Chanakya In You – A book that redefined the journey.

Chanakya in you

Have you ever read a book magical enough to change your world? Maybe change the world inside your head a little? Did the game of words ever cast a spell on you? If “Yes” is your answer my friend I am sure you a book lover but if “No” is what you have inside your head then you are may be missing out on a lot in your life.  Let me quote something I read online.

“ Books are the planes, trains and roads. They are the destination and journey. They are home.”

I could not agree less.

Recently I read a book “Chanakya in You” by Radhakrishna Pillai. I received this book as a gift from one of my colleague. And I must say this book took me to a road I never thought I will travel through. To understand the road and the journey you must know the book a little. This book for me was more like an autobiography for me of the writer but what attracted me the most was the support system of his life – Kautilya’s Arthashastra. The book consists of sutras from the Arthashastra that the writer used during different phases of his life. Chanakya (Kautilya or Vishnugupta are all same) had become like a walking cane for the author throughout his life. His affection and faith on Chanakya or rather Kautilya’s Arthashastra attracted me towards the glory of Ancient Indian Scripture.


This attracted me not only towards Kautilya’s Arthashastra but also lit a flame of desire for reading Bhagwad Gita, Upanishads, Chanakyaniti and many more. Just not read them but understand them. From this book I can say that my spiritual journey had begun. The journey started with a little bit of difficulties. I lack knowledge of Sanskrit so understanding verses as it is, is difficult. To understand Ancient Indian Scripture which was first written in Sanskrit, knowledge of same is a must. But still as a beginner an English translation works well.


What I am realizing is that things that the management books talk about is not an outcome of management science that came into existence in 1950s but is been running in the inks of books written long ago by our great ancestors and forefathers.

Proud Indian smiles at the end of this journey…


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