My Journey From a Fatal Disease to Good Health

Fight for Life

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
57 Pages
Reviewed on 09/13/2015
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Author Biography

Mr. Shantanu Saha is an Indian and holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Delhi University and has done his master's in Business Administration from FORE School of Management, Delhi, India.

After finishing his Masters in Business Administration, he joined as as a Management Trainee in ABB India, a Swiss - Swedish Electrical Engineering MNC. In ABB he handled challenging assignments in Industrial Relations and HR in their Kolkata and Faridabad factories before becoming the youngest Head - HR for an ABB Joint Venture Company in Madhya Pradesh with the sole responsibility of establishing the HR function ground up.

He was also a part of the start up team at Daksh (now a part of IBM India) where he was instrumental in hiring 1500 employees in a span of just over six months for which he was awarded with the Daksh Leadership Award in the year 2001. He later went on to Head HR for one of the Business Units at Daksh.

 With the passion to repeat what was done in Daksh, Shantanu also joined Global Vantedge, a US Collections company (now a part of the Aegis group) and led its start up HR team as AVP - HR. He was instrumental in setting up the HR systems and processes and hiring around 1000+ employees here as well. In his last corporate assignment, Shantanu was the VP - HR for another WestBridge Capital Funded Startup international collection BPO in Gurgaon. 

Mr. Shantanu Saha is currently the CEO of "The Recruiters" an Executive Search, HR Outsourcing & Consulting Firm based in Gurgaon, India that he founded in the year 2004 after completing a successful corporate stint.

This book covers the period of his work experience during which he discovered that he suffered from a serious and near fatal genetic disease. He tried his level best to not let that affect his career or ambitions. Though his initial reaction was of denial, he later did fight for his life and survived to tell this tale...

    Book Review

Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

My Journey From a Fatal Disease to Good Health: Fight for Life by Shantanu Saha is an inspiring tale of the author's fight against a fatal disease. At age 25, Shantanu was diagnosed with Adult Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. Shantanu had cysts on the kidneys, cysts that would eventually grow large enough to stop the proper functioning of his kidneys. This story is about the author's reaction to that news; the mental issues that the author went through daily, knowing that the end of life was nearing every day. This story chronicles how the author lived in denial for much of the time, choosing to focus on career, and family and friends, but not confront the fact that death loomed around the corner. Eventually, 14 years later, the author was able to recover and rediscover good health. And with that good health, he was able to look back on the last 14 years of his life and write about what almost dying meant.

I found this story very inspirational, sad and scary, all at the same time. I think any reader who suffers from a chronic disease or knows someone suffering with an illness will really relate to the author and to this sad but serious tale. Anyone with any kind of health issue or health scare will really relate to the idea of denial and throwing yourself into another aspect of your life. But I think the ending and finding health will also appeal to readers because it is so wonderful to see this story end on a happy, healthy note.