Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Is Life a Question or a Question Answered?

Is Life a Question or a Question Answered? by R. Breuer Stearns

What a thought provoking query!  For me, life is a cosmic question and a highly personal question answered. Said differently, the question "Why life?" seems currently unanswerable from a scientific perspective and answerable with some or much doubt, depending on how willing you are to inject Faith into your reasoning. Life, the purpose and meaning of life in the cosmic philosophical sense is unfathomable to me. However, life, in a personal sense, is a question answered ... indeed, a highly individualized question answered.

I imagine my own life as an existence/adventure that presents a stream of alternatives, questions, and decisions. How an individual anticipates and responds to these various paths determines the course of that individual's life, thereby answering the question, "What is my life?"  Note that this "what" question is much narrower than the "why" question. In my novel, THE QUESTION," readers will see the characters intellectually wrestle with precisely these cosmic and personal issues.   , THE QUESTION," readers will see the characters intellectually wrestle with precisely these cosmic and personal issues.


R. Breuer Stearns is an investor and author.

Mr. Stearns graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover (1970), Harvard University (AB, 1974), University of Chicago (MBA, 1977), and DePaul University College of Law (JD, 1979). He rapidly ascended on Wall Street in the 1980s, serving as Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at Lehman Brothers and Head of Investment Banking (North America) at UBS Securities. While living in New York, he founded “Terrific Teachers, Inc.,” a foundation dedicated to identifying and rewarding the best of the best of the city’s public high school teachers.
Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Stearns launched a private investment bank in the former Soviet Union. He spent the early 1990s seeking to marry emerging science, primarily emanating from Russia’s Defense sector, with Western capital. During this period, Mr. Stearns made a small fortune, albeit from a larger one. The venture provided a remarkable lesson in hubris, a tremendous reservoir of internal strength, and first-hand source material for Mr. Stearns’ first book, Winning Smart After Losing Big (Encounter Books, Beijing University Press).
Subsequently, Mr. Stearns served as Chief Financial Officer of The Dial Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of Columbia/HCA Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of PacifiCare, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer of Vascular Genetics, Inc., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quepasa Corporation (QPSA:Amex).
Mr. Stearns is a Founder of VestaPoint Capital LLC, a family of investment funds focused on real estate development. He lives in Arizona with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and a horse. He travels extensively and is intensely curious. 

Friday, 20 May 2016

Beyond Death

Death has always been a much contemplated subject and writing about life after death without being preachy is a herculean task. But Deb pulled it off brilliantly.

Told through the eyes of a young girl whose life's dreams are shattered, this book revolves around coming to term with realities and moving on. Yes, if you believe that souls never die, then it is also important to learn to let go. I wish I could say more about the plot but the narrative is so gripping that even a bit of disclosure would act as spoilers.

Deb writes straight from the heart. You can feel the emotions as you read about them. The language is simple and yet has a charm if its own to keep you engrossed. As you keep turning the pages you will feel varied emitions capturing your heart and soul. The narrative is descriptive but puts across the point or the essence without too much of flowery language. There are loads of twists and turns but each one has been well depicted and adds on to the plot at every stage.

Loved the characterization. They have their flaws, their imperfections and above all they all have a role to play in keeping the storyline going. The characters emote, exhibit and enact. Above all, the strange combinations in terms of pairing of characters with contrasting temperaments does keep the reader interested.

Deb touches upon an important social issue. I wish I could elaborate and give my views here, but if I do then the whole essence of the story gets disclosed. In short, this is one story with a heart. 

To sum up, if you want to do some serious reading and have food for thought subsequently, this book is for you.

P.S - Awesome story Deb. You really made me believe Youthere is something more beyond death.