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About the Author
Subrata Roy Sahara [born 1948] popularly known as 'Saharasri', is one of the most successful and talked about figures of corporate India. When he laid the foundation of Sahara India Pariwar in 1978 with a capital of `2,000 (about US$32) and 3 workers, who would have imagined his company’s meteoric rise to an asset base (both movable and immovable assets) worth `1,73,000 crore (about US$26 billion) within a span of just thirty–eight years!
Think with Me: Fundamentals for making our country ideal, is his second book in the ‘Thoughts from Tihar’ trilogy. The first book ‘Life Mantras’ was a National Bestseller after its launch in February 2016. The book secured the No. 1 position twice in the non-fiction genre and also remained in the top 5 best-selling books across India for 7 continuous weeks. A teacher, guide and a proud guardian to his over 1.2 million fellow workers, he ascribes his success to his philosophy of ‘Collective Materialism’ which means continuous collective growth for collective sharing and caring.
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“ For the people of this nation, as far as possible, uniformity should be brought about in the ways of living and in the customs and conventions. In the name of religion the primary duty of everyone must be to work towards national interest.”
Published by Rupa Publication and penned by one of the virtuous names of Indian corporate world, Subrata Roy Sahara’s ‘Think with Me’ is an insight into the value system that is needed by the people of India to develop and restore its greatness with time. In precise words and crisp thoughts, this book takes you on a ride through those inundated terrains that have been devoid of the basic value system, which can bring back India’s lost glory. Mr.Roy has again gracefully put up points to ponder. But, if this book is essentially a good read, or is just a mundane rhetoric, let’s find out.
‘Think With Me’ as the name suggests, is a textbook that tells you how the government and the citizens can work together for the betterment of the nation. The book is categorically divided into five sections- Electoral System and Leadership, Population, Education System, Media, and Religion. In each section the author has mentions how and why it is essential to uplift the human values to make yourself and your country great. He has patched his words with some interesting anecdotes (both person and general) that makes it quite clear about what he is intending to say. The author has not minced words, and gives you a clear and defined direction towards his thoughts in general.
Mr.Roy has tried to make this book readable and comprehend-able for the masses. He has used very simple and mundane language, that can be easily read by anyone even with little knowledge of the language. Not only that, the examples are quite relatable and one can connect easily without much head break. The book also has a decent editing, baring the fact that on couple of occasions the narrative is repetitive with the same points thrown at the readers again and again. I wish there was something new with turning of the each page.
Precisely as said before, this 112 pages book has nothing new to offer. Umpteenth times these points have been told and retold in various socio economic platforms in varied contexts. From that point, it is an extremely drab and spiritless book. As a reader, I would have looked to read something new. For eg. Mr. Roy talks about population as a deterrent in the development. And, adds that the population needs to be controlled. He writes, “ Approximately 70,000 children are born everyday in the country, almost one every 1.25 seconds. One-third of them weigh half the weight of a normal healthy child. According to the government statistics, the country has about 6,50,000 primary schools. But the alarmingly hight birthrate requires the additional establishments of 1 lac primary schools every year. This is an impossible proposition.” The book is laden with such facts that are found in every possible journal in and outside the country. However, the author has not come up with a definite and consumable solutions to any of the issues mentioned that can be adhered to for the larger good. Thus, the book becomes a redundant read on this account and falls flat furiously.
It is undeniable a fact that Sri. Subrata Roy Shahara is a name to reckon with when it comes to corporate accomplishments. His name is synonymous to corporate brilliance and and his achievements are examples to go by. Considering that, everything this person has to say can be valued and heard at least once, even if it is a rerun. ‘Think With Me’ is essentially a book that has been told a zillion times before. This time too the content and intent is to inspire, motivate and enlighten the inner most self of the masses. So, hear it from the man who has created one of the most valued corporate houses in the country. Grab it for a one time easy, and an effortless read.
*About the Author
Subrata Roy Sahara is a prominent figure of corporate India. He is the founder of Sahara India Pariwar. Better known as Saharasi, the author ascribes to the philosophy of Collective Materialism – continuous collective growth for collective sharing and caring. His first book, Life Mantras, was a national best seller & remained in the top 5 best selling books across India for 7 continuous weeks.
*A bold attempt but…
The books deals with 5 major areas responsible for the growth of a nation. These are Electoral System & Leadership, Population, Education, Media and Religion. The author ponders over problems associated with each of these areas and offers solutions for them, following which, according to him, India can be an ideal country.
The book is divided into 5 sections, each one dealing with a particular area. Apart from getting to know the problems and their solutions, we also get to know several shocking facts about the severity of these problems. For instance, in the Population section, the author writes-
“Approximately, 70,000 children are born every day in the country, almost one every 1.25 seconds. … the alarmingly high birth rate requires the additional establishment of 1 lac. primary schools every year. … Where other countries of the world have one doctor for every 50 persons, India has one doctor for every 2,000 people.”
Now I don’t think that mentioning these facts is a big deal. But the thing is that these jaw-dropping facts can compel the readers to think about the problem.
The solution that the author provides for the problem of Population is to extend a number of facilities to families having 2 children, and these families are to be called Ideal Family. It can certainly be helpful to some extent. But he even talks about providing reservation. And that is really insane!
I’m not going to write about each problem over here because that would leave nothing for the book. I agree with the author at some points and do not at others. One of the reasons behind this may be that some of the solutions are hardly pragmatic. In Electoral System & Leadership, he talks about choosing those leaders who have large emotional sphere. He tries to put this concept of emotional sphere in other sections too. But actually, there are no parameters for this thing.
Another thing that I realized is that the author doesn’t explore all the aspects of the problems. He feels that our faulty education system can be corrected by rewriting our epics in modern context. But, in reality, we need a radical change in our education system.
The book ends with a humble appeal by the author, inviting feedback from readers. He is even ready to guide the government in case these solutions are to be followed. There are no acknowledgements given in the book, which made me feel that the author has casually put down his thoughts without much consideration. Also there is not a single example of some place where ideas, similar to the ones that he has provided, were implemented and were successful.
All in all, I feel the author has made a bold attempt but failed to attract readers. Although his efforts are worth an appreciation, but at the end of the book, I was rather disappointed. I would recommend this book, only if you are looking for some time pass read. But, if you think you’ll like it, you can giver it a try. Who knows you may like it.
My Rating: *** (3/5)
I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
It is a common habit of people in our society to find faults in everything from condition of roads, education system, population, governance and even how sports are played on field.
Every one is a know all and a preacher. Most of us have many solutions to all the problems that exist in our country but when it comes to following rules, even the simplest rule of wearing a helmet and sticking to the lane while driving are ignored. If after that we are stuck in a traffic jam or somebody dies we blame it on ill-governance by city authorities, on police department for being lax and so on and so forth....Point is nobody stands up to say it was wrong to not follow rules!
I feel this book is of same temperament. This book is divided into 5 sections of 1) Electoral 2)System and Leadership, 3)Population, 4)Education System, 5)Media and Religion.
Each segment is further dealt with in detail but the author goes on to tell what all is wrong with various systems. He has mentioned throughout the book " I can personally guide the method". The author comments 'sick mentality' of poor people because they bear more children with the aim of earning more. He goes on to say this and that should be done for population control.
I agree that the problems that he has discussed are real and need a revolution. However I have a limited scope of improving the system and I do that by following rules, by being tolerant and friendly with people of other faiths, by teaching my child that the country should come first...I am vary of preachers though.
I can say fine book justification
I got this book from @Writersmelon
I thank them for giving me opportunity to read this book
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