Yet another brilliant work from Amish. Finished in two days. The book is about 188 pages and has four sections- Religion & Mythology, Social issues, History and Musings. Mostly I liked the Religion and mythology section. But others are worth reading. He connects with readers very easily and I somehow end up agreeing with him. 😃😃. Looking forward to Raavan- The orphan of Aryavarta now.
Between scion of ikshvaku n warrior of mithila, there has been many overlapping narrative. While this can be need to connect dots, it sounded repetitive. Similarly, here as well, many articles/speeches had overlapping thoughts. While that's something expected of multiple articles/speeches, such repetition in complication made an otherwise amazing book, boring.
I enjoyed Shiva Trilogy a lot and RamChandra Series was also good. As I heard Amish is writing a non-fiction book. I was very much excited to read it. I had a lot of expectations from Amish and he has fulfilled every expectation. Waiting for your more non-fiction books.
Yunan-o-Misr-o Roma sab mit gaye jahan se.Ab tak magar hai baki naam-o-nishan hamara,Kuch baat hai ke hasti mi’ti nahin hamari Sadiyon raha hai dushman dau-a –zamana hamara –Iqbal
With this verse of one of the greatest poet of India, Amish kick starts his book. Amish is one of the most popular and best–selling authors of India. He ignited one whole generation of youth to take interest and read ancient Indian mythology through his Shiva Trilogy and Ramchandra Series.
This is his first non-fiction book. In this book, which consists of his articles printed in media and speeches given at various events, he has written some fabulous pieces on Indian heritage and history and their relevance in today’s India. He also touches some current delicate issues prevailing in India. He attacks on them but wordings are not harsh and severe to be offended. That shows his persona of truly sensible and knowledgeable being.
The book is divided into four parts 1) Religion & Mythology 2) Social Issues 3) History 4) Musings.
He discusses various religious, historical and social issues in depth. The topics ranging from religious and liberalism to caste-ism to myth of Aryan invasion theory and reality of invasion of India by British colony is wide enough spectrum in itself .One can see clarity of his thoughts on each and every issue. The language and flow of narration is very simple and lucid to understand.
I am agnostic as far as organized religions are concern. But I appreciate his take on religious beliefs. He loves and worships Lord Shiva but he is more liberal towards other religions than those pseudo-liberal seculars I have read. Further, his knowing of swadhrama is totally as per my knowing!(Great minds alike!!hehe!!)
His genuine concern over girls killing in womb is heart touching. According to the book, around 5,00,000 female fetuses are illegally aborted every year. This single issue needs urgent address above all religious, political, economical problems. Sadly,it is not vote-bankable enogh issue to consider as ‘genuine concern’.
I loved his definition of a rebel .He lives by that. In his words, a true rebel is:
“When you study the subjects that you want to, rather than what you are told to, it is healthy rebellion. When you start your own company and succeed, regardless of the naysayers, that too is rebellion. When you work hard and make your own living, rather than live off the money inherited from your parents, it is rebellion laced with self-respcet. When you marry the person you love, regardless of religious or community divides,it is the most beautiful rebellion. The root of all creativity is rebellion.”(Page-126)
In the end part, he talks about his journey from banker to full time writer, his son and women of his life,which is very heart warming and inspiring.
Overall, it’s nice, fresh read to know Amish and his musings on his favorite subjects.It also provides as a healthy starter to read non-fiction literature.
I wish it gets read more by black heads than grey and flat!