Satish Desai is a retired civil and structural engineer. He has worked for seven years in India and fortyfive years in the UK. His favourite field is reinforced concrete. His research work earnt him PhD in 1995 at the City University, London, and led to publication of some 50 technical papers in international magazines.His book containing character sketches, “Footsteps in the West”, was published in the year 2000 by Whittles Publishing of Glasgow. A Marathi book, “Anuja”, was recently published by “Granthali” (Mumbai, India). Omkarananda Ashram *Winterthur, Switzerland) has published his booklets on “Avadhuta Gita” and on “Concise Introduction to Patanjali’s Science of Yoga”.
He has served as Hon. Visiting Professor at universities of Surrey (2001-06) and Kingston (2007-2012). In the year 1998, he received OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) for his work in civil engineering and his services at the Department of Environment. He is “Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, London”. The Institution presented him their “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his services over 30 years in South Eastern Counties Group and as a member of their Council for five years at their central office in London.
During his career and experience in universities, he came across talented young ladies, especially of Indian origin, who seemed to suffer because of the dominance of the men-dominated environment. In India, ladies were expected to make sacrifices and depend on men as the providers and heads of families. Men could err but ladies had to remain subservient and faithful. Satish also met some young ladies, who found the male dominance as unacceptable in the modern world, which would impede their careers, abilities and ambitions. The principal character of this book, Anuja, represents a combination of characters of some exeptional young ladies, who have tried to defy the traditions and found their ways for fulfilling their ambitions.