Finding happiness within

Vikram Thummala’s book indicates the path to happiness and how to go about the journey.– Photo: By Arrangement  

Lathi-wielding policemen rarely hold a pen and seldom become philosophical, leave alone preach happiness given their encounters with mostly negative shades of the society. And when the hidden preachers turn philosophical despite their hard life, they come out with interesting aspects for making life more meaningful and finding happiness within.

Vikram Thummala, an IPS officer of the Kerala cadre, who has a penchant for writing, argues that being happy is everyone’s essential nature, and all that one has to do is to realise that and connect to it. He understood it while dealing with a volatile situation in a northern district of Kerala known for being politically and communally sensitive.

“I don’t know whether it was a psychological delusion or some escape mechanism the body resorted to, but I realised that I had connected to a higher power within myself and this higher power seemed to know everything and was capable of taking everything in his stride.”

His experience is now in Happiness Sutra: Be the Witness . Written in the form of a conversation between Ajith, a young IT employee who is depressed and on the verge of committing suicide, and Kartik, a spiritually oriented IPS officer who intercepts the youth when he is about to jump off a bridge, the book takes readers through various stages that lead to their true nature.

The dramatic situation and rhetorical device of a dialogue serve to provoke the curiosity of readers and arouse interest in what the characters discuss. It also allows shaping the course of the argument, including in it questions that most rational readers would ask. “The conversational tone in which the new ideas are presented in and the division of the book into 11 logical chapters, each focusing on a particular aspect, make the exposition easy to follow,” says Mr. Thummala, an IIT Madras graduate.

The idea is to indicate the path to happiness, promising readers that happiness will be found with each step that they take. What is offered is a line of reasoning and a set of techniques, which if understood and practised assiduously, can bring increased happiness,” says the IPS officer, who is now the DIG at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) in Hyderabad.

Mr. Thummala agrees that the path he talks about in the book has always existed and numerous persons have traversed it. “As a traveller on the path, I have thought it my duty to hold a torch up at the place I am now standing, hoping that it may prompt several others to start the journey.”

IPS officer Vikram Thummala talks about connecting to higher power within, in his book Happiness Sutra: Be the Witness

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