Swami Vivekananda's English vocabulary skills captivated thousands, but his marks within the subject within the three university examinations he took were faraway from impressive, says a different book around the nineteenth-century philosopher-monk.
"The Modern Monk: What Vivekananda Means to Us Today" uses a fresh investigate the life of probably the most important figures from the modern imagination of India.
Author Hindol Sengupta argues that it must be Vivekananda's modernity that interests us today. He is unlike any monk we have now known. He is confined neither by history nor by ritual, and it is constantly questioning everything around him, including himself.
"Born to the family of a rich lawyer, he might get just about the very best available education - including studying on the famed Metropolitan Institution school in Calcutta. This was perhaps why he spoke and wrote English while using fluency from the British," the novel, published by Penguin, says.
The author, however, proceeds to state that Vivekananda's marks just weren't reflective of his skills, specially those in English.
"For men whose erudition and English speaking skills were impressive enough to captivate thousands, including the Americans in the Parliament of Religions and afterwards, his marks were dismal," he states.
"He took three university examinations - the entrance examination, the First Arts Standard (FA, which later became Intermediate Arts or IA) plus the Bachelor of Arts (BA). His scores inside the English language were 47 % for the entrance level, 46 percent in FA and 56 % in BA," he writes.
His marks in other subjects like mathematics and Sanskrit were also average.
Quoting from various sources like Vivekananda's writings, his letters and speeches, Sengupta mentions how a monk loved French cookbooks, invented a different way of developing khichdi and was interested within the engineering behind ship-building plus the technology that creates ammunition among other interesting facts.