The unconventional bonds that the characters share with each other. While it’s hard to believe such irrational intimacy can exist, the poignancy in Andrew’s narration convinces you otherwise. The biggest and best of all surprises for me was the narrator.
Everyone thinks they know everything and everyone has an opinion about everything. People no longer follow the two-source theory of journalism.
Given that Imran is strongly backed by the army, one cannot expect too much of a change in Pakistan’s foreign policy
Although a good part of the story happens inside the office premises, the events that happen beyond the office are the truly romantic ones.
It is one thing to listen to the twisted tales that media throws at you and another to listen to the recollections of a gentleman who had witnessed firsthand the birth and growth of these stars.
If the customer is god, then Flipkart must be an atheist.
As much as the book is a philosophical delight, Kundera’s political dissent which is more than evident is quite an exciting backdrop to the events that unfold in the book. The metaphorical likening of the Communists to Oedipus is one of the best I have read so far.
the individual is the power. We do not need the country or organizations like the UN to solve the problems. We as individuals can bring about a change if we can put our mind to it.
“the events that happened post Doklam, be it the treatment of the Dalai Lama’s 60th anniversary, the remark of the Dragon and Elephant dancing together, the decision of not including Australia in Malabar exercise, or the informal summit in Wuhan, indicate pragmatism coming into play.”
One of the benefits of being an Indian middle class child is that you learn much earlier in life that you need to save money, irrespective of whether you like it or not. Most children from these households might have grown up listening to how their parents had to shed blood to ensure financial security for the family. While one must be grateful for all that they have been provided with, one cannot deny the fact that the circumstances of an Indian household doesn’t really approve of or prepare you to take any sort of risks to improve your finances. There weren’t even many takers for entrepreneurship as compared to a paid job, until recently. So, investment for an Indian household would mean a savings account, a fixed deposit, a recurring deposit, or a real estate investment. Given our conditioning, it was blasphemous to even consider stocks as an investment option and some of us dread even more after having tried our hands at stocks and burnt them once.
We always have tried to treat our physical pains without bothering to address its connection to psychological suffering. From quitting WhatsApp groups to suicidal instincts, you will relate to a lot of seemingly trivial things which are symptoms of chronic suffering. The book advocates ‘consciousness’ as a technique and inculcating the habit of ‘being present’ to dissolve the emotional blocks within you.
The word Lingayat occurs in Vachana texts only 67 times and that too after the post-Basava period. However, the term ‘Sharana’ occurs more than 4000 times implying that the original identity marker was not Lingayat or Veera Shaiva but ‘Sharana’. According to him, ‘Lingayat’ and ‘Veerashaiva’ are caste-based identity markers while Sharana is the quality based marker. Also, the Vachananakaras did not intend to create a new faith or Dharma, but a new Ethics or culture.