Friday, August 30, 2013

“Wise Enough To Be Foolish” by Gauri Jayaram - Powerful Tale of an empowered Indian woman

Welcome to this novel based real story by Gauri Jayaram , which is a stimulating narrative and inspiring tale of a courageous and strong woman.
“WISE ENOUGH TO BE FOOLISH” is a memoir, in fiction, which describes an Indian girl’s life, her confrontations and happy moments, as she matures from an insecure middle child (being second born in a family) into a self made confident woman.
The story begins with the discovery of the infidelity of the husband of Gauri by Gauri herself, who is a 4 month old newly married bride. She is rewinded to her past, her birth as the second girl child in a Punjabi family, the elder one being the much eulogized son and her attempts as a child to be like her brother to win her mother’s care and affection. She becomes boyish and plays with the boys. She plays football but is not so good at studies .However her Math teacher observes her deftness in kicking and forces her to take up athletics, which makes her winner of Medals and soars her confidence and she feels she is loved by all, especially by her mother.   
Just one promise of a date by a young man if she comes third in her class in academics, recharges her zeal and she tops the school. This way she makes good friends and scoring good marks she joins in Sydenham College in Mumbai and starts her life in the hostel. Then the story of roommates, hostel food, the interests of sports and music, friendships with boys and the various phases of Gauri’s blossoming  into an independent individual is described in a true to life way. After the formal education her hunt for employment for being self dependent and her rendezvous with the male friends , chosing finally Zaid and his accepting his infidelity empowers her with extra confidence to take the right decision instead of sitting and cribbing about the male chauvinism and fate and destiny.
However through out her travails, God is with her. In Gauri Jayaram’s own words “I am grateful to God for the way he has planned my existence. The way he has allowed and continues to allow many people to touch my life on a regular basis, so I can do the things I am meant to do “ 
The narration is interesting and will not allow one to keep the book down till one knows the end. The characters Gauri’s  old parents, the importance given to her brother, her sister’s dependence on her, her friends Rima., Saiff, Gillian, Nicky, the motherly boss Kamala, Zaid’s sister, Suraj  are all finely depicted and indicate the essentiality of fellow human beings in moulding a character ( citizen) in this Society.
 “May you grow up to be bright , independent and happy young women, with the power to make India the country we want it to be” Gauri’s wishes to her daughters is a message and will apply to to all our betis( daughters). Thank you ,Gauri for the wonderful literary experience.
A short animated film on how Gauri Jayaram's 'Wise Enough to be Foolish' came about.
A big thanks to Jaico Publications for sending me this book for review.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Decoding the Indian Economy

(This blog post is written by Mr Mohamed Zeeshan, a junior in VIT University pursuing his Mechanical Engineering degree. He blogs at “What on Earth” and he write excellent blog posts on world affairs and various policy issues.) 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is heading into the sunset of his second term as the Head of Government in the world's largest democracy. Much like his first term, Dr. Singh's second term has been strewn with action and activity, and more than once, his government seemed to be on the verge of collapse. But unlike with his first term, public opinion today in young, urban India is decidedly against his seemingly passive nature. There seems little faith in the nation now in this once incredible economist of unparalleled intellect. People now believe that Dr. Singh's perceived 'silence' on matters of grave concern has let down the faith of the electorate and they aggressively want to see 'things get done'.
It's rather ironic that Dr. Singh's greatest adversaries today come from the field of economics - a subject he has mastered all his life. It is further ironic when you consider that the same people opposing him often laud him for having been the man who spectacularly turned the Indian economy on its head in the early 1990s when all seemed lost.
The trouble with economic reform is that it is seldom instantly effective. Quite often, economic ideology lasts no more than a generation and nations continuously evolve their policy outlook to suit the times. So is Dr. Singh then truly out of tune with the reigning times? Is he too old to have any further say on India's economic future? 
Turn back the years a bit - in the 1950s, as India liberated itself from the British Crown, Pandit Nehru unleashed a sweeping wave of socialism on the country. All things from factories to power stations, textile shops and grocery stores were state-controlled in one way or another. After the East India Company whitewashed the Indian people, private ownership came to be a taboo. Even the capitalist class themselves held that India's economy should be tightly in the hands of the government. Through the generations, however, courtesy of the educational institutions established during the Nehruvian era and the push for industrialization voiced by policy-makers, India went on to develop a much-hailed pool of professionals who worked as expatriates all over the world. Poverty, no less, continued to prevail and the menial worker had little or no employment. Parallel to that, the industrialist neither had the means nor the support to give him any. Then came Dr. Singh with his blueprint of Liberalization - opening the floodgates and letting the sea of capital in. What happened thereafter became part of modern Indian folklore - brands and products of all kinds flooded the Indian market overnight and the economy turned around as a new generation was born. 
Something else happened in the aftermath of Liberalization - as foreign capital flowed into India, jobs were created, causing widespread urbanization and rise in income. Although disparities between urban and rural remained (in fact, even widened), urbanization caused an evolution in manpower, exposing a new generation of poverty-stricken Indian children to a world of possibilities. The pool of professionals hence further expanded, causing a further increase in income. All these changes however have proven rather difficult to detect in a nation so vast and diverse. It then followed that the rise in income made the Indian market even more lucrative as Indians became increasingly consumerist - a process still in progress. But owing to India's still measly manufacturing power, the rise in consumption increased prices, causing inflation and even expanding the national fiscal deficit. Today, the Indian Rupee is in nosedive and prices are shooting up in the opposite direction. The nation is in debt and any debt in a country like India can be alarmingly dangerous. Where are we now headed?
The important thing to understand here is 'consumerism' - a trend introduced to the nation largely, if not solely, by Prime Minister Singh. Consumerism is a new word in Indian socio-economics. There has never been an Indian generation of middle class citizens in history that has matched the present one's ability and desire to splurge for a better way of life. In a sense, therefore, India seems headed down the path of the old time American economy. Owing to its larger population, however, India is capable of making the world want to sell to it more than America ever did. That would mean that imports would increase further as India's exporting capacity remains stagnant and abysmal. 
Nonetheless, consumerism isn't all bad. Through the ages in fact, one would find that the all-powerful superpower of the world has invariably been a consumerist society. Be it the Romans or the Greeks, the Europeans or the Americans, those with greater material desires have wielded economic influence the world over. This is not surprising when you realize that the consumer is often more powerful than the shopkeeper for without the consumer, there would be no shopkeeper. 
There is another more significant consequence of consumerism to come which will eventually expand India's manufacturing abilities like never before. The rise in demand will lead to fresh new homegrown entrepreneurs and corporate empires looking to cash in on the big splurge. This would put to greater employment India's human resources and also automatically lead to better control of prices through greater competition in the market. Competition further means invention and innovation of new products and technology (as was the case with post-Renaissance America), making the Indian market a far more lively one than any before.
Safe to say then that although the immediate times are immensely painful, Prime Minister Singh's free market economics may eventually deliver to India what its people have long fantasized - economic prosperity. But that's a long, long way down the line.
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Rule Your Destiny With ‘KEYS’

 Santosh Joshi, a life coach and a past life regression therapist, is here with “Keys” to a   successful, fulfilling and peaceful life for the human race  which is entrapped  in the rat race of modern times.
The book begins with the dialogue of the three parts of a personality- the past self, the present self and the future self. In the author’s own words “these three dimensions get disjointed with time because of unresolved issues of the past, or the fears, anxieties and insecurities of the future. Key to a successful life is in integrating these three dimensions of life into one”. The harmonious coexistence of these three dimensions of life will make one an Achiever.
The three keys that opens the gateway to Triumphant Life is the HLP principle—Healing the past, Living in the present and Planning for the future. The book will serve as a guide to achieve our dreams in life with proper and complete analysis of Self. 
Every Key is introduced in a verse form as well as elucidated with examples and instances from the normal daily life of a common man. Then there is an assignment/ test at the end of every key to self assess the status/ changed status and assimilation of the readers. 
In the chapters on the First Key- Healing the past, it is stated that we always have a choice to forgive and forget , as Forgiveness releases us from painful burdens and about making peace with own self , to let go and go on in life. Relieving and reliving through forgiveness, list making of things or persons bothering one and tearing or burning the list, courd cutting of the past, HOPE  Technique, spending time with children are some of the practical tools spelt out to heal the past . 
The  Second Key - Living in the present, explains that Present Moment is what life is all about, the purpose of life is different and unique for each one of us, once we know  our goal we must choose our path  courageously ,believe in our inner voice be happy and say Thank you as gratitude is direct road to Happiness. Some of the tools to live in the present are Observing the breath, face one’s fears, compile life’s list, laugh out loud, dance, lend a hand and  so on which are humanly possible to use and follow. 
The Third Key- Planning for the future expounds that Consistency, discipline and perseverance are essentials for success and one should be a Visionary and think ahead of time and be adaptable with the changing times, that fear will not touch us if we have faith in our own self, our abilities and in the Universe, cultivate relationships as they give us power and courage to face the rough phases and give back a healthy legacy for the next generation and Mother Earth or the community. Some of the tools  to plan the future are to make a bucket list of desires, learn a new skill, develop intuition meditate anfd help people.
Kudos to Sandip Joshi for his First creation, which is a wonderful, must read and must practice Book, as he has certainly written this after a lot of research and exchange of views. This has to be read and referred to regularly as we are creating a past continuously which would affect our present and future.
In Joshi’s convincing words” Be the Key in someone else’s life and push them ahead. Gift this book to those who really need it and be a reason for change in their life”.
This is what author himself has to tell about this book.

Thanks to Think Why Not for sending me this book for review.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Raghuram Rajan's Tryst with India's Destiny

(This article is written by Dr Anand V P Gurumoorthy Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at VIT University, Vellore Campus. The author has a PhD from IIT-Bombay and can be reached at anandg61@yahoo.com.) 
On August 10, 2012,. Raghuram G Rajan was appointed as Chief Economic Advisor of the Indian government. Rajan has had a stellar career thus far and is something of a hero in Indian circles – a local boy done the motherland proud. After an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from  Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, he  went on to do an PG-Diploma in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad (“I always was interested in finance and economics”). Then he moved to the US to complete a PhD in Management from MIT. He joined the Faculty in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he is now Eric Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance. He had a stint as Chief Economist at the IMF between 2003 and 2006.  His academic career must have been exemplary given that he won the inaugural Fischer Black prize awarded by the American Finance Association. He was also one of the very few who correctly predicted the 2008 financial crisis.
What does Raghuram Rajan stand for? What toolkit does he bring with him to fix the ailing Indian economy? Rajan is well known for his free-market capitalistic views. (Indeed, after his scathing criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government, it came as a surprise when he was selected for the top economic post.) How will his views fare in the socialist ethos that pervades India? Will Rajan be able to make an impact in Indian governance and improve the infrastructure of the Indian economic system?
A glimpse of his views can be had by a reading of his recently published books. The first one, co-authored with Luigi Zingales is Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists: Unleashing the Power of Financial Markets to Create Wealth and Spread Opportunity (2003). In this book, the authors develop the viewpoint that free markets are best suited to benefit human society and improve the human condition. Governments should have a limited intervention in free markets, otherwise they would be subjected to lobbying from various pressure groups (the capitalists) in taking decisions favoring those particular groups. The books advocates creating awareness and educating the public about the merits of free markets. While it is not a defense of laissez-faire capitalism, the book does set Rajan firmly among the free marketeers.
The next and more important book is Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten The World Economy (2010). This book won the prestigious FT-Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award for 2010. This book is an analysis of the state of the world economy in 2010 with special emphasis to the 2008 financial crisis that originated in the US. Rajan traces the roots of the 2008 crisis to the easy credit policies of the US government that led to the housing bubble. While greedy bankers had their role to play in the ensuing mess, they were behaving rationally to US government incentives. Rajan denounces the use of easy credit and other forms of aid to alleviate the lower income groups. As he points out, “Few ‘solutions’ hold more support and promise up front, and lead to more recrimination after the fact, than opening the spigot of lending. For poor countries there is a strong parallel with the past enthusiasm for foreign aid. Now we know that aid leads to dependency, indebtedness, and poor governance and rarely leads to growth.”
But Fault Lines is about more than just the 2008 crisis. It is a fundamental look at the imbalances in the world. In the current scenario, developing countries (like China) with current account surpluses are propping up the consumption in developed countries (like the US) with huge current account deficits. This is a highly unsustainable state of affairs. (The US is clamoring for the devaluation of the Chinese currency to solve the problem but the fault of high consumption in the US is hardly China’s.) Meanwhile developing countries need to wean themselves away from export dependence. But “[t]here is no natural, smooth and painless movement away from export dependence to becoming a balanced economy.”
Rajan has a lot to say about India in his book. On subsidies and easy loans, Rajan’s stand can be guessed at given the earlier discussion. But India is a country heavily invested in subsidies. A recent statistic shows that around 75 - 80 percent of all the tax revenues collected by the Indian government is diverted towards subsidies. Many in the government are waking up to the unsustainable nature of their policies but their hands are tied since it is these subsidies that have put them in power. A recent attempt at some preliminary reforms led to widespread protests from not only opposition parties but also coalition member parties.
With this attitude Rajan faces an uphill task. He has said in his first meeting with the media that the government should let the highly subsidized fuel prices to come up to international levels. Other alternatives (such as distortionary taxation of diesel vehicles) will not work in the long run. He has also suggested that prices of several goods like milk are outside our control and subsidizing all these goods is not advisable. It needs to be seen how these suggestions are received by the Indian public.
Rajan also makes a case for land reforms in his book. “In India,” he states, “…land rights are often poorly demarcated. In the poorest states, land and revenue records are not well maintained. Moreover, a number of communities, such as the tribal populations that are spread throughout India, do not have formal title to land but have been customary users of it over centuries.” A process has been initiated to sort out the issues but is sluggish. Says Rajan: “Reforms clarifying who owns what, and giving them full and clear title to the land will create a much more vigorous and liquid market for land transactions, and will smoothen the way for land acquisition that is necessary for the creation of infrastructure and for industrialization. Unfortunately, powerful interests who benefit from the murkiness of land rights oppose these reforms.”
Lest it be mistaken, Rajan is not a ruthless ideologist harping on a social Darwinist survival of the fittest. He states to be a pragmatist and his books show his genuine concern for the poor and the down-trodden. He is in favor of strengthening social safety nets such as providing unemployment insurance, medical care and pension schemes. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Indian government has recently taken steps to introduce 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in insurance and pension.
It remains to be seen how Rajan will succeed in implementing his reform policies in India. Clearly a tough commitment.
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Four Reasons Why I Blog Less These Days

I started blogging almost 9 years back. I started blogging to express my thoughts and interests with outside world. There was so many bloggers during that time and nine years down the line I see majority of them no longer blogs. All the blogs that I use to follow in 2005 is no longer active.
When I started writing blog posts I never thought I will go so far – over 500 blog posts with over 0.8 million page views in 9 years. There was a time I use to post over 12 posts in a month. But nowadays the frequency of my blogging has reduced drastically. I was asking myself the question – Why am I blogging less? Here is an attempt by me to answer this question to satisfy myself.
Social Media
When I started blogging, blog was the only media available for me to interact with the outside world. Now things have changed radically – there are so many social media outlets available for you to express your views. I can express my thoughts in a very crisp manner in Facebook and get to know the views of everyone in each nook and corner of the world which is not that easy with blogging. Now so many ideas that I use to blog earlier I use Facebook and Twitter; so the result is less ideas for blogging.
Interaction with students
During the time I use to blog a lot, my daily schedule was like – I go for work and comeback home, spend few hours with family; my interaction with people was very limited. Other than handful of people I interact in office, I hardly interacted with people. After joining VIT University in 2010, this pattern has changed especially in the last 18 months. Any given day I interact with at least 100 students in my office alone and I get lot of avenues to express my thoughts and thus the urge to blog has reduced a lot.
Talks and Lectures
After my return to India, I have travelled to the length and breadth of India to give talks on subjects varying from politics, economics, engineering, placements and of course my area of specialization – environmental engineering. I may soon been doing a lecture series in Middle-East on Engineering by the end of this year. Two talks a month is the minimum I do these days. Now the efforts I need to put to make these talks and lectures drain a lot of energy from me that I hardly get energized to blog. But these days I derive a lot of joy giving talks and I must say that I prefer talks to writing at this point of my life.
Reading
I use to read a lot of books earlier but somehow while doing PhD I slowly lost that good habit. I slowly started reviewing my reading habit after coming back to India and now I make it a point to indulge some quality time every day for reading. Again the time spend on reading reduces the space inside my mind for blogging.
Now where is my blog heading to? I have no intention to kill it as this blog has given me an identity in the outside world. I could interact with so many great people through my blog; learn so many things all because of my blog. Yes, frequency may be less, but I will surely be blogging!
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

This is what I read in 2013

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I have done this same exercise last year also - compiling the list of books I read in 2012. Here is the list for 2013. Will be updating this list as and when I finish reading the books.
Goal for this year - Read 30 books
Read till now - 17 books
August 2013 - India's Tryst With Destiny by Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya 
A good book to read, when the debate is going on everywhere about what income should be fixed for identifying people below poverty line. The authors narrate the steps to be taken in various fields to make India progress economically. 
Rating 8/10
August 2013 - The Land of the Seven Rivers by Sanjeev Sanyal
Here is the review of this book I wrote. Great book to know about India and its past
Rating 9/10
July 2013 - Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Before I started reading this book I had a feeling that I knew a lot about Steve Jobs but reading this book made me realize that I did not know much about this great man. Great book by a great author.
Rating 9.5/10
July 2013 - The Life of Mahatma Gandhi by Louis Fischer
The more I read about this man more I get amazed. This book truely reflects the life of Mahatma Gandhi, father of our nation.
Rating 8.5/10
June 2013 - India's Biggest Cover-Up by Anuj Dhar
What a book! I have heard so many stories about the death of Netaji and never believed it. But after reading this well researched book, I started having lot of questions in my mind - how did Netaji died. I recommend this book to each and everyone of you.
Rating 9.75/10
June 2013 - War Journey - Diary of a Tamil Tiger by Malaravan
This book is based on a diary recovered from an LTTE soldier who died fighting the Srilankan army in 1992. This short but sweet book narrates elegantly the life of Tamilians during the war time. Loved reading it.
Rating 8.5/10
June 2013 - The Dalai Lama A Biography by Patricia Cronin Marcello
Always wanted to read about his man and about Tibet. This book gives you a fair idea about all that Tibet has gone through and how Dalai Lama strive to arouse the conscience of the world against the brutality of Chinese communist regime.
Rating 7/10
June 2013 - Bal Thackeray and The Rise of Shiv Sena by Vaibhav Purandare
If you want to know about the complete story of Bal Thackeray then this is the book for you. This books shows you the various roles played by Bal Thackeray in shaping Shiv Sena. 
Rating 8.5/10
June 2013 - His Majesty's Opponent by Sugata Bose
The life of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who fought and died for India's independence -is beautifully narrated in this book written by his relative. This well researched book gives you the sacrifices Netaji had to undergo just to see his only goal in life - to see India free.
Rating 9/10
May 2013 - Before Memory Fades by Fali S Nariman
Autobiography of one of the best lawyer India has ever produced - Fali S Nariman; gives a glimpse into the functioning of Indian judiciary. This informative biography is a compulsory read for every Indian.
Rating 8/10
May 2013 - State of the Nation by Fali S Nariman
Another book by Fali S Nariman; deals with the present state of the nation in the context of Indian constitution; throws light into the issues facing our nation and some viable solutions.
Rating 8.5/10
April 2013 - The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
One of the best books I have read so far... The apt summary of this book is given by The Village Voice "The Shock Doctrine aims its 10 foot long middle finger at the Bush administration and generations of neocons who've chosen profits over people in war and disaster"
Rating 9.75/10
April 2013 - Matters of Discretion by I K Gujral
An autobiography by former Prime Minister of India I K Gujral. This book unfolds a deep insight into the political scene and roles played by a wide spectrum of Indian politicians... Enjoyed reading it...
Rating 8.5/10
April 2013 - Bihar Breakthrough - The Turnaround of a Beleaguered State by Rajesh Chakrabarti
This book narrates the tale of how Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar transformed the state with the help of few amazing officials. This book tells us that if we have a political will and good political leadership so much good can be done
Rating 8.5/10

March 2013 - Tony Blair and War on Terror by Con Coughlin
I have read so many books about war on terror under George Bush all written by American authors that looked from American angle. This book takes us through those period from the British angle. An engaging and fast paced book, I enjoyed every page of this one.
Rating 9/10
February 2013 - Chanakya's New Manifesto by Pavan K Varma
Thanks to Blogadda.com for sending me this book as part of their book review program. The author, a former IFS officer has given a detailed blueprint to resolve the crisis facing our nation. Being a student of Indian politics, I lived this book.
Rating 8.5/10
January 2013 - The Sanjay Story by Vinod Mehta
This book written gives you a glimpse of Sanjay Gandhi. The best part of this book is that author has tried to be very neutral and analyze the facts in front of him. This book was written when Sanjay was alive but it gives us a great insight into Indira Gandhi-Feroz Gandhi relationship and conduct of Gandhi family during emergency.
Rating 8/10
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

"Land of the Seven Rivers" – Understanding India through its Geographical Evolution

I normally read books while I travel when I have enough time in hand. Normally I read for couple of hours and dose off. I thought something similar when I opened this book “Land of theSeven Rivers” by economist turned writer Sanjeev Sanyal around 6:00 PM on my way to Trivandrum from Katpadi (14 hours of journey by train) and by 4:00 AM next day morning I was done with reading this book. Maybe in between I had taken a couple of half an hour breaks. It is filled with some amazing facts about India and the author has done some great research to bring out those facts.
The book starts with a dedication section “To Varun and Dhruv that they may know where they came from…” I must say that I now know better where I came from, my ancestors came from, where my culture originated, where my cities and villages originated from – just by reading this incredible book.
This book is organized into eight chapters and each chapter describes one era. First chapter narrates the formation of Indian subcontinent from one supercontinent called Rodinia, how human race started in India and who are our real ancestors. Comparing the gene mutation R1a1, the author tries to map the migration pattern of our ancestors.
We have read a lot about Harappa Civilization but reading the next chapter made me realize there are so many interesting facts that I never knew. River Saraswathi was the lifeline to this civilization and Sanyal shows us how the decline of this river finally ended that civilization. The author tries to connect the writings of Rig Veda with those of this time focusing on the mentioning of River Saraswathi in Rig Veda. This chapter describes about geography of India in the Bronze Age.
Next chapter talks about the Iron Age and how lions use to symbolize Indian power. Reading this chapter makes you feel that Ramayana and Mahabharata was something that happened just now as he goes back and forth comparing the historic places (where those epics were happening) to the present one. For example, he compares the North – South Axis where the Ramayana was happening and East – West Axis where Mahabharata was happening to the present Golden Quadrilateral network of roads is amazing. Invasion of India by Alexander the Great and how the geography of India fooled him in believing that Indus was River Nile are all beautifully recounted in this chapter. The creation of Mauryan Empire and how it defined the term Bharat for the first time is brilliantly narrated.
How Bharat as a nation prospered by engaging in trade with foreigners from West and East is narrated in the next chapter. This chapter reminds us of the influence India had on the world during that time. The creation of Gupta Empire and its influence form a part of this chapter. The advent of Islam and how it changed the geography of India is the main theme of the next chapter.
Chapter six talks about how Europeans discovered India – author explains how the Europeans made modern maps on India and the world which helped them to conquer India with ease. A charlatan book “The Travels” by Sir John Mandeville set many European sailors to set their site on discovering India and how Vasco da Gama was able to find and establish their presence in India forms a part of this chapter. How India got its final shape forms the remaining chapters.
The best part of this book – comparing the past events to present one; for example Sanyal while describing extinction of Harappa civilization reminds us of the earth quake that happened in Gujarat on 26th 2001, whose epicenter was not far from the major city – Dholavira of Harappa civilization. It really helped me as a reader to connect the past to present.
All I have to say to Sanjeev Sanyal after reading this book – “Thanks for letting me understand my roots as an Indian better”. Hope you come up with more books of the same genre. 
Thanks to Think Why Not for sending me this book for review.
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Saturday, August 03, 2013

Movie Kalimannu and Cultural Values

Kalimannu a movie written and directed by renowned Malayalam director Blessy has been in news for wrong reason. The controversy started with actual shooting of actress Swetha Menon’s (who plays the lead role in the movie) delivery. The director shot her delivery from a hospital in Mumbai where she was admitted.  The director, who has won so many awards for his previous movies, says that this movie is about relationship of the mother with her baby before and after it was born and shooting of the real delivery will add value to the movie.  Here is a very nice song from that movie that depicts the same thoughts.
Here is the trailer of the movie.

The news that an actual "delivery scene" is there in the movie sent shock waves across Kerala and people who take upon themselves the right to upload the so called “culture” and “Indian values” were up against this movie. They all wanted this movie to be banned. Now Blessy has completed the movie and he got U/A certificate. But now no theater is ready to show this movie for the same reason - presence of this scene.

All I have to say to those morons who are creating such drama – “GROW UP”. If an “actual delivery” is shot and shown, nothing is going to happen to our culture or values. You should just have  the sense to understand that it is just a movie.
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