Review of the Billionaire Raj by James Crabtree -useless book skip it.

This book is written for a foreign audience in mind. Most of the stuff in the book is what you can google or go to the news archive and get it.

The author has met a few people like Vijay Mallya, Jindal and Arnab. Besides that there hardly seems to be an in-depth analysis. Most of the things like the Lalit modi scandal or the Nirav modi scandal is from the newspapers.

The modi chapters were the most boring part. Please skip this book. Read ParanjoyGuhaThakurta book Gas wars or Feast of Vultures by Jeby Joseph instead if you want to understand crony capilasim

The story of the Fox and the white rabbit By Mateja Klaric

Our relationships are are biggest teachers. In one of the spiritual classes I attended. The teacher used to often say , that our lover/partner is our biggest master. The lover/wife/partner is in our life to teach us the most valuable life lessons.

Cutting back to this story. The theme of this story is an analogy of this classic problem. Our relationships are so testing. The deeper are our relationships the more they test us. They help us to grow. Either we cop out or stay put.

This story is all about our relationships. Sometimes we feel powerful like the fox and sometimes we feel like the rabbit giving our best and sacrificing ourselves to our lover.

Happy to know there is more to come in the series and would be interested to know how the author navigates from here on.

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The long haul: The Bombay textile workers strike of 1982-83 – Rajni Bakshi

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I have always been intrigued by the strikes and unions, growing up, Dad had problems with Shivsena union in his factory and I remember him telling me, “thank GOD its not a Datta Samant union”. After closing his factories in Mumbai due to unions issue pretext , he moved his manufacturing to Ratnagiri.

Nevertheless the name Datta Samant is etched on my consciousness, I also had consistent union problems in 1999-2001 until I closed one of manufacturing unit. But compared to the “Bombay textile workers strike on 82-83”, mine and dads issue with unions looks rather trivial.

Here is book which does a indepth analysis of the same strike, which is superbly referenced and researched by Rajni bakshi , I am glad I found this book in a free format on the internet here ,since its out of print and circulation. One of the most enigmatic figure Dutta Samant has been demystified, his style and methodology explained, what made him so popular and subsequently why his popularity vaned is put forth objectively.

Looking forward to read Rajni Bakshi‘s other books.

Here and there – Collected Travel Writings

Here and There: Collected Travel WritingHere and There: Collected Travel Writing by A Gill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a terrific read! The book was funny all the way with A A Gill smart and sauve dry humour , this is a must read if you dream about travelling or a avid traveller already, A A Gill breaks all those traditional prejudices with this travelogue or travel memoir of his. He has travelled to every darned place in the world including Iceland or Greenland!

A A Gill is essentially a renowned food critic and is dyslexic (I Did some research) , he actually dictates and technically doesnt write. But this British author is just brilliant, I want to read all his other books now!

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Reviewed: Yoga Sutras discourses – Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama


Review of the Book

There is no book which can be as Indian as “Living with the Himalayan Masters” by Swami Rama. I had never heard about Swami Rama and discovered this book quite serendipitously. The journey of Swami Rama right from his birth to the hard lessons he learnt from some of the greatest sages in the himalaya’s is narrated in this book, Some of which are quite un-believable and It takes a little faith in him, do go through this book as a factual narrative, otherwise you are in to metaphysical fiction this can be entertaining read opening up your imagination to human potential.

Review of the You-tube discourse on Yoga Sutras by Patajani.

I have explored Yoga very superfluously in my youth. Reading the book, made me search for more on Swami Rama, and I stumbled on this humongous 13 hour discourse on the Yoga Sutras by Swami Rama in one of his camps. These discourses are indeed a treasure trove of well intended and ancient wisdom. There are total 86 video’s, it teaches the yogic way of living. Thanks to this, I have started doing pranayama regularly about 2/3 times a day. I highly recommend you to check this out, here is the link to the first video