An interesting one. Not much about their business but of course mostly about their life stories(as the name of the book suggest) starting from strugglAn interesting one. Not much about their business but of course mostly about their life stories(as the name of the book suggest) starting from struggling to the ownership of their large empire. It's an easy reading. You should not expect much about their theories or suggestions about business or to you, still this book contains some days of their past which morphed them, feed them those qualities and value system and made them stand firmly as time came. And peter Church quiet beautifully portrayed those events.
Most of the stories started with join families, the family business and at the same time the differences that are used to there in family business. Some profiles have mentioned how to overcome those obstacles. So in that sense I can say it's good book to read. Some of my thoughts after reading their stories
The whole book is about 30 Indian business leaders. Mostly if you'll ask me I liked the story of Captain GR Gopinath owner of Decan Airlines. The way he defined his survival instinct and his thoughts on life it's really an inspiring one.
Subash Menon: A man who defines his goal and at the same time boundary too.
CK Ranganathan: Learning and at the same time have a courage and understanding to apply them is the only way to get success. So whatever you want you can learn if you really believe in so.
Vijaypath Singhania: Importance of love and family over money, business and individual career.
Prof. M.S. Swaminathan: "Father of Green Revolution" in India. Giving back to society and mankind whatever you have gained from here.
Kiran Mazumdar: Stand for equality
NR Narayana Murthy: Hardwork, vision and self independent with respect for others.
GVK Reddy: A rebellion can bring a change
And a thought that is still reverberating inside my mind.
"When a body is tired and feels no pain, when a mind is so much exhausted that feels no anguish then something beyond mind and body maked you endure the journey which you have embarked upon." ~The Gita ...more
Believe me the difference between them(Maoist) and us(Social and educated people) is just the edge of a knife or in my words you can say there is no d Believe me the difference between them(Maoist) and us(Social and educated people) is just the edge of a knife or in my words you can say there is no difference. The fact is they are ready to die and ready to fight back using solid weapons against negligence of the society or any government towards them. At the same time we are not ready to die(We believe in health and wealth) but yes, we are ready to fight back with a single statement "This society and politicians of this country, both are not going to change." It's our own mode of weapon. So tell me now, who is the actual man and powerful in this battle? Anyway who cares, both group are fighting back. So that matters and by the way we have belief in Gandhian's way and we belong to a peaceful society.
Let's discuss about our richest, wealthiest, brightest, cleanest, whitest, glittering, shinny people who believe in capitalism and imperialism, who decide the course of their business and life(sometime) from their toilet room itself with a newspaper in their hand, a paper which always and almost reflect the result of their actions. They(excluding few) never waste their time to think about how to oppress a group to take a leap. But my teacher once told me that people who never waste their time, they always get success and society respect them. So let's respect with a bowing head before them and leave the matter here itself because they deserve it.
Now it's time to talk about us, the real catalyst of this shinny India. If you are thinking like I am just vaguely criticizing you having no faults then just come out of your rectangular door and look outside. You'll find thousands of unknown faces around you working day and night like an animal on barren and denuded field, so that after some days that ugly bald land will be covered by an exquisite building having it's own door semi-curved so that it'll look more attractive to you. And we can triumph as India is developing and shining. And don't think that they are not happy with your vivid imagination of making this nation and world peaceful and beautiful. But the way their cheering is also different as their way of protest. So when they returned after a long day of work to their home and their own life which is in chaos(starting from life to physical objects in their home), they cheer your victory with drinking Mahua, which make their life ordered than us also. When I was writing this review I heard that just now 23 people declared dead in UP, because of poisonous wine. I think they had a very aggressive imagination to make their life more ordered compare to others.
And in the end, our Government or the savior or the protector of our Constitution. They are working really hard day and night(But more at night. Because in dark you can achieve more) to take our nation in the path of growth, to take catalysts of this nation in the path development and prosperity and sometime take themselves in a different path(No one knows which one and from where it starts. It's a little bit secret) with the help of the richest of this nation. But it's not objectionable. Because everyone has in this country right to grow individually.
But I am not sure about one cluster of people, who does not come under any category, whether it's maoist, richest, catalysts, or Government servants(Social servants). NOn of them. What I know is they are staying in slums, eating once a day, having no clothes to wear and living a filthy life. You can recognize them easily around you conditioned that you should have a subtle mind. Just ask them what they are doing not what they are thinking about others(It's a news reporter question) and let me know also.
Coming to the book's content I'll divide it in three parts. First one the Finance minister's game. It'll help you to increase your general knowledge including awareness. Second one an author's adventurous expedition in a new armed land. Yes there something here you can learn also(I really mean it). And the last one a critique section which will block your mind. You'll lose your belief almost from everything and will find yourself as a guilt person who should be behind bars now. If you belong to those richest and shinny cluster then it's too difficult to digest.
'They were dancing behind the doors.' And then suddenly three guys opened the door and started to peek inside the room. The first one told the others,'They were dancing behind the doors.' And then suddenly three guys opened the door and started to peek inside the room. The first one told the others, 'Hey! Check out how these beautiful girls are dancing. Let's enjoy it.' And then the second one said with a little bit of hesitantly, "Guys!!! It's a sin. I cannot believe who is allowing these girls to defy our society and culture. They should always be left behind these closed doors forever." After 10 minutes the third guy who was listening both of his friends came out with a great and a brave solution. He said, "You both are correct. So let finish this business here itself. Take your time to enjoy them first. Then bring some bullets. We'll shoot them so this sin will be erased forever. "
Ah! What a solution. We should be obliged to these three guys, I mean these three characters. Sorry I was little bit wrong here. The truth is our soul is already divided into three parts and holding each character in a very significant manner. We should not be ashamed for that and we should not regret also. I mean 'Why should we?' Because somewhere I read human should be truth to their inner voice. I don't know why by just adding these two letters 'Hu' before 'Man', it seems to feel very strange like I am carrying a burden of a whole new creature on this earth who have a heart, feelings, compassion, hope, belief, love and so on...Who can feel the pain and happiness in a different manner not like us . We are just 'Man' not the 'Hu-man'. If you are feeling in the same way, so let's erase these two letters together(either using bullets or an eraser)which is following us anywhere we want to go like a burden on our shoulder and like it is questioning our existence . Sorry!!! I again went wrong. I should not use these words 'Feelings' and 'Together' or 'Respect'. They do not belong to us.
This is our burgeoning society which is flourishing by our thoughts and our culture and indispensably by our religion. We should stamp out every ideas who will stand against us. Why only ideas? Let's go and frighten those 'Humans' who is not following our values as a 'Man'(The values of hatred, The values of frustration, The values of violence, Those values which stand against the God against humanity). If still they will not stop then just slay them either with a bullet or a sword. It's your choice which one you are going to choose but make sure you are doing it. Don't show your mercy upon any girls or women or kids or children. They are useless 'Common Nouns' as my grammar book taught me. After all there is no resemblance between those words and 'Man'. Don't spare anyone who is questioning our existence. After all we are the 'MAN'. And it's a matter of a shame that my life started from a womb, which was carried by a woman.
And who said we are in the state of ignorance or uneducated. When we look ourselves in front of the mirror, having a gun in one hand and face covered by a black mask or turban(Here I want to confirm you about one thing. It's not like my face is horrible or something else , it's because you people will feel strange after looking at me. You'll start to ask yourselves how this man looks so much different from us though he shares the same attributes as every human body have) we never have felt in that way. But it's unfortunate that our point of views and their point of views(People so called human) are different. Anyway that doesn't matter. You have your pen and we have our gun. You have a hope of better and brighter tomorrow morning then we will come with our darkness to fight with your brightness. Let's see who will win(though we lost from a small girl).
(I am a strong believer of humanity and mankind but for the first time I felt why that big bang happen and the life evolved out of them. Though mankind is the greatest gift of God to this universe which should be taken care of and existed forever but sometime my soul is also asking to my brain is it really needed !...if we want war, hatred and violence only. Still if the big-bang can create and shape a life, then I believe people like you, me and MALALA will corroborate this fact that yes, it should exist with love, care, friendship, humanity, dignity, hope and dream.) ...more
The best thing about any book is it represents an idea and a thought of a person. You have to believe that whenever you'll start a book you'll find seThe best thing about any book is it represents an idea and a thought of a person. You have to believe that whenever you'll start a book you'll find seeds(that very idea or thought), those sowed by someone else (author). As you turn each page ,those seeds will take their shape and start to grow. And slowly they will become trees. They will teach you, make you learn, help you to discover a shaded part of your inner self and give you knowledge, information and emotion, which will always remain with you after turning the last page of that book also. Sometime you'll accept them and sometimes you can't.
But I regret to say that everything was missing in this book. The book cover page is so much interesting that it just pulled me to finish it. But it was so much boring that, I took almost one month to finish it. There is nothing in this book about which I should appreciate. Beginning was okay. But then it was looked like someone was forcing me to read a story. The character of Girish is totally confusing. And ending was really disturbing for me. I can't understand why author picked up such type of ending of a story. In the middle he just showed the countless faults of our society, marriage life, job, country and many more. ...more
A single word having a beautiful meaning, the second one points to something else, third one having full of rages and aggression, fourth one having soA single word having a beautiful meaning, the second one points to something else, third one having full of rages and aggression, fourth one having some hidden ideology and then fifth, sixth and so on....When all these words stitch together which formed a single line, it just represent the thought or the idea of a single person and that thought never occur to anyone else in the whole universe. It's strike to that particular person only and no one else. When we put all those lines on a single paper having a beautiful aroma, we call it a page. Then binding all those pages with a single thread such as we don't want those thoughts or ideology of that specific person never leave those pages ever, we call it a Book.
We can erase words, cut lines, tear pages, burn those books but can't touch those ideas, can not destroy those thoughts. We can't stop them from flowing from mind to mind, from heart to another one so swiftly. It's just like a cool breeze having a beautiful chorus, with many fragrances whirling around a bridge and touching every passer-by passing through it. So instead of limiting them, restricting them and burning them we should let it flow, we should learn those thoughts and ideas which take ages to frame them in a single word, in a single sentence, in a single page or in a single book.
Of course fire can burn and it can hurt somebody."It's real beauty is it can destroy responsibilities and consequences." but at the other end "Fire is bright and fire is clear" Sometime it represents the calmness and bring light for others in the darkness by burning itself whenever we will lit a candle. We can frightened people using this but we can't suppress their thoughts in it. Because one day it's going to return to us only.
In Fahrenheit 451, author reflects a society "Which controls people through media and anti-censorship; by controlling their thoughts, ideology and individualism. Here the concept of fireman is changed, which is not used for preventing fire or put the fire out anymore but to burn books. Books are burnt not because they state something which is against the laws, but because of when someone will read them, they will generate their own individual thoughts towards society, towards their present circumstances and they may realize the reality. When they will come out of their house having their own ideology and thoughts about something and discuss it with others, it may create confusion...from confusion to ambiguity...from ambiguity to difference...from difference to conflict...and from conflict to unhappiness. So it's better to cut them all up. There should be no books- So people don't have to realize from their past, no need to anticipate the future, no need to ponder about any thoughts which will make them unhappy. There should be no porch or garden or lawn- So that people can't sit together and started to think or discuss. No one can walk alone. No one is allowed to think about the meaning of things. No one should be there to lead or follow. If there is anyone then eliminate them. Everyone will be the reflects of others. So there would be no differences and conflicts. And in that way people will be more happy because of equality. Here society rejects individualism and outlaw it."
A man's heart is a wretched, wretched thing Mariam. It's not like mother's womb. It won't bleed, it won't stretch to make a room for you.
So around thA man's heart is a wretched, wretched thing Mariam. It's not like mother's womb. It won't bleed, it won't stretch to make a room for you.
So around these wretched thing, Mariam's life took a shape. A life where she was treated as an unwanted thing and a sign of sin. It's a life where she had no rights to claim for love, family, home, acceptance like others. And in this educated society, people use a very specific word to distinguish and draw a line between 'Things' like Mariam and them.- It's Harami or Bastard
If I would like to describe Mariam in one word, then it would be Hope. Starting from her eagerness to her suffering, from her aggression to her calmness, from beginning till the end of her life, she never left her hope. Though sometimes she stumbled on her way, but never stopped. Each step she put on a new road, with a wish of better life impressed me a lot. And this was the best part of this book.
Blessed is he in worse hand is the kingdom, and He who has power over all things,who created death and life that he may try you.
Coming to Laila, a small little girl who never faced harassed part of life except love. As fate showed its cursed face to her for the first time, life around her got changed. The way both Laila and Mariam's made a way out of all hindrance and sufferings, accurately depicted by author. End part of this book tells about Afghanistan under Taliban. You can get an acute angle of how much people have suffered and what they had lost under Taliban's rule and afterwards how the change came up. It's really eye opening for everyone.
Laila watches Mariam glue strands of yarn onto her doll's head. In a few years, this little girl will be a woman who will make small demands on life, who will never burden others, who will never let on that she too had sorrows, disappointments, dreams that have been ridiculed. A woman who will be like a rock in a riverbed, enduring without complaint, her grace not sullied but shaped by the turbulence that washes over her. Already Laila sees something behind this young girl's eyes, something deep in her core, that neither Rasheed nor the Taliban will be able to break. something as hard and unyielding as a block of limestone. Something that, in the end, will be her undoing and Laila's salvation. The little girl looks up. Puts the doll down. Smiles
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls - Saeb-e-Tabrizi(17th century Persian poet)...more
For me this book is mixture of thrillers, some good punching lines, little bit philosophical, a message to the human society and full of mind blowingFor me this book is mixture of thrillers, some good punching lines, little bit philosophical, a message to the human society and full of mind blowing actions. There is no doubt that author is deserving a great round of applause for this book as a debutant. It was a completely different story. The use of words, the way he describe all those thrillers and actions are really awesome. Some of those philosophical lines and humours are also really good. I would like to appreciate him for the climax. It was the best part of the book for me.
But somewhere the story was not that much strong for me. Except Katy and Billy all characters are too much boring. The cover page of the book is little dull. But I would like to read his next book where story will have a more impact than dialogues....more
I would like to say, this short story book “Sweet and Sour-1” reflects the sweetness, joy, love, hate sorrows, sadness, pain, emptiness and anxiety thI would like to say, this short story book “Sweet and Sour-1” reflects the sweetness, joy, love, hate sorrows, sadness, pain, emptiness and anxiety that are dissolved in every relationship. The book contained all total ten short stories and each one is different from others capturing a new aspect of human emotions and their relationships.
I liked Lakshmi’s writing especially because though we face and feel these emotions in our day to day life and in our relationships we never have that much of time to ponder on them in this fast moving world. But someone like Lakshmi is always ready to seize those moments and emotions by her beautiful thoughts and narrate them through beautiful stories that will touch your heart and mind. Every story of this book is confided with a strong message to our society. The language and the words that convey those messages are so simple that I am sure that you can’t put down this book until and unless you finish it.
I especially enjoyed the stories “Herculean task”, “Achu’s Mumbai Aunt” and “A forgotten birthday” a lot. Where the first one brought a smile on my face, at the same time the last two ones are very sweet stories about a little boy and a married woman respectively. “Sweet revenge”, “The reborn daughter” and “The river flows forward” touched my heart. I hope the author will continue to reveal the secrets of human relationships through her writing like this. ...more
"There is no such thing as loneliness. There is only the idea of loneliness."
This is a fantastic book"Nothing lasts forever, and nothing ever ends"
"There is no such thing as loneliness. There is only the idea of loneliness."
This is a fantastic book. I'll not hesitate to finish up this book with a 6 or 7 star. The beginning, the climax, the romance, the emotions...just everything clenched my heart from starting to the end. I'd like to say that M.pierce is so much gifted that after reading few pages of this book, I am almost sure that you are going to be fan of this author and his writing style.
The starting is dazzling and there are so much intense passion in each sensual scene, that I was just affected. It all stated with with two strangers - 'Matt' and 'Hannah'. I liked both the characters. One was dominating and other one liked to be dominated. One was fiery and other one liked to be melted and dissolved. And when both of them just came out of their restricted world by breaking their own rules and leaving all fears then the fire just burned taking the shape of passion, and passion converted into aggression, which filled both of them with intense desire for each other.
"So it is possible to love a stranger"
It was Matt, who was little bit emotional from his childhood. I think his feeling of insecurity(about his life,as an author, about Hannah) always led him in the wrong direction. His thoughts about life was 'Life is sad'. These insecure feelings always dragged him towards a dark path and he confined these thoughts with himself only. Only Hannah was there with whom he could opened up himself and shared his thoughts. But again the very thought of losing Hannah, made him a liar.
"Yes. Their loss was very hard on Matt. He was young. Old enough to remember them, too young to really understand. I still don't think he understands. He feels pain like no one I have ever known, and always has. He's such an emotional creature."
But against Matt's character Hannah passionately loved Matt, for his voice, his writing, his wit and everything about him. She just wanted to dissolve herself with Matt...only Matt.
Contained within his sentences, coded in his words, was the man I loved and all the secrets he'd kept from me. Reading the books was like hearing his voice. His wit, his sarcasm, his mercurial moods, and then his unusual, forlorn wisdom— it was all there.
According to me, their relationship was not based upon lies. Actually it was their passion of love for each other, Matt's feelings of insecurity about Hannah and Hannah's desire for Matt's sensual touch never let them express their own situations.
The climax was enthralling. When the truth of Matt just burst a void was created in their relationship. It was the void of insecurity, void of fear for losing one another. So just read this book, whether Matt and Hannah can overcame their fear and whether their fiery and strong desire for each other will withstand again.
If I had wondered at Matt's agony in the cabin in Geneva, now I knew. For him, the loss of me was a presence... ... a hole in his life that should not be filled. It was over, and it could not be over because he could not forget. She would become all that emptiness. In that, there was a comfort. Nothing lasts forever, and nothing ever ends.
Now I am just eagerly waiting the second copy of this trilogy. ...more
Naxalbari movement. The movement was started from a small village named Naxalbari, for bringing equality in society. It was a rebel against the upperNaxalbari movement. The movement was started from a small village named Naxalbari, for bringing equality in society. It was a rebel against the upper class of society by peasant farmers who were the supporters of Marx,Lenin and Mao.
Though their agitation and demonstration against Government and rich people of society got failed, but it changed the future of West Bengal and as well as India and left us with many unanswered questions. We can pretend to forget them but can't neglect them completely. Gandhiji had a dream of an independent India. A country where every people will have equal rights on education, where people will have all the freedom to take decisions on their future, where law is same for everyone instead of their status in society, and a land where each person has the same rights for living on it with dignity and dying on it proudly. Though his dream was fulfilled 60 years ago, but could each of us still say that we are completely independent in our life. And this question is still difficult to answer.
In every civilization & society there will be always a gap on the basis of life style, property, thinking, culture and status. From my point of view we can never fill those gaps completely. Sometime those differences will bring a healthy competition and some time it'll be the source of anger, rage, rebel and demonstrations. if we'll use our force to demolish them, the it'll burst out like a fire storm. And it'll always insist people like Udayan to rise up against society and choose a path of violence which is going to damage both side at end. And It'll force every land to bow it's head low in shame because of losing a son like Udayan as the Lowland did. ...more
If there is anything that I would like to appreciate about this book, then it'll be it's cover page and the writing style of the author. I'll chose the cover page because it's colorful with a beautiful yellowish moon. And then coming to the writing style, I was pretty much impressed as this is Nichola's debut novel. But the story line never touched me.
"A contemporary twist on a classic story of forbidden love, set in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia."
Each time I turned a page, I just scratched my head to find out how much this above sentence can be considered as a valid remark for this story. But to my surprise, I didn't found any contemporary twist or any type of love from any character except Aryanti but yes, the word 'forbidden' some how made a sense to me the way Nichola pictured Indonesia.
Forbid to choose your own style Forbid to choose your own dresses, the way you like to dress Forbid to show your face Forbid to reply men for their disgraceful comments, because you are women Forbid to have sex before job and marriage Forbid to improve Forbid to change yourself for a good cause Forbid to drink Forbid to eat...I can't reminisced how many forbid rules I just found out through this book but very much sure that there are many more.
Now coming to the characters, the whole story revolved around Victoria(Vic), Aryanti and Fajal. So starting with Victoria, one disaffected Australian woman who visited Indonesia as an English teacher and traveller and traveling was her major priority. But her character clearly showed that she was a manipulative and egotistic person who liked to manipulate anything stating from her relations to others culture in her favor. It's not that she was wrong. On factual basis she was almost right but she never tried to find out the reasons behind all those vague rules or the behavior of people in that new country. She just observed them, their crazy life style, their behavior,the nasty environment and moved on with agitation and frustration like many more.
And in the same way she also reacted towards Fajal. There was nothing else in between Vic and Fajal, a local boy except physical relationship. I was suspicious about naming this relationship as a forbidden love. Why?? When Vic was much more concern about what her neighbors would react towards a south-east Asian boy when they got married and she was damn sure Fajal would also never agree then how could you say that there is something like love in between them. Vic was lonely because of her manipulative character and stubborn nature and Fajal was a young curious aggressive man who belongs to a society where 'forbid' was the first word they would like to chant. And fortunately they met.
Rather I liked the character, Aryanti. She was uneducated but firm, balanced, positive and responsive. She was much more sure about her future considering Fajal. She may be hurt but never moved away from Fajal for society's curses because her husband had already slept with an English woman.
As I have already said, I didn't found any kind of twist in this story.
Some lines of this book, that'll always blink in my mind and I liked them most -
At one stage Vic comments about Fajar, 'It is only youth that can outshine poverty.' As Fajar comments, 'The beginning of change is a narrow lane way that opens like magic onto a large field of rice.'...more