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KM Harikrishnan Author Interview

The Three Muscat Years is a memoir that shares the story of three years you spent as an Army doctor and the experiences that helped shape your life and period of self-discovery. Why was this an important book for you to write?

You have said it in the question! It was the process of self discovery that has guided me through all my professional and personal life since then. I was introduced to a multi cultural experience through my deputation to Oman at a very early stage in my career. That helped shape my view of people and things. I doubt I would have benefited as much, had I gone on such a deputation at a much later date in my career in the Army.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

My relationship with Glynnis. For various reasons, I did not write about my relationships before the start of this book’s events. I felt that would be too close to an autobiography! But my failed relationship had saddened me, and Glynnis brought a freshness into my life for which I will remain forever beholden to her.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

I come from a traditional South Indian background. Family ties, respect for elders and unconditional acceptance of all peoples as one’s equals, were traits ingrained in me by my parents. I wanted to highlight them, since they are more relevant today than ever before.

This included highlighting the common values shared by Indians and Pakistanis, who, for political reasons, are considered enemies of one another! The best part was that I did not have to bring in any imagined qualities in my friends to make them look good. They already were wonderful individuals!

Integrity is part of the psyche of all armed forces personnel – at least, they should be. I wanted to drive home this characteristic which we neophyte army chaps had already internalised.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

That we are all good people at heart, regardless of nationality, faith, caste, or creed.

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In this book of adventure, a greenhorn Army doctor chronicles his discovery of a foreign land, newfound love, and new peoples. Three Muscat years and a series of matchless experiences help him cope with personal loss, understanding of fellow human beings, and self-discovery along the way. How does a young man come face-to-face with deep-rooted traditions and overpowering emotions experienced never before? Read on to find out from this heartwarming, brutally honest account.

The Three Muscat Years

The Three Muscat Years by K.M. Harikrishan chronicles three years in the life of a young Indian army doctor as he adapts and finds his footing in a foreign country. Life becomes increasingly more challenging as the doctor is faced with the death of his father and a devastating sense of loss and grief.

As the young doctor learns to adjust to his new life and career challenges, he seeks comfort and acceptance from unexpected people he meets, some of whom become close friends. The story reads like a memoir, but it is interesting how it captures the essence of character growth. I found the doctor’s life experiences relatable, much like that of an ordinary person, even with extraordinary circumstances. The author does an excellent job of recounting his life so that we look beyond our first impressions and collective ideas about army personnel and medically trained staff.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, having grown up with Indian culture and tradition. The narrator never wastes a chance to discuss unique characteristics of culture, Carnatic music, and other fond ideas and memories, which provide comfort for loneliness and becoming homesick. It’s an exciting book highlighting the personal impact of traveling and working abroad under stressful circumstances.

I enjoyed the author’s candid writing style and straightforward storytelling which encourages us to identify with the characters in the story while sympathizing with their feelings and hardships. The Three Muscat Years by K.M. Harikrishan is an easy book to read and enjoy, with lots of witty humor, relatable content, and the sensitive narration of one doctor’s journey.

Pages 274 | ASIN 9390882583

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