eBook released – to support domestic violence nonprofits – #dvchallenge

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1.  eBook and bound book now available, with proceeds to benefit domestic violence nonprofits – please read and share!

2.  Hyphen LitCrawl performance now on YouTube!


1.  eBook and bound book now available, with proceeds to benefit domestic violence nonprofits – please read and share!

“Asian American Anger – It’s a Thing!” explores anger in the context of domestic violence and misogyny in the Asian American community.  Readers have called the lead essay in the mini-volume (“Asian American Male Anger:  The Fast and the Furious”) “jarring”, “breathtaking”, and “important”.  It’s only 99 cents for the eBook – I hope you’ll find this affordable and useful to you as thinkers and community members.

I am not making any money on this – all proceeds will go to Narika and Maitri, two domestic violence nonprofits in the Bay Area, and other cultural organizations if enough money is earned.

I’ve only sold about a dozen copies so far in the first 5 days of availability – so I am depending on word of mouth and your kindness in purchasing and sharing the links to purchase the books.  I think you’ll find this a very powerful and stirring read.

Also included in the book is my essay on internet rage, “The Social Network is an IndigNation” – which is an excerpt from my book-in-progress about the psychology of social networks.  And – a dozen bonus poems about anger!

Here are the links:

Psychology Today Pacific Heart blogpost:  #dvchallenge: Let’s Get at the Roots of Domestic Violence!

Amazon, Kindle and Kindle app link  (You don’t need a Kindle to read this – you can download a free app to your desktop or smartphone.)

Createspace (preferred for physical bound book)

iBooks link (for iPad, iPhone and Mac)

Please share widely in your networks – and I would absolutely invite feedback on these essays.



2.  Hyphen LitCrawl performance now on YouTube!

I hope you enjoy this roughly 9 minute performance from Hyphen’s LitCrawl on October 18, 2014.  The individual poems are also on my YouTube channel, if you are so moved as to share any of them.

Litcrawl 2014

YouTube Channel

Happy October to you all!


Facebuddha: I need your help!

For Asian Americans, the release of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW marked a milestone.  Actor Parry Shen wrote a widely distributed email plea that roused Asian Americans to support Asian American film by going out to see the groundbreaking movie.  I’m feeling Shen’s urgency now as I move forward with my just completed manuscript, Facebuddha:  Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks.

The book is narrative non-fiction, about the psychology of social networks and relationships – but being written by me, a lot of it is also devoted to the Asian American experience, the immigrant experience, racism and love – all powerful components of relatedness and the real social network – Society.  Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks starts with deep soulful conversation on a Hanoi rooftop, and ventures through the relationship wilds of Facebook and the online experience via Linsanity and the blogosphere, and plunges deep into relationships in India before taking on the question of who we are when we are online – what happens to our mind, emotions, heart and attention – what happens to our sense of self and boundaries, and how our choices can affect our world. I think it is humorous, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and perhaps even transformative to the reader.  I’ve certainly been transformed as I’ve written this 80,000 word book and grappled with the multitude of issues raised by my investigation – inwards and outwards. You might also tell by the title that I come at this from a Buddhist perspective, as exploration of the mind/heart.  I’m mindful that in America, most of the respected authors in this genre are not Asian American.

Some comments so far (by very well-read and amazing individuals) are “Pitch perfect! Quite impressive and scholarly!” and “I did like the read! Thank you for your openness. I am touched by your candor. I hear a call to unite and feel moved to respond. I find your book thought-provoking.”

I’m in the process of looking for an agent now. (If any of you know an agent who would be interested in this genre, please let me know.)  But part of me questions how this will be received by audiences. Will they “get” me? I am very confident about my writing, but these latter questions can only be resolved if I can prove I’ve got an enthusiastic potential readership.

So I’m asking for your help. Can you please:
1. Forward this email and get your friends to sign up on my email list at www.RaviChandraMD.com
2. Follow me on Twitter at @going2peace
3. Please tweet “Looking fwd to #Facebuddha : Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks by Ravi Chandra! Sign up at www.RaviChandraMD.com@going2peace”
4. Please share this as a status on Facebook widely.

I’m not setting up yet another page which I will beg you to like – I’m not going to spam you – I’m don’t anticipate flooding my Facebook wall with posts about this book. But it would be very helpful to show an agent that there is an audience for an Asian American man writing about relatedness, psychology, and love with humor and insight.

Thank you for your continued support.

Ravi Chandra, M.D.

Facebuddha manuscript complete!

I recently finished my book manuscript!  I’m now shopping it around to agents and publishers – wish me luck!

It’s called “Facebuddha:  Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks“, and covers the psychology of social networks and their effects on the self.  It’s unique and hopefully compelling in that it also has elements of memoir and travel, exploring relationships in Hanoi, Japan, and India before coming home to San Francisco’s Silicon Valley wonders.  Sign up for my newsletter at http://www.ravichandramd.com for the latest news – and please encourage your friends to do the same.  Already, readers have found it “quite impressive” and “pitch perfect”!