Hari’s ex-firm develops state of the art technology in non-invasive brain stimulation solutions for behaviour therapy, which its clinical arm Globright, adopts. Hari is offered a job in a new Globright centre, which opens in the city of Mumbai. Hari accepts the offer reluctantly. The clinic specializes in treating patients suffering from depression and much to Hari’s consternation, Hema is their first patient. He can scarce believe that she suffers from chronic depression and is in dire need of treatment. The therapy goes awry on the second day of her treatment and was it not for Hari’s timely intervention and a stroke of good fortune, Hema would have been dead.
That it was an attempt to insidiously finish off Hema becomes apparent to Hari and the world when the footage of the attempted murder /crime that had been captured inadvertently is released. Who could be plotting against her? Unfortunately Hari because of his expertise in the field gets charged with sabotaging a perfect treatment by tailoring it to meet his own narrow ends, that is get close to Hema.
Would Hari indulge in such a dangerous act merely to appear a hero in Hema’s eyes?
Is Hema’s estranged husband responsible for this attempt on her life?
Does Hema stage the whole scenario merely as a publicity stunt to shore up her sagging career?
When a similar incident, of a treatment having gone seriously wrong is reported from the Netherlands around the same time the credibility of Glomind takes an unmitigated beating. John Vickers, the CEO of Glomind confides in Hari that he suspects a shadowy agency, previously appointed by him to conduct clinical trials is now sabotaging the treatments.
Could Glomind’s closest competitor, Masterpill have been orchestrating these deplorable acts from behind the scenes?
These incidents lead to a vociferous campaign in the media questioning the safety/ reliability of such advanced clinical research and therapy. Has the scaling down of Glomind’s R&D department anything to do with these accidents? Are Glomind’s R&D practices ethical? Can such research be carried out without sacrificing human lives?
Only when the embattled CEO of Glomind is found almost brain dead after announcing the restoration of R&D to its original scale do the sordid details start pouring out. The final showdown reveals the truth and exposes one man's all consuming lust which leads to the ungodly acts.
On one level, the novel is a fast paced thriller with innumerable twists in the plot. On another it is a kind of coming-of-age story of Hari, the brilliant yet naive, practical yet idealistic, high on IQ but very poor on EQ young man who pays a heavy price to discover that the world is not such an orderly place after all.
The novel introduces a new form of alternative therapy that is rapidly gaining in popularity while raising questions about the benefits and risks associated with such cutting edge medical research and asks whether corporate dynamics impinges on individual/personal lives.
Book: Engines of the Mind
Author: M.K. Kirti
Publishing Date: 2012
Publisher: Power Publishers