The Pillar, Invisible is an intricate interplay of our ancient wisdom and present-day practices, underpinned by the necessity Dr. Hari Parameshwar places upon a balance between them. The story weaves together a rich, fast-paced narrative amidst uncoupling and coupling of the lives of Satya, Tom and Raja, in each of whom one can see the reflection of one’s own personalities and actions, making us realise how often we're blind to our own inner selves.” - T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global “Dr. Hari Parmeshwar tells us a fabulous tale, immensely relevant to the modern corporate, exploring three lives and precisely weaving the spiritual and intellectual diligences that every individual has to bring to the table while playing one's role in a modern institutional team. Highly recommended reading for achieving that eternal quest, a balance in one’s life.” -S. Vishwanath aka Zenrainman, Renowned Environmentalist and Columnist “I am not astonished that this book packs what it does, as Dr. Hari Parameshwar has both ‘Hari’ and ‘Parameshwar’ in his name itself! Here is an interesting genre of ‘mystical fiction’. I have always believed that serious thoughts must be conveyed lightly to be truly absorbing. Hari does that with panache. As we are all too busy doing financial and business due diligence, it’s time to sit back and do an intellectual and spiritual due diligence as well.” - Harish Bijoor, Brand Expert & CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc. “Frequent swings between emotional depths and spiritual peaks, as the story slips from the reality to mirages without forewarning, is a great style of writing that Hari demonstrates in this work. A must-read for the working population.” - Pradeep Bhargava, MD, Cummins GT India “The three gunas: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, are very well represented through three human lives which inspire us to align ourselves, or relate someone we know, with one of them. An admirable work by Dr Hari Parameshwar.” - Vani Ganapathy, Classical Dancer “The book, by weighing one’s emotional intelligence, would help one in resolving one's concerns, both at the personal and corporate levels. As one reads through it, one would find shades of one's own deeds and their consequences, and thus aid one to undergo the cognitive process of learning and unlearning during the remaining journey: one’s own left out life.” - Sandeep Maini, Chairman, Maini Group “A very fascinating work of fiction with an underlying philosophy that transcends life. Dr. Hari Parameshwar has navigated effortlessly through a seemingly intricate narrative, sustaining the interest of the reader till the end. The story is well woven around three disparate personalities, Satya, Raja and Tom, representing three facets of humanity. Initially it brings out their demoniac personality and later converges in their unified divine nature — the essence of the Law of Karma and Brahman. ‘The Pillar, Invisible’ is a book for all those who think beyond their ego." - S. Chadrasekhar, MD, Bhoruka PCL "It reeks of death throughout the tale, forcing us to review the worth of our physical and psychic possessions. A powerful book on renunciation, giving back, and surrendering to the universe.” - Anil Shetty, Social Entrepreneur “'The Pillar, Invisible' squarely puts its finger on the reality of the main assets that each of us possess, our conscience and our sense of right and wrong, but puts the onus of realisation on the self. This book may catalyse many a corporate mind to cross their own rubicons, paving the way for purposeful business and volitional management.” - Amit Chatterjee, Author of ‘ASCENT - A Practicing Manager's Growth Mantra’ & MD, Sartorius India Group Companies “Dr. Hari Parameshwar takes us through ‘The Pillar, Invisible’ in such a lucid style that by the time the reader reaches the fag end, the invisible fourth pillar becomes slowly visible as a star in the cloudy sky! To weave the story and the powerful messages, Dr. Hari has chosen apt characters. For example, to beckon ‘know thyself’ or an introspection of one's own self, the interface of Satya with the saint has been portrayed brilliantly. To impart the virtuous lessons on ‘tainted wealth’, Shanti's dialogues with Raja have been rendered effectively, and so on... The philosophical delineation of doing business and its consequences in one’s life, and the surprises and manifestations, as illustrated through Tom's affair with Irene and the latter's confessions of deceit to the former, the true story of Manav's drowning, all have powerful messages in them. Nine days of self-learning and the nine-step process of unravelling the true self from one's own individuality in Guru Satatma's unique way takes the readers a step closer to spiritual bliss. The three pillars of corporates, and the invisible one thereof, are a reminder to the business units that pay scant respect to their own declared values and beliefs. On the whole, a wonderful creation, distinctly different in content and style from Dr. Hari's earlier two publications.” - P.S. Nair, CEO – Corporate, GMR Airports Ltd Foreword by Justice Shivaraj V Patil: To begin with, I feel privileged and honored to be invited to write a foreword to this book, which I am delighted to accomplish. In this book, Dr Hari Parameshwar has been successful in making the generally invisible though most essential fourth pillar of modern corporates plainly visible to the readers at the end of an involved reading. The way he has chosen to make this otherwise complex topic so simple and absolutely convincing to the readers using a plot that is entwined with mysteries and revelations is really admirable. By exploring the true reasons behind the meteoric and sustained success of Tasāra Group of Companies and revealing the anonymities in the life of its three founders who came from distinct business backgrounds and diverse walks of life, but got beaded on a common thread by an unknown needle, the fourth invisible pillar, what the author really does is helping the readers to trace the very missing element in their own lives. This powerful book obliges us to dip into the deeper depths of our own inner self, though without our knowledge, pondering over the true reasons of our own presence on earth, and compelling us to review the path that we have chosen to travel our remaining life. The approach of the author is too unconventional, style of narration very unique, characterization amazingly powerful and the substance both impressive and impacting: blending human intellect, emotions, virtues, ethics and spiritual wisdom in the right proportion throughout the book. Humans though imperfect beings, every individual is created with an innate dominating quality, one among the three gunas. Most humans are merely intellectual and emotional beings, as how the three characters of this book emerges initially, proud of their materialistic achievements and fully oblivious about the need to acquire spiritual serenity in life. The book epitomizes how one can reach a state of perfection by allying with other two who are built with a contrary governing quality, and thus producing a fourth quality, nirguna that still contains all gunas, a void that holds everything in it; the true secret of trinity. This riveting tale with full of mysteries that brought Satya, Raja and Tom together, molding them as a ‘single heart’, is a pragmatic exposition of ancient Indian philosophy represented by Samkhya and Gita. Swami Vivekananda had taught us the Indian way of leading life, combining science, religion and humanism. Science and religion are not opposed to each other, but they aid humans to foster two dimensions of human conduct, that is, rational and spiritual. And we need to draw a balance between these two, ensuring work life balance and to live a life that is meaningful. In that context, the amazing offerings of Hari in this book will help anyone to leap a few steps ahead, taking one too close to the universal truth of human existence, reminding us that everyone of us is a unique build of matter and energy, which could disintegrate and go back to the nature any day, any time, thus, urging us to think: how I want to be remembered by the world after my departure from here? I congratulate Dr Hari Parameshwar for his distinguished contribution of great quality and efficacy in this book, “The Pillar, Invisible.” In my opinion, anyone who has an urge to know more about oneself and is eager to recognize the cries of own inner self over the very purpose of one’s own existence on earth will be richly rewarded from this book. I have made this judgment based on the contents and merits of the book as I have experienced. Justice Shivaraj V. Patil, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India

  2. 4 out of 5

    Asha Ketharam

    ‘All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages’. -William Shakespeare The Pillar Invisible is an inward journey that makes you traverse the different corners of your inner self, making you retrospect and introspect what you are, what your life is all about. The revelation happens when the characters of the book are in deep agony in their lives. The book starts off tri ‘All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages’. -William Shakespeare The Pillar Invisible is an inward journey that makes you traverse the different corners of your inner self, making you retrospect and introspect what you are, what your life is all about. The revelation happens when the characters of the book are in deep agony in their lives. The book starts off triggering one’s curiosity as to understand what the book is all about. The first chapter triggers the adrenalin rush in you to move on to the challenge that seems to be in finding out the invisible! The labeling of the company and the chapters are interesting and makes the reader glued to the narrations of the three characters in the book. One may wonder, as Shakespeare puts it, - ‘what is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’. Yet, the author’s smart crafting of the names call for applause as the names by themselves, motivates one to turn the pages on! As we start with the chapters, one finds really interesting the,- 'tasara'. Childhood experiences are really imprinted in every individual’s minds and so it is with the main characters. It is interesting to see how the human being masks behind its strengths, various weaknesses and intricate feelings of love, hatred, and jealousy that make an imprint in one’s mind. When the inner thirst unveils, during the moments of deep pain, the quest for truth of the three individuals unfurls into a memorable journey! The author’s style of narration is unique travelling from the present to past, the description of illusory experiences, add on to one’s curiosity wondering what lies ahead. His lucid writing takes us through the characters’ child hood experiences, love, and the quest for crying out their inner feelings, the agony that haunts them, the hardships undergone by each one that makes them what they are. ‘The course of true love never did run smooth’.. so it is in the characters portrayed..! The story line is emotion laden, takes the reader through the ebbs and tides of their lives. Those who get to meet..get together..and those who get together..get to meet.. so it seems that the characters meet each other in their life’s path. Their secrets unveil and they unravel the mysteries of their past life landing up in similar experiences in mysterious ways and they find meaning in their coming together. In life, the pathways of different individuals crisscross with some reason behind. They know not till they reach the peak of their search! The illusory experiences, the experience of love, jealousy, hatred all intertwined craftfully in the stories of the characters take the reader through a journey of revelations that remind one of the Shakespearean quote ‘Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall’.. The characters meet by accident or by reason make you introspect into your own lives of the different characters you come across. The author keeps you on with your own inner soul search, the secrets that you hold, the meaning in some of those life’s experiences that take you through an inward journey, so vital for your life’s journey ahead. Indeed, ‘love sought is good, but given unsought is better…’, the aspect of love is beautifully handled by the author, the desperateness for individuals to seek expressions of love in different forms,- how, the way you seek love in many ways reveals the character that you are! Life seemed to have been cruel. Yet, as Shakespeare puts in his simple words..’I must be cruel, only to be kind’. During many moments of our lives, we get a feeling, an illusion that it has already taken place in the past. The book takes you through such a travel as you turn on the pages. Towards the end, the book unfolds into a journey of introspection, becomes the invisible pillar for the three characters and an inspiration to follow a new path takes them through familiar dreams. Oscar Wilde, says,- ‘The book of life begins with a man and woman in the garden and it ends with revelation’ . Dr. Hari’s book of life is an innovative way of revelation that is so intricately woven with indulgence and grace as you reach the end chapters. ‘Brevity is the soul of wit’, -he glues the reader down with his last chapters that takes you through in the form of dialogues of interpretations of life the way each character would think. He slices through the three gunas, 'sattva', 'rajas' and 'tamas' very tactfully. He encapsulates the idea, how important it is to recognise the best in each person. The book is a soul searching endeavour, that gets you through the different layers of your personality, through the shades of the three gunas in you,- illumination, passion and darkness that visit, haunt and enlighten you. Towards the closure, the book leaves strong imprints in your memory, the importance of an inward journey that is so essential for your onward journey in life. A must read corporate handbook, a corporate Bhagavad Gita, a life coaching, as the author takes you through the art of diligent decision making in management of one’s self and organisations through mystical, spiritual and intuitive learning! As Somerset Maugham puts it, ‘The only meaning in a book is the important thing that it has for you’. Go for it, The Pillar Invisible has many lessons to offer you in a novel way that triggers your curiosity and leaves you enlightened. The book is an awakening call to the corporate world to seek an ethical balance sheet that is worth a good social audit. The Pillar Invisible is a book well written in a unique, eloquent and emphatic style typical of Hari Parameshwar.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sushmita

    A review of the view presented, and the feelings felt, evoked by Dr Hari Kumar Parameshwar’s The Pillar, Invisible It is the pillar, invisible, that lends us form and stability…. Unwavering, it is…. It is the invisible that holds the key…as it is the invisible that makes itself known, through its various manifestations…and to render the invisible visible, we are in form—to acknowledge and realize the essentially formless that we are…. And this is what, Dr Hari Kumar Parameshwar, is back again, sta A review of the view presented, and the feelings felt, evoked by Dr Hari Kumar Parameshwar’s The Pillar, Invisible It is the pillar, invisible, that lends us form and stability…. Unwavering, it is…. It is the invisible that holds the key…as it is the invisible that makes itself known, through its various manifestations…and to render the invisible visible, we are in form—to acknowledge and realize the essentially formless that we are…. And this is what, Dr Hari Kumar Parameshwar, is back again, stating, in his riveting style, in, as and through his third novel: The Pillar, Invisible. Dealing with the subtleties, on the template of the gross, weaving the patterns through the multi-textured plot is his endearing and engrossing uniqueness, presenting the strong message, yet again, affirming, what we see, without, is because of what all goes on within, in and as our consciousness, its level…. It is all in the mind…and when the mind realizes that it is not all that there is to life, and surrenders to all that actually is, it is healed, and healed is life, fulfilled…. The Pillar, Invisible is the search for that invisible pillar, the fourth pillar, which leads to the melding of the three pillars, the three main characters of the novel. And the search is, because of the disparity, apparent, the stark contrasts, displayed by these three, as also, because of the inexplicable, by conventional logic, the meteoric and sustained rise of the Tasara Group of Companies… This novel, yet another novel presentation from Dr Hari, the novelty of his creativity and commitment to humanity verily palpable, so compassionately and passionately has presented the characters, the storytelling, as impeccable as it is always, the “cause,” as noble as it is always: The essentiality of incorporating spirituality in the corporate world. Spirituality liberates one and all from judgmental attitude, and this is what is felt…all through…. Thus, at the end of the novel, none of the characters are found to be impeachable, each a manifestation of a particular guna, trait predominant. Further to it, the symbolism of the names is admired, awe, inspired, when realized…. Melded and welded, well, the balance of the three gunas is harmony, and this is reflected comprehensively by Tasara, wholistic and holistic its essence, approach, functioning and output, contributing comprehensively to the society constructively. It is the brainchild of the three main characters, birthing their “baby,” as they are birthed anew…finding themselves…and the way they are brought together upholds the mystical, surreal manner in which the grand design of life unfurls…in ways grander than the grandest of imagination could conjure, divine synchronicities dotting and bedecking the path…. The events, to begin with, might appear as sore spots, yet, healing cannot be without pain…the gain cannot be realized so long the loss is not felt… Drawn are together, thus, the characters, main, of this saga…the symbolism, inherent, not only in their names but in the very organization they birth—in real sense, well-organized. It is the manifestation of, “as within so without,” the balance of the three gunas presenting the resultant, which could not have resulted by just one of them. And by doing so, it upholds yet another fact of life, the sojourn—the physical journey in, as and through forms physical—that we call life: It is as collective as individual it is, and to appreciate and realize the eternal, within us all, we are in form, moving through and transcending the ephemeral, while still in bodily form. Guiding through this search, Dr Hari has gifted a simply breathtaking saga…. The pace, though might leave one breathless, one is never short on breath…asking for more and more, without any pause. It is a poignant and healing page-turner, both at the same time…Dr Hari yet again leaving the mark of his invisible essence, in his now-trademark style, verily visible, touching, and appreciated from the core of being. The Pillar, Invisible resonates with the truth that the heart knows and mind grows, and then only knows, in sync with the heart, which resonates with the soul: it is the truth of a logic that transcends the conventional, the divine order and its perfection that is in full display, untiringly unfurling and affirming, the visible is because of the invisible eternal. Sushmita

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pink Wine

    **** I received a signed copy of this book as a giveaway from the author Dr. Hari Parameshwar in exchange for an honest review **** The story of three men with entirely different backgrounds and perspectives towards life, coming together to form a strong bond through the path of spiritual growth was mesmerising. The first thing that I would suggest is that this is not one of the light read books that you can just pick and go through. This is one of those where you have to (and I mean have to!) si **** I received a signed copy of this book as a giveaway from the author Dr. Hari Parameshwar in exchange for an honest review **** The story of three men with entirely different backgrounds and perspectives towards life, coming together to form a strong bond through the path of spiritual growth was mesmerising. The first thing that I would suggest is that this is not one of the light read books that you can just pick and go through. This is one of those where you have to (and I mean have to!) sit back and feel the journey while the author describes the role of a human being in the society. We all grow up with a certain perspective towards life, in that journey of reaching the end we encounter numerous events and learn through various experiences. Tom (Ta), Satya (Sa) & Raja (Ra) went through their own share of experiences which lead them to various paths. After a certain stage in their lives they realise that the chosen path does not give them the happiness/mental peace they craved for. This realisation through a series of events (varying in each case) led them to meet each other. Tasāra was formed! It became the most powerful entity among all. I feel, through the means of these three characters the author is trying to share the values of life and the role of a human being in the society. Satya, Raja and Tom are very different people yet they work together to contribute towards the society. We all are different people like them, we all have different thinking process, varying moral values and each have a contribution towards the society in their own unique way. If some are keen to take away something from the society yet they directly or in-directly contribute and if I contribute towards the society, I would definitely gain something in return. Those moral values are described through these characters. Understand the depth of human values was a remarkable journey. The definition of the fourth pillar explains what a human being can do by being their own strength and weakness. What I was could not comprehend about this book was the idea used behind the success of a business. Philosophically thinking; using the TRUTH to work in an ethical manner and attain success for self development as well as the development of the country. And of-course, moral development! Sounds good. At the same time my thoughts walks along the path of Tom's opinion, is it really possible? To believe in some saint giving preachings to walk the path of truth and generosity for human welfare... Also, is it possible that three different minds come together believing in preachings and work together. Three extremists in their own dimension of functional values believing in some subconscious occurrence... this idea was a little out of my understanding. I wonder if there are people, where the concept of the fourth pillar actually EXISTS!!??!! Maybe... For more, click here

  5. 4 out of 5

    Solomon Manoj

    Note: I always wanted to read Dr. Hari Parameshwar's much acclaimed book Chase of Choices and was more than happy when he messaged me about his new book, The Pillar Invisible and shared a review copy in exchange of an honest review. Cover: The cover with a red backdrop has three dark pyramids connected with each other by a light colored pyramid emanating touges of fire all around. A clever design capturing the essence of the three visible pillars and the invisible one. Between the pages: The sto Note: I always wanted to read Dr. Hari Parameshwar's much acclaimed book Chase of Choices and was more than happy when he messaged me about his new book, The Pillar Invisible and shared a review copy in exchange of an honest review. Cover: The cover with a red backdrop has three dark pyramids connected with each other by a light colored pyramid emanating touges of fire all around. A clever design capturing the essence of the three visible pillars and the invisible one. Between the pages: The story revolves around Tom, Raja and Satya who do not have the faintest idea of each other's existence, however they are guided and bound by a common force which changes their lives forever. As you read further to explore the binding force, the revelation is quite surprising and shocking. It is not just the journey of Tom, Raja and Satya but that of one's self - an introspection. The concept of gunas is not new to Indian philosophy however in due course of time we have limited it to humans. Bommer et al conceptualise that ethical and non ethical is an outcome of individual attribute, personal and social environment and includes institutional rules/laws. Dr. Hari covers all the above mentioned aspects to give a clear picture of gunas by personifying each of them and brings to light their coexistence along with what can be achieved if we align them to the gunas of Prakriti (The Universe). The author's unique approach to the otherwise boring subject to this young generation is interesting and quite captivating. Dr. Hari's erudition on the subject is clearly visible through the choice of words, plot and character development and his ability to convey such a heavy topic in a lighter note. The Pillar, Invisible is a wake up call and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to unravel the mystery of what is our purpose on this earth. Pillar (chapter) 4 Zi is quite intense and it takes time to sink in the reality. A journey of thousand miles starts with a single step. All that matters is when you are ready to take that step! Finally a note of apology for the delay in publishing the review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rakhi Jayashankar

    The book dvelves the depth of corporate world through a coherent and consistent storyline. The life sketches of Satya, Tom and Raja are intricately coalesced, maintaining the suspense and evoking intrigue in every pages. The anagram of TaSaRa from their names, corresponding to the Satya, Tamo and Rajo gunas is brilliant. Their characters are molded in sink with the guna they represented. I have come across a lot of books discussing philosophy and spirituality in different contexts like science, The book dvelves the depth of corporate world through a coherent and consistent storyline. The life sketches of Satya, Tom and Raja are intricately coalesced, maintaining the suspense and evoking intrigue in every pages. The anagram of TaSaRa from their names, corresponding to the Satya, Tamo and Rajo gunas is brilliant. Their characters are molded in sink with the guna they represented. I have come across a lot of books discussing philosophy and spirituality in different contexts like science, mythology etc but the perusal of the same in the context of corporate management is the first in my reading experience and hence the topic is refreshing and exciting. Even if the story is about three males and their guiding individuals, who are also males, female characters are given prior importance and their role in the story is at par with the male counterparts. The language is easily comprehensive and maintains the bar at the same time.During the revelation of the fourth pillar, the pace of the story drops a little. Author succeeded in maintaining the curiosity but towards the end the zest was missing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nishtha

    This is my second book by the author, but this book was so different and better ( Chase of Choices was great ) than the other one. What was the best thing? ° The in depth narration! ° The characters, and the hidden meaning behind their names, Satya, Raja, Thomas. ° TASARA, and the hidden pillar. ° The prologue and the epilogue ( they were so necessary ). The starting of this story was exciting itself, how a journalist is given a new work, to find the fourth and the hidden person behind the company T This is my second book by the author, but this book was so different and better ( Chase of Choices was great ) than the other one. What was the best thing? ° The in depth narration! ° The characters, and the hidden meaning behind their names, Satya, Raja, Thomas. ° TASARA, and the hidden pillar. ° The prologue and the epilogue ( they were so necessary ). The starting of this story was exciting itself, how a journalist is given a new work, to find the fourth and the hidden person behind the company TaSaRa. But then,the writer takes us to the past, we get lost in the story so thoroughly that the suspense is hard to resist. I wanted to read the book in one go but it wasn't possible because the story is long which was important. ° The spiritual and mental swings are quite difficult to write and make articulate but the writer did it with ease, that was another reason to touch this book. ° A very important read for the people who are working or want to do a job in the future! ° Awesome work, phenomenal writing and brilliant characters! Four.five stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ananya Jain

    This is an enlighting book which one cherishes slowly. There is a mystic mystery which revolves arond the lives of the three protagonists. It gets more and more intersting and absorbing as it proceeds. The reader experience an inspiring journey along with the characters and feel all the misery and pain and all the emotions they are going through. It potrays the inner turmoil each one of us face and also the questions which often come to our minds. Spirituality is not something I relate to, But I fo This is an enlighting book which one cherishes slowly. There is a mystic mystery which revolves arond the lives of the three protagonists. It gets more and more intersting and absorbing as it proceeds. The reader experience an inspiring journey along with the characters and feel all the misery and pain and all the emotions they are going through. It potrays the inner turmoil each one of us face and also the questions which often come to our minds. Spirituality is not something I relate to, But I found the book interesting because of the mystery of the The fourth pillar.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Madhulika Liddle

    Three men, with three very different personalities, different backgrounds and even very different ideologies, come together—and what results is not a clash, but a convergence, the creation of an almost utopian corporate. ‘The corporeal form of an enlightened one: a human in his wholeness,’ as Hari Parameshwar explains in the author’s note at the end of his novel, The Pillar, Invisible. On the face of it, this is the story of Satyaki Satyanath ‘Satya’, Thomas Chandy ‘Tom’, and Rajaseshu Narasimha Three men, with three very different personalities, different backgrounds and even very different ideologies, come together—and what results is not a clash, but a convergence, the creation of an almost utopian corporate. ‘The corporeal form of an enlightened one: a human in his wholeness,’ as Hari Parameshwar explains in the author’s note at the end of his novel, The Pillar, Invisible. On the face of it, this is the story of Satyaki Satyanath ‘Satya’, Thomas Chandy ‘Tom’, and Rajaseshu Narasimhaiah ‘Raja’, the three protagonists who join hands to set up the ideal, socially responsible, sustainable corporate. Below the surface, though, is more: a mystic’s view of what makes human beings what they are, and how human beings can channel their energies to work towards their goals. The book begins with a brief chapter set in a media house, where a meeting is held to assign a project to a journalist: to discover the truth behind the success of Tasāra, the corporate owned and run by Tom, Satya, and Raja. The three founders of Tasāra are universally acknowledged as the three pillars on which Tasāra stands. But there is a fourth pillar, the journalist is told—and she is given the task of finding out what that third pillar, the invisible one, is. From here, the scene shifts to the three men themselves. Spread across four books—each a few chapters in length—are the stories of Satya, Tom, and Raja, and how they come together. Each book is a biography of the individual in question, and these three biographies form the best part of The Pillar Invisible: they are engrossing, interesting character studies of three men who are as chalk and cheese. There is Satya, for instance, who is the epitome of corporate success, all the way from the enviable corporate job to the plush home in a gated (and equally enviable) community, to the regular regimen of early morning jog, exercise, green tea, and yoga. Until his pre-dawn jog is interrupted by a sinister black dog on his trail, and his time in the otherwise empty gym is rattled by the presence of a plump, blank-eyed woman who disappears as mysteriously as the dog when there is anyone other than Satya around. There is Tom, fond of the good life, of food and alcohol. Tom, tormented by childhood trauma, who wanders far and wide in his love life in an attempt to find the woman who is really his soulmate. And there is Raja, born in a family so poor that his mother’s last desperate attempt to change matters resulted in disaster. Raja, who grew up to be a trade unionist, became wealthy, powerful, a philanderer who loved only one woman, but could not resist the temptation to chase after others. Not men one would expect to create something as seemingly idealistic as Tasāra, but that is what they do—and how they do it is what the last book is about. The non-linear narrative of the three protagonists’ lives works very well: it moves back and forth through time, now in the man’s childhood, now with him as an adult, then going back to his teenage years. In effect, peeling away layer after layer in a way that makes each man come alive, with all his strengths and weaknesses, his vices and virtues. Where The Pillar, Invisible suffers is in its less than adequate editing: there are too many italicized words, too many unnecessary quotation marks, and too many incorrect usages of words to make this a smooth read. For the reader who can ignore those, and who is especially interested in understanding the application of traditional Indian philosophy and spirituality, this can be a satisfying book. (From my review for The New Indian Express: http://www.newindianexpress.com/lifes...)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sasikumar

    The Pillar Invisible The Plot: Dr. Hari Parameswar begins The Pillar Invisible with a newspaper board room discussion and takes the reader along with three distinctive characters who are considered high achievers and successful corporate leaders. The interesting oscillation of situations of the characters from the present to their past and then to their melding together and further revelations towards the end are similar to the screenplay of a thrilling movie plot. The Characters: Satya, Tom and Raj The Pillar Invisible The Plot: Dr. Hari Parameswar begins The Pillar Invisible with a newspaper board room discussion and takes the reader along with three distinctive characters who are considered high achievers and successful corporate leaders. The interesting oscillation of situations of the characters from the present to their past and then to their melding together and further revelations towards the end are similar to the screenplay of a thrilling movie plot. The Characters: Satya, Tom and Raj are three main characters who are from different backgrounds and holding diverse life values but are all fascinated to their own success. Even though their traits are distinct, the book brings out the commonality of the characters through this vulnerability. The female characters are subtle and homely who are just influencing factors to the main characters. Dr Hari who is also a life coach seems to have done in-depth material research and spiritual exploration to create the three main protagonists and other characters like Satatma, Atmachintan, Swaroop etc. logically perfect and ensuring that our ancient wisdoms are not contradicted. The Intellectual Insight: The resolve of The Pillar Invisible seems not to tell a story, instead it is to convey a few serious messages (in the light of Indian ancient wisdom) to the readers. Each one reading the book will identify himself/herself with one of the characters or will relate them with someone known. The secret of team bonding or compatibility in relationships are explicitly brought in through the behavior modifications of protagonists under different situations and varied combinations in this mystical story. The thrust is to point out something terribly going wrong in today’s corporate world. Hari Parameswar ignites a serious discussion on the ‘ethical balance sheet’ for corporates which will certainly find its momentum in the years to come. The unseen side of sustainability and re-definition ‘profit/surplus’ as revealed in the book could also draw exciting debates. After reading The Pillar Invisible, I have re-assured myself what I always believed: Winners are people who knows the purpose of their life. A must read for all those who have achieved great success in life, those who still chase success and those who aspire to be successful……. P.V. Sasikumar. [email protected]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anisha Nair

    'The Pillar Invisible', is a perfect blend of characters resulting into a quest for one's innerself. We seldom try to do that unless and until we have faced certain downfall in life. The book reflects three characters, Satya, Raja and Tom who are different personalities altogether, each of them with different strength and weakness coming together moulding into one. All the three men starts reviewing the incidents that happen with them, turning them to be very much insecure and restless. The majo 'The Pillar Invisible', is a perfect blend of characters resulting into a quest for one's innerself. We seldom try to do that unless and until we have faced certain downfall in life. The book reflects three characters, Satya, Raja and Tom who are different personalities altogether, each of them with different strength and weakness coming together moulding into one. All the three men starts reviewing the incidents that happen with them, turning them to be very much insecure and restless. The major highlight of this book is the 5th chapter of the fourth pillar. I felt I could relate myself to each of the three individual in their beliefs. We can strongly feel our self in each of them. Sometimes felt like agreeing with Satya sometimes with Raja or sometimes with Tom. The first question about what is your approach to life? Felt like agreeing with Satya. What do you think about god? Felt like agreeing to Satya and Tom as my belief was that of a ‘Nastik’ before graduating myself to a strong believer. And so this goes on giving us a chance to explore oneself. All are within us be it goodness, purity, happiness, greed, desire, ambition, being impulsive, negligent or lazy. Human nature cannot be changed. Maybe if we try to fight all these we can end all the sufferings. All our actions do say something. If we can realise that we might attain tranquility. I would like to mention the woman characters in the book that is Nimmi, Shanti and Viji. They are different individuals but they have one factor in them in common. They love the man in their life very much. You can take Shanti or Viji in particular. Shanti had a cruel past and when Raja came to her life she got a precious thing which she missed in her life and that was respect from her man. He treated her like a goddess and that made her stronger to face his wayward life. Viji loved Chandy and that is the reason of her accepting Tom into her life loving him as her own child. Though, they both do not match the modern woman today. They are far liberlised in their actions which I appreciate as a woman. It is indeed a wonderful and beautiful mystical attempt by Dr. Hari Parameshwar. A must read......:)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shwetha H.S.

    Everybody has a past. Whatever it might be, nobody can judge your past to be good or bad, except you. What you learn from it and how you use it to make your future will define your being. Guilt is not something a third person can make you feel. It is the awakening of your conscience by your own deeds. The Pillar Invisible by Hari Parameshwar is a story of three accomplished men whose conscience takes them on a journey of setting their lives for the betterment of the society. Satyaki Satyanath, a Everybody has a past. Whatever it might be, nobody can judge your past to be good or bad, except you. What you learn from it and how you use it to make your future will define your being. Guilt is not something a third person can make you feel. It is the awakening of your conscience by your own deeds. The Pillar Invisible by Hari Parameshwar is a story of three accomplished men whose conscience takes them on a journey of setting their lives for the betterment of the society. Satyaki Satyanath, a corporate honcho. Rajaseshu Narasimhaiah, an industrialist and a king-maker. Thomas Chandy Ambadan, a successful businessman. They all encounter death in unexpected ways. Their experiences in the face of death bring them close to a mysterious entity that guides them and brings them together. The story is spiritualistic as well as thrilling. The author has managed to blend the goodness of philosophy and spirituality, and has served to you by garnishing it with a hint of mythology. It is not a fun read; can become heavy on your mind due to the theme of the book. Nonetheless, a very good concept to make today’s rat race participants understand what is important in life.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Disha

    3.5 stars I am glad that there are authors who attempts different genres besides those monotonous romance genres. I like author's way of narration and style of writing which is unusual but nice. It's a must read and recommended to those who likes spirituality and philosophy. It could have been much more if it was a non-fiction and shorter in length upto 150 pages instead of 220 pages, that's the only drawback. 3.5 stars I am glad that there are authors who attempts different genres besides those monotonous romance genres. I like author's way of narration and style of writing which is unusual but nice. It's a must read and recommended to those who likes spirituality and philosophy. It could have been much more if it was a non-fiction and shorter in length upto 150 pages instead of 220 pages, that's the only drawback.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amulya

  15. 4 out of 5

    Geo George

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deepa T P

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deep S

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richa

    I received a signed copy of this book as a giveaway from the author Dr. Hari Parameshwar in exchange for an honest review ..the story is woven around 3 men of different school of thoughts , coming together to accomplish their dreams. Very well narrated and indepth description of characters. I really got hooked to it till the end..Author is able to simplify the complexities of spirituality .. truly a goodread !!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zara Dsouza

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meera

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deepan Anand

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lakshmi

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vijayalakshmi Rajaram

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sanjay Gautam

  25. 5 out of 5

    Avenger

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nikhil Pandey

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ash Bansal

  28. 5 out of 5

    Prakhar

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deepak

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vikram

  31. 5 out of 5

    Kosha Shah

  32. 5 out of 5

    Anand Kalale Balasubramanya

  33. 4 out of 5

    Arpita Subhadarshinee

  34. 5 out of 5

    Akshatha Kulkarni

  35. 5 out of 5

    Mayank Kashyap

  36. 5 out of 5

    Mrigank

  37. 5 out of 5

    Pallavi Dedhia

  38. 5 out of 5

    Basant Kumar

  39. 5 out of 5

    Abhi

  40. 4 out of 5

    Amit

  41. 4 out of 5

    Rahul Singh

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