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Elephants in My Backyard : A Memoir (Hardcover) (Rajiv Surendra)

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Rajiv Surendra (the rapping mathlete from Mean Girls) read Life of Pi, discovered it was being adaptedinto a major motion picture,and embarked on a ten-year journey to land the role of a lifetime—but this is not a journey of goals and victories, this is a story of obsessively pursuing a dream, overcoming failure, and finding meaning in life.

The Elephants in My Backyard is not a journey of goals and victories, it’s the story of process and determination and, in the end, of failure. In many ways, it is Eat Pray Love for millennials—those adults coming of age and wondering what to do with their lives—a view into what it means to follow a passion and go where it leads you, to dream big and, ultimately, fail. It’s a book that gives one the courage to take a leap of faith, but also allows the reader to look back on past endeavors—be they successes or colossal defeats—with new appreciation and meaning.

In 2003, Rajiv Surendra was acting in Mean Girls, playing the beloved rapping mathlete Kevin Gnapoor, when a cameraman on set gave him a copy of Life of Pi, inadvertently changing the course of his life.

Rajiv dove into the novel, mesmerized by all the similarities between Pi and himself—both boys are five-foot-five, with coffee colored complexions, both lived by a zoo, both share a South Indian culture. When Rajiv learns that Life of Pi will be made into a major motion picture, he is convinced Pi is the role he is destined to play.

To land the role he must embody the character of the sixteen-year-old Tamil schoolboy. He takes a great leap of faith, quits university and buys a one-way ticket to India. Thus begins the journey of a lifetime. From Rajiv’s native Toronto to the sacred stone temples of South India, he travels to the frigid waters off the coast of rural Maine where he befriends an actual castaway and, eventually, finds resolution in the most unexpected of places—the cobbled streets of Munich.

The Elephants in My Backyard is a profound and inspiring story of self-discovery in the face of failure—poignant, funny, colorful, and absolutely unforgettable.
Number of Pages: 267
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Self Improvement, Literary Criticism
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author: Rajiv Surendra
Language: English
Street Date: November 8, 2016
TCIN: 51549640
UPC: 9781682450505
Item Number (DPCI): 248-26-0467
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Seth Baird 2 years ago
I got completely wrapped up in this story. The Elephants in my Backyard takes you on a journey with Rajiv as he goes after an Oscar winning role. I laughed with him, traveled with him, and cried with him. A powerful reminder to fight for our dreams and live life to the fullest
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