The Philosopher

Dr. Ashok Malhotra
April 6, 2012

Dr. Ashok Malhotra was born on the 20th of July 1950 in Pune India. He spent his early childhood in Nainital a beautiful Himalayan town in Northern India. Later he graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to do a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the same Institute and then moved to Canada where he obtained his doctoral degree in 1978 from the University of British Columbia. Doctor Malhotra is a recipient of several awards for his contributions to higher technical education.

Dr. Malhotra has practiced his academic profession in several countries around the world as a Professor of Engineering. Since early 2001 he has worked in senior administrative positions (as Director) of three different engineering colleges of India. Besides his technical profession, Dr. Malhotra has deep interests in human history, evolution and philosophy. He has been an ardent student of Western, Middle Eastern and Eastern spiritual philosophies and tried to reconcile these with his scientific understanding. His interests in history have lead him to suggest the origins of the Sumerian civilisation, Queen Nefertiti, and the location of lost Atlantis. He has published several general articles and books on the Internet besides his scientific publications that are available in scientific journals.

Dr. Malhotra is also an accomplished oil painter. His oil on canvas paintings are regarded as examples of the contemporary postmodern art of India.

Ashok Malhotra host his own blog Spiritual Thoughts for a Green World that touches on world issues of significant physical, spiritual and cultural importance to all of us. Two of Ashok’s works of fiction are listed below.

Mystic and the Blossoms

An inspiring story set in a backward village in India. It is a story of hope for everyone especially the least developed parts of the world. The book has spiritual content but it is not a religious book. Published earlier in electronic form by a Malaysian Publisher the book has caught wide attention. The Novella is set in a backward Indian village with its quaint customs and superstitions. During the course of this fascinating story the village changes into a place of love and beauty. In the Words of Margaret Marr (Author), “Mystic And The Blossoms is one of the most interesting and inspiring novels I’ve read in a long while. I felt as if I were sitting at the feet of a wise man, listening in rapt attention to the story of Jag Baba. I urge you to get a copy of Mystic And The Blossoms, read it for yourself and see what amazing insights you come away with.”

Nude Besides the Lake

Fred Gill travels half way across the world to an idyllic location in the central Himalayas. Here he encounters a nude holy man and a beautiful blue lake surrounded by lush green hills. The surprising events that follow lead him into an entirely new perspective on life. This is an adventure filled with love for nature, mystic insights and human goodness. The choice of the word ‘besides’ in the title instead of ‘beside’ is intentional.

This book is filled with adventure, spiritual wisdom and the natural beauty of the Himalayas. It explains the concepts of eastern spirituality to a western reader in a simple manner. The book touches on the subject of nudity in a light-hearted and humorous manner and the story does not contain any obscenity. Ashok is certain the reader will enjoy the story and benefit from the wisdom contained within.


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