Sunday, 28 February 2016

Gender Prejudice

Gender Prejudice

Mom/housewife/women’s daily work cannot be compared in entire world, I bet the household activities which women can do, cannot be done by male. In today’s 21st century our Indian women work for 24 X 7, and if she is newly mom than her hectic schedule cannot be described in words.

I still remember my mother used to wake early at 5.00 clocks in the morning, so that we can reach school in time, because of her activeness I never got late remarks in my School diary. I still many times ask my mom, how you managed us in those days? when I see today’s kid eating junk food in recess time, I felt proud that my mom used to give us fresh ‘roti’ and ‘sabzi’ in our Tiffin box. I used to ask my mom ‘how you can manage all this activities and still looks fresh and happy’; and she used to say your happiness is my happiness. I am not blaming today’s mom, because of nuclear family the responsibility of women is much higher, as they have to manage not only her family but her job also.

Sometimes I think why our goddess are portrayed with more than 2 hands and each had bearing something or the other, but if you compare today’s women with goddess there are many similarities, like our goddess used to bear sword, lotus, musical instrument etc. in their hands, just like goddess 21st century women are managing broom stick, laptops, children, husband, cooking, job etc, very easily.   

Now, I would like to share with you my cousin’s incident which I have seen through my eyes. My cousin is married and having baby bay and girl for more than 10 years. Whenever her wife is not in town his house becomes totally mess. My cousin is so much dependent on her wife that he throws his towel on bed after shaver, which her wife has to pick and place it on balcony.

Now how to change this situation:

I don’t think this attitude of men will change in near future, the situation is worse in tier 2 cities and villages of India. Especially girls are taught from her childhood that they have to take care of his husband and his family, but no I must say boys must be taught from early days that they should do their household activities. They should not be dependent on her mother and sisters, from childhood the basics like ironing of school cloths, preparation of shocks, shoes and cloths to wear for school should be done by him only.

Further I would like to suggest that at least on weekend’s husband or male family member should make some meals for the family and do some household activities, so the importance of women can be known. And I think if today’s parents start discussing this types of issue with their child, and taught him to be independent then in near future dependence on mother and sister will be lower. What do you say?

“I am joining the Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign at BlogAdda and blogging about the prejudice related to household chores being passed on to the next generation.”  

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Book Review: Chanakya in You by Radhakrishnan Pillai

Book review: Chanakya in You by Radhakrishnan Pillai

*Publisher: Jaico Publishing House *ISBN: 978-81-8495-660-3 *No of Pages: 240 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Self help/Business *Price: 299 *Rating: 3/5

My View:

We Indian’s never going to forget Chanakya for the contribution he has done in the field of Arthashashtra and we still remember him for his various tactics to survive at the time of difficulty. He was the mentor for the King Chandragupta Maurya at the time of Maurya dynasty.

Now about this book, the starting was excellent but after some 40-50 pages it started getting low, the book totally diverted in different direction and I think book was too much stretched while introducing Arthashashtra. According to author there are more than 6000 sutras in Arthashashtra then also author has not provided the meaning and not explored more than 10-15 sutras in this book, only I found repetition of Aanvikshiki. In entire book the protagonist’s fame and richness is exaggerated beyond certain level. The book doesn’t provide any solution or any Arthashashtra rules if you are facing any difficult situation at home/work/business or in relationship. 

But there are also many positive side of this book like after reading this book I came to know that the game CHESS was invented by Chanakya, there were many books on Arthashastra before Chanakya. Arthashashtra is not only for King but for each and every human on earth can use it on day to day life.

Now, the writing style of author is easy to read there are no difficult jargons, flow of the book was good initially but lacks after some pages. And if you are looking for a rich material on Chanakya than I didn’t recommend this book, but if you are new to the world of Chanakya and want to know anything about him then this book will give you a glimpse in the life of Chanakya and on Arthashashtra. It’s an average book what I expected from Radhakrishnan Pillai.

Some of the interesting lines from the book:

Wars are not fought in the battlefield, but in the minds of the generals. Page no 17

Don’t play games for the sake of playing. Think while you play a game.  The one, who keeps learning, keeps improving and winning becomes natural for him. Page no 18

Analysis, analysis and only analysis leads to paralysis. Page no 90

Your children are not your children, they are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself, they come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. Page no 218


Chanakya in you is the charming, lighthearted yet profound tale of a man inspired by his grandfather to seek the wisdom of the Arthashastra.

Journey with a modern day disciple of chanakya as he goes from being an aimless youth to the richest man in the world, inspiring a whole nation to take up study of Sanskrit and ancient Indian literature for business success.

Interestingly, this book does not have a single character with a name. the story is about you and your journey through life. While you flip through the pages, you may well find yourself walking the hero’s path to bring out the Chanakya inside you.

The book can be read by a parent or a young adult, by a business tycoon or an academic scholar, with equal ease and interest. This is a book for the people; a book that makes you think.

Don’t put it down until you discover the Chanakya in you!      

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Book Review: Idli, Orchid and me by Vithal Kamat.

Book Review: Idli orchid and me by Vithal Kamat

*Publisher: Image Publication *ISBN: 81-7997-167-8 *No of pages: 183 *Language: English *Genre: Non-Fiction/Entrepreneur *Price: 150 *Rating: 3/5

My View:

I have never visited any of the Kamat hotels till now, but after reading this book I will definitely would like to visit and meet vithal kamat. The person who achieved success with hard work, dedication, honesty, simplicity, self-confidence, an ability to turn all odds and who dreamed big and followed his instinct.

If you are an entrepreneur and would like to achieve goal in your life, this book is for you. Vithal Kamat’s father started as a small restaurant but with dedication to work Vithal made the chain of 350+ hotels in the name of Kamat. Also Vithal kamat has revealed his many secrets and many other thought provoking success. The book is all about dream big and how to convert it into reality.

What I liked the most:

* The meeting and conversation between Vithal Kamat and Rai Bahadur Oberoi, the owner of Oberoi group hotels.

* The job interview of Vithal Kamat to know his own market value. How much salary he can earn if he is doing a job. 

What I didn’t like:

Sometime I think author has exaggerated his abilities like when he was in foreign land and in that particular restaurant their was no traffic, he went to the kitchen started making different varieties and that restaurant started flourishing, I think it is humbug what their chief and their staff has not done is being done by Vithal kamat.         

Overall this book will boost your will power; I highly recommend this book for MBA faculties and those who are new to entrepreneurship.