The Braying Donkey: Reflections on a Life by Dr. Timir Banerjee
father, one uncle, and maternal grandfather all working as doctors in India, Timir Banerjee
knew early in life that he
was destined for a career in medicine.
It is ironic, therefore, that a major theme of The Braying Donkey, Banerjee's
loosely organized collection of memoirs and inspirational thoughts, is his
lifelong quest for identity and self-fulfillment against the unforgiving forces of social convention, discrimination, and the random circumstances of birth.
Born in India, he came to Louisville, Kentucky, as a young hospital intern in the 1960s.
The story of his
cross-cultural experience is a revealing contrast between the medical practices of his
homeland and those of the US, but mostly, it is the unique and inspiring self-portrait of a remarkable individual.
Deeply steeped in the simple wisdom of his
father and grandfather, Banerjee
offers compelling insights into matters of religion, morality, racism, legal ethics, childhood, fatherhood, friendship, love, sexuality, literature, and more.
The still powerful influence of his
father and grandfather shows in his
touching and detailed portraits of these two mentors.
Disaffected by the religion of his
finds peace of mind and a strong sense of purpose through Christianity, enabling him to rise above the ugliness of bigotry and to combat conventional notions of success through material gain.
Dr. Timir Banerjee, a retired, board-certified neurosurgeon, was born in India and educated in India and the U.S.
has published numerous medical articles and a book, Signs, Syndromes, and Eponyms: Our Legacy (AANS, 1999).
has also written another book titled Sights and Sounds of Nepal and Katmandu Valley, and has presented many scientific papers.
He is currently a professor of Neuro-Anatomy at the Kigezi International School of Medicine in Cambridge, England, and has served on the professional staff at the universities of North Carolina and Wisconsin.
volunteer work in the Federation of International Education of Neurosurgeons and Medical Benevolent Foundation
takes him to such distant locations as Nepal, Peru, India, Brazil, and Zimbabwe.
Timir also served as a Commander in the United States Naval Reserve and is an active member of the Senatorial Inner Circle.
now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he
enjoys gardening and the company of his