Indian version of my book “Amma Called Me UNNI – Life stories of a migrant doctor” is being released at H & C Hall on Durbar Hall Road, Opp. Ernakulam temple grounds. This event is attended by high-scale dignitaries doing the ‘release’ events.
Plot: Menon keeps the plot of this memoir straightforward and linear, his easy to follow chronology holding the stories of friends, family, and colleagues, and only occasionally diverging into tangential medical anecdotes.
Prose: Menon writes with great clarity and a distinctive voice, and he has an exquisite memory for detail; sense of sitting down with the author and hearing his stories that is appealing in a memoir.
Originality: Menon’s warmth and gratitude about his childhood in Kerala and his experiences in the American medical system are a welcome balm to critical tell-all memoirs.
Character Development: Menon makes an effort to make his memoir a people piece, describing family members and colleagues, both through extended descriptions of their histories and their demeanors, and through stories about them, making this less self-centered feeling than many memoirs.
This is such a relevant book for the new America, about immigrants in America written by an immigrant. And it should appeal to all those who are eager and interested.
In the Reader Views, Carol Hoyer, the reviewer found “My Mother Called Me UNNI – A Doctor’s Tale of Migration”, by Dr. Venugopal K. Menon to be well written, and full of humor, compassion, and love. It is hard to even begin to write about this book, one really has to read it slowly, and do some thinking and reflection on one’s feelings about who they are, how they love, and how they see life.
Reviews pour in from readers from several countries and continents:
Physician Venugopal Menon has published a memoir – ‘My Mother Called Me UNNI’ about his boyhood in a Kerala village. The Indian American retired doctor said he wrote his memoir for his six grandchildren – writes Sunita Sohrabji of India West.