I Have No Earthly Idea


Romance - Contemporary
411 Pages
Reviewed on 05/05/2019
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Author Biography

S.K. Radhakrishnan trained and practiced as a physical therapist in India before coming to the United States in 1994. After 13 years of practice as a contract physical therapist in the Midwest, he attained physician assistant training at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI from 2002-2004. Wayne State University PA Program Faculty selected him as one "who is most likely to achieve clinical excellence while advancing the ethics & standards of the profession" and presented him with the "Professionalism Award" for the Class of 2004.

S.K. Radhakrishnan came to Durham, NC in 2004 after being accepted into the Duke Postgraduate PA Surgical Residency Program. Following successful completion of the residency program, he began his career as a surgical PA for Dr. Allan Friedman in the Department of Neurosurgery. Shortly after, S.K. Radhakrishnan was invited to help teach the Duke PA Program students.

In 2006, he was the recipient of a Duke Strength, Hope and Caring Award for the extraordinary provision of compassionate care for patients. In April 2018 he received the Meritorious Service Award for distinguished service to Duke. Currently, he is the administrative chief and clinical neurosurgical PA in the Department of Neurosurgery.

His volunteered contributions include work with Special Olympics and neurosurgery mission trips to Uganda.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

I Have No Earthly Idea by S.K. Radhakrishnan is a wonderful, bittersweet romance with an international setting in India and the United States. Senthil is a physical therapist who is deeply in love with Sumathi. Both of them work hard to make ends meet, support their families, and save money for their wedding. But they know it’s hard in India, and that is why Senthil makes the difficult decision to move to the United States. He becomes a dedicated and successful physician assistant in America. Can he keep the flame burning for Sumathi in a far-off foreign land or will the distance erode the love he has for her?

S.K. Radhakrishnan’s novel is very well written and it is a beautiful meld of romance and adventure, a story that reflects the reality of modern-day couples in situations where a husband or wife has to leave in search of greener pastures. The narrative is filled with social and cultural commentaries that allow readers glimpses of Indian traditions and life. For instance, talking about marriage, the author offers insight: “In an arranged marriage, the parents of both the boy and the girl sought out compatible horoscopes for prospective matches from families of the same religion, similar caste, and equal economic standard.” The narrative voice is strong and the writing confident, and the phraseology is unique. I Have No Earthly Idea is written in a highly descriptive style and the author has the gift of bringing out emotions in the characters. The pacing is leisurely but the meticulousness in character development makes this novel an exciting read.