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:
- This book is a “must read” for all migrants and their descendants. It is a gift to our children and grand children. It is not a book for just reading once and done. It has become a reference book for me.
- To sum up, a book that stirs up a hornet’s nest of emotions – a book that needs to be read to be experienced.
The philosophical and spiritual comments through out the book were thought provoking.
- It is an engrossing story told with humor and humility.
- His book will be read by people even a hundred years from now.
- Is a riveting tale of human emotions.
- He has given us the front row seat as he unfolds the story of his life with such humor, sensitivity and humbleness.
- A poignant journey through life across the seven seas brilliantly narrated, giving an insight into the man, his mission and his accomplishments. A must read. Salute.
- Menon’s tale has great academic value as it offers several insights into a socio-cultural system. In other words, a life history takes one beyond seeing just the trees. It offers us a glimpse of the forest. Indeed, this book is worthy of being handed down to a whole generation of Indian descent born away from the land of their origin.
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.
Yet for Dr Venugopal Menon life only took him forward – from Kerala to Scotland to DC to Connecticut to Houston. He gives P Rajendran a peek into his American journey and the process of putting down his memories of it in My Mother Called Me UNNI.
One of the largest exhibition of books. My Mother Called Me UUNI on the second shelf to the left.