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At the beginning of married life, the romantic thrills it brings are always overestimated, the responsibilities underestimated and the uncertainties ignored altogether. The realities of marriage shock every couple at one point or another. Yet, with all its problems, this institution is nowhere near extinction. A School Called Marriage aims at buffering the inevitable reality-check and guiding you to the path of mutual bliss.
Starting with the significance of choosing the right partner, to dealing with life and all its issues after marriage, the book looks at the entire spectrum of intimacy, parenting, relationship with extended family, work-family balance and much more. Enriched and illustrated by a large number of case studies, the book discusses dimensions and circumstances that are bound to make their way through the strongest of marriages. Not left out are also some unconventional choices such as lifelong bachelorhood, live-in relationships, role of sex, divorce and the struggle for power and control in relationships.
The authors - Dr. Ramesh Bijlani and Dr. Arpita Lal - a father-daughter team, bring to the book the wisdom culled from their extensive professional experience, the wisdom that is needed for turning marriage from a necessary evil into a mutually enriching relationship.
About the Author
Starting with Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, where the foundations of her studies in psychology were laid, Arpita Lal went on to do an M Phil in Clinical Psychology from National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore and a Ph. D. in Couple and Family Therapy at the Ohio State University, USA. With rich clinical experience in both the East and the West, Arpita has also taught in the US and published in International journals. After her PhD, she worked for more than two years as a Mental Health Therapist at Northpoint, St Clairsville, Ohio, USA.
Educated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, Ramesh Bijlani went on to become the Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology at AIIMS. After he established a mind-body medicine facility at AIIMS in the year 2000, he came in contact with many persons having physical symptoms, the underlying cause of which was mental distress. He started counseling them using a psycho-spiritual approach. He is a prolific writer, with 14 published books to his credit. Currently, he stays and works at Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch.