'The other side of Bhagavat Gita' A thoroughly researched book with so many quotes from various books on Gita. The book clearly explains the time peri'The other side of Bhagavat Gita' A thoroughly researched book with so many quotes from various books on Gita. The book clearly explains the time period when the Gita added in to Mahabharata. Also the reasons behind it.
The main purpose of the book is to explain the Gita's purpose in endorsing the caste system which was affected in that period due to Buddha revolution. ...more
This is an biographical account of a mother's unsuccessful struggle to prove her son, who was convicted with death penalty, is innocent. The guy was aThis is an biographical account of a mother's unsuccessful struggle to prove her son, who was convicted with death penalty, is innocent. The guy was arrested among the many and convicted wrongly by CBI in Rajiv Gandhi murder case.
This is a must read to know how all these people arrested just for knowing the people who killed Rajiv and not actually known or participated in it.
It is very disturbing to read the mother's feelings, having the son behind the bars expecting the death penalty for past 21 years (he was arrested at the age of 19) and hoping somehow he will get released. ...more
Socialism is something that is being touted as the way to achieve a utopian society for more than a century by a lot more intellects. When you read abSocialism is something that is being touted as the way to achieve a utopian society for more than a century by a lot more intellects. When you read about the socialism and its principles, it is very easy to accept all unless if you are blinded by the ‘faith of God’ or you are one of the capitalist. Then why did the world embraced the socialism even after more than hundred years? George Orwell tried to address it in this book. He starts with the status of working class and the difficulties in forcing out the class differences. Then he comes slowly to the socialism part and why it is finding itself difficult to be accepted by the majority.
Though the book was written in a totally different period (1930s) most of the things are, sadly, valid even now. I had never been to Britain and I don’t know the status of the working class there now. But I could compare it with the things I know in India and there are not many differences. First the status of working class and thought about them by the middle class people. They want to be aligned more with oppressing high class than with the working class. This is one of the important factors Orwell explains as the reason for socialism did not get well with the middle class.
Even now the situation did not get changed much. We can see a lot of people being underpaid for the effort they put in for the work. There are farmers, miners and lot of other workers who are being paid less than they deserve. The situation is not very great in middle class as well. Except few jobs there are teachers, clerks, in some cases engineers are being paid peanuts for the jobs they do. They stick to their jobs simply because they don’t want to beg (In fact, Beggars earn more than many of these people). But these middle class people who earn same or in some cases lesser than those workers, don’t want to be put in the same level of workers.
Orwell says not to force the class demolition as it would scare off middle class people and make then align with the oppressing class even more easily. Once the working class economically developed the class differences would be faded away, is the idea he puts up to pull the middle class people towards the socialism.
In western countries the problem ends there itself. But when it comes to India more than the economic class there is another big hurdle to be tackled by the socialists. That is the caste. Contrary to what I said in the above para, the middle class people would prefer to be aligned with the working class than to another middle class person when the other middle class person is of some low caste. By adopting the socialism we can ensure the economic equality but it will not be a complete one unless the caste barriers are thrown away. Unfortunately there is nothing about this in the book as, I think, it was not valid in England.
And I completely agree with Orwell on the part where he explains the socialism being not liked because of the socialists. Even in the current day, if I speak/blog about the socialism the first opposition would come from a socialist saying, ‘being an IT professional, how you can talk about the socialism?’ This kind of opposition would get them no one from middle-class which contained a lot of people in the similar kind of jobs.
Having said that, I am in a kind of dilemma on Orwell’s views when he says on the socialist leaders are not from the working class. He says most of them are either learned intellects or the converted middle class people who no more represents the working class. Though some holds truth, we cannot say the leaders from upper-middle-class or middle-class will not be able to help the poor to come up in the society. You definitely need some learned person to explain how this will work to the people, the working class and poor, who don’t know much about it.
The book was written when the fascism tried to spread its wings across the world. Orwell tried to explain it was important to adopt socialism otherwise fascism will occupy its place. And he explained why socialism is better than fascism. I was slightly disappointed at this though I know the intention was to pull the people to socialism from the blinds of capitalism. There were not many points he puts out against capitalism. He compared more about the fascism and socialism. It was like concentrating on the deadlier enemy and got killed by another one.
All said, this is one of the wonderful book if you want to know why such a highly praised socialism couldn’t succeed in itself. Also the book talks a lot about the working class people and their state in 1930 Britain which are very well covered by Orwell himself being with them for months. I liked the flow of the book. He started with the details of the livelihood of miners and other industrial area people, then he addressed the issue of demolishing the class difference, why socialism being opposed by middle-class and finally why socialism is the only choice available. ...more
Very well written book. I feel it is very important in a non-fiction that the author is not judgmental. Asne just did that. She just stand aside and lVery well written book. I feel it is very important in a non-fiction that the author is not judgmental. Asne just did that. She just stand aside and let the people in the book speak about their lives and let the readers to have their own views of each person rather than telling what she felt on these people.
I felt like reading inter-linked short stories rather than reading a full book as each chapter describes a different event in one of the family members’ life.
When I picked the book inspired by the title (a Bookseller from the country where book reading gone under various restrictions first by Soviet then by Taliban, it is always interesting read about the bookseller), I expected more of those political changes that affected people’s reading. But it was a totally different genre. This book dealt with the lives of various family members of the bookseller. However I was not disappointed thanks to superb narration by the author....more
A great read as the previous installments of this series. While the previous two books dealt with Prabhakaran and his interview by the author, 'Oru PoA great read as the previous installments of this series. While the previous two books dealt with Prabhakaran and his interview by the author, 'Oru Poraaliyin Kaditham' (The Letter of a Rebel) deals with conversations both phone and mails of LTTE soldiers. This books shows how much involved these guys are for the freedom of their country and people. ...more
Another tamil-non-fiction-about-eelam-freedom-struggle.. Another great read.
This book covers most of Prabhakaran's interview by the author. PesukirarAnother tamil-non-fiction-about-eelam-freedom-struggle.. Another great read.
This book covers most of Prabhakaran's interview by the author. Pesukirar Prabhakaran (Prabhakaran Speaking), is a book that would make even his enemies like him by knowing the greatness of a leader he was.
I really hope someone would translate this series so that non-tamils would understand one of the great leader ever lived.. ...more
Wish this book would be translated so that the non-tamils would understand the sufferings of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. At least after reading this bookWish this book would be translated so that the non-tamils would understand the sufferings of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. At least after reading this book, the people who are telling the Tamils are suffering because they killed bloody Rajiv Gandhi would come to know it has nothing to do with that traitor, it's about humanity. ...more
Fever pitch was an autobiographical account of an obsessive Arsenal fan whose happiness, sadness and everything depend on Arsenal’s success or failureFever pitch was an autobiographical account of an obsessive Arsenal fan whose happiness, sadness and everything depend on Arsenal’s success or failure.
Most of us, Indian football fans, started watching English football from around 1996. That is the time when ESPN start telecasting one or two matches per weekend. That too most of them were United and Liverpool games. This is why India has lot of fans from these two clubs.
For the guys like me, who started around 2003/04 season, Arsenal was all. The invincible team on a great football ground (First renovated Highbury, then world class Emirates) with great players likes of Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira. We don’t know the past. The period when the dying on the football ground due to hooliganism, wall collapse and lot more reasons.
This book explains a lot about that period which most of us do not know. We always habituated to imagine foreign stadiums are like this from start. No issues of spectator safety and comfort would have ever risen. If you are the person who always complains about quality of Indian stadiums, please read this book. In a country like UK, the stadiums should need more than 100 years to get improved; our stadiums are new and are in the process of improving. It will happen in time, so stop complaining.
The best thing about this book was that this was written in the view of a fan. I could relate to lot of things like planning the outings and parties so that it would not affect him watching the matches, grumbling about the match whenever the team through away the lead and losing, we all do , don’t we?
The main part of the book is the 17 year trophy deficit until they won the league cup on 1987. The irony is now we are in the deficit of 6 years. So I could understand his feelings when he explains the joy he felt when the team won the league.
Also when Hornby explains his feelings after the team lost to Swindon in the cup final, I could relate it with the loss we suffered in the league cup final this year to the relegated Birmingham. Fever pitch, another great non-fiction book I have read this year. If you are a football fan and following English Football for quite some time, this is a good read irrespective of whichever club you are. This book gives us lot of information that we would not possibly known from the period starting 1968 till 1991. If you are a Gunner’s fan, ‘Man, come on this is a book by one of us’.