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Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream [Kindle Edition]

Deepak Chopra , Sanjiv Chopra
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Book Description

In Brotherhood, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra reveal the story of their personal struggles and triumphs as doctors, immigrants, and brothers. They were born in the ferment of liberated India after 1947, as an age-old culture was reinventing its future. For the young, this meant looking to the West.

The Chopra brothers were among the most eager and ambitious of the new generation. In the 1970s, they each emigrated to the United States to make a new life. Both faced tough obstacles: While Deepak encountered resistance from Western-trained doctors over the mind-body connection, Sanjiv struggled to reconcile the beliefs of his birthplace with those of his new home.

Eventually, each brother became convinced that America was the right place to build a life, and the Chopras went on to great achievements—Deepak as a global spiritual teacher and best-selling author, Sanjiv as a world-renowned medical expert and professor at Harvard Medical School.

Brotherhood will fascinate and inspire those who still believe in America’s capacity to foster achievement and reward hard work.

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"[Brotherhood] depicts some fascinating aspects of Indian assimilation in America, and the often hilarious, touching cultural clash." —Publishers Weekly

"An inspiring and brilliantly written memoir of two brothers taking two drastically different paths to medicine, each giving us hope that dreams can still be fulfilled in America."—Larry King

"Deepak and Sanjiv eloquently share their lives—their dreams, fears, obstacles, and achievements—in Brotherhood. An inspiration to keep dreaming and to remove the boundaries that have held us back in life."—Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas

"An inspiring, must-read book that brings back fond memories of my journey in America and, in a larger sense, my life."—Hugh Jackman

"Brotherhood is an uplifting account of sibling affection and success, and of the promise and infinite possibilities of America." —Booklist

"Brotherhood is an amazing story about two brothers coming over from India—one to pursue Western medicine to its pinnacle, the other to pioneer the merging of modern medicine and ancient wisdom. It’s an inspiring story about the American Dream and about the growing support for the mind-body connection in healing."—Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief, The Huffington Post Media Group

"Brotherhood is the story of five generations of Chopras, from grandparents to grandchildren. Deepak and Sanjiv tell us all about their lives: the pranks, games, and festivities, the joy and sadness, the lessons and values, and fond anecdotes of their youth in India. For those of us who have become followers of the thoughts and ideas of the Chopra brothers, Brotherhood is a must-read that confirms the old saying: 'Childhood is destiny.'"—Vicente Fox Quesada, former President of México (2000-2006)

"Rich in multicultural perspective, deeply engaging, warmly entertaining, Deepak Chopra and his brother Sanjiv have written a superb narrative of India, America, medicine, healing, science, and faith. This is a book for modern America, and for people everywhere who ask the deep questions of life and seek the answers that only experience can provide."—General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

"Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra have written a tender and graceful memoir, each sharply evoking a personal perspective on a shared family, professional, and community experience. In many ways, Brotherhood is a meditation on nature and nurture, extraordinary parents, and the power of Indian tradition and values."—Richard F. Celeste, U.S. Ambassador to India (1997–2001)

“Open, honest, and brilliantly written. Brotherhood reaffirms why our arms, hearts, and policies must remain open to welcome those who are eager to live in the land of promise. Every page contains a thoughtful gem that will enlighten the reader about the universal truths that bind us together. Read this book and take comfort in the knowledge that dreams still matter in America.” —William S. Cohen, former Secretary of Defense and Chairman and CEO, The Cohen Group

"In Brotherhood, Deepak and Sanjiv beautifully articulate their birthright and the intoxicating and permeative influence it had on their lives as doctors and spiritual practitioners in the Western world. Through their entertaining storytelling, they thoughtfully and humorously depict how, in India, chaos and order, the ancient and modern, faith and disbelief collide to create enduring influence. I, too, discovered that you can leave India but that she never leaves you."—Jacqueline Lundquist, author and former First Lady of the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, India

"Deepak Chopra and his younger brother, Sanjiv, have written an extraordinary and compelling account of their life's journey from a privileged upbringing in India to careers in medicine and spirituality in America. It is a story of tradition, of sibling rivalry, of the responsibility to 'give back at every conceivable opportunity,' and of immigration to another world to fulfill their respective dharmas. But most of all, it is a story of family, which was their lodestar and remains the touchstone of their lives."—Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley

"The story of Deepak and Sanjiv's lives easily unfolds, bringing us full circle to the knowledge that brotherhood is universal. Brotherhood takes us on an epic journey discovering the heart of life."—Marc Benioff, founder and CEO,

About the Author

Deepak Chopra, MD, Founder and CEO, The Chopra Foundation, Adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization.

Sanjiv Chopra, M.D., is professor of medicine and faculty dean for continuing education at Harvard Medical School and the author of five books, including Leadership by Example.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1554 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00GPI01D2
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing; 1 edition (21 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B77UDXE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars India, Spirituality, Medicine and America 17 Jun. 2013
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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These are four reasons why I found this book interesting.
The fifth reason would be that it is written by two brothers who tell from their own view in alternative chapters, how their lives began in India, how they both chose medicine and both emigrated to America, where each of them has become very successful in different ways.

I had read some of Deepak Chopra's books and thought it would be interesting to know more about him, in fact in this book I found his younger brother Sanjiv just as interesting. Both have followed in their father's footsteps by becoming doctors but they are clearly quite different kinds of people.

Deepak has become famous for his deep beliefs in the mind/body connection and his own way of combining modern science with the ancient beliefs of India, and the Indian healing methods of Ayurvedic practices.

Sanjiv is a professor of medicine and faculty dean at Harvard Medical School.
What makes this book so interesting is the viewpoint of India by two men who grew up there but are now very Westernised. You are getting both points of reference, the Eastern and the Western at the same time. This is rare if not unique.
Also their experience of emigrating to America and building their lives there. Neither set out with the intention to not return to India.
The brothers have always been close and the book has some wonderful stories of their childhood. Some times the same story from each of them giving the reader a feeling of getting to them both far more than a regular memoir or biography would.

After a while you can tell who wrote which chapter just by their differing personality showing in their writing styles.
I really liked Sanjiv's way of direct and simple communication.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Medical book alongside autobiography. 30 July 2013
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I was very interested in this book given I have read some of Deepaks work and am interested in the mind body spirit thing.
This is an autobiograpy written by Deepak and his brother Sanjiv, a liver doctor.
Alternative chapters are written about there upbringing in India and how they came to USA and their medical career.

I found the book well written and interesting but I have to say for me it could not be above 3 stars purely because it was way more medical than had expected or hoped, not my thing for reading about and the book started on a very moving but very graphic tummy turning event that put me off the book soon as I started reading.

I found it hard to remember which of the brothers I was reading about as the writing style to me was very similar -hearing about their children helped to identify whose chapter it was and we did get to know the family a little.
I also liked to hear Sanjivs views on Deepak and how he is.

If your tummy is stronger than mine and you like a medical read, then this is a thoughtful, interesting book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read 3 Jun. 2013
By Miss M. L. English VINE VOICE
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I certainly enjoyed reading this book. I don't usually read biographies but I like Deepak's other writing and his stance on mind-body, so I was interested enough to choose this.

It charts the two brothers journey from India to America, with a vast amount of personal detail. It made me see a side of the Chopra's I hadn't known about before. It tells us their inner thinking, their likes and dislikes and the reasons they made the choices that they did.

I did feel as I was reading it, that it was as if they wanted to chart 'their' version of their 'story' before anyone else did, and before they get too old or infirm to do it themselves....

The book is split into chapters, one from each brother.

Sanjiv the younger brother writes in true Virgo-style (I'm an astrologer so this remark is only for people that use astrology...) in a clear linear fashion, rarely deviating from what seems to be an honest account of events. He writes without making any criticisms and is helpful and thankful for the new life that America offered him.

Deepak writes in a much stranger way. He leaps about time-wise (in true Pisces Ascendant style, even though he's a Libra), adds in lots of his philosophies, explains why he made drastic life-changes and about turns...going from being a 'regular' doctor to one involved in the mind, transcendental meditation, healthy life-styles by the time I got to the end of the book, I felt as if I knew the pair of them quite well.

They both come from privileged backgrounds, this is not a rag-to-riches story, more a riches to extra riches tale but you learn how much hard work they have put into their lives to be where they are now.

I don't live in the USA so I can't comment about their experience of American life, but I can say this is an enjoyable read, one I wanted to get to the end of and is well thought out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 23 Jun. 2013
By Plunkit
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I have been a fan of Deepak Chopra for around fifteen years, have seen him speak several times and have read many of his books. This one is a fascinating insight into how his work evolved and reveals a committed physician and a very human man. I didn't know much about his brother prior to reading this book, but he also comes across in the same light. They both give a great deal of credit to their parents and speak of their loving extended family. Celebrity biographies hold no interest for me generally, but these two sensitive, caring brothers have much wisdom to impart to us all.
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Published 29 days ago by Orla Egan
3.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and informative
A slow start, so I almost gave up. The stories from each brother (written separately and independently of each other) then became more interesting . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Clarke
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs P D Christmas
3.0 out of 5 stars OK readable and interesting insofar as the comparison between Indian...
OK readable and interesting insofar as the comparison between Indian & American culture presented, but I found it a bit muddled chronologically and the paragraphing (one para by... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sue C
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Bit of a tear jerker, but lovely.
Published 6 months ago by S. J. Tracey
3.0 out of 5 stars and beyond dharma ?
A not too innocent duo of the famous Chopra brothers, famous both as writers and as high calibre specialised doctors. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MR MICHAEL GUILAS
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the 2 brothers writing this book with alternate chapters
I enjoyed the 2 brothers writing this book with alternate chapters. It gave good perspectives from both sides, and believe me they are different viewpoints yet they meet so often. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A happy customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read
Published 7 months ago by MRS B
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting approach having brothers write each alternate chapter. Reveals their similarities and differences. Gives information about different cultures.
Published 7 months ago by Angela Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars liked the way it was written with alternate chapters
liked the way it was written with alternate chapters. lovely childhood and insight into Indian work ethic and the American Dream.
re-reading it again.
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
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