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Sasidharan Karthikeyan

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The Story Deserves 100+ Stars

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Reviewed: 27-12-19

Narrated well. Explores deep into the inner workings of the Lutyen's Delhi and the Delhi Durbar. Gives one a feeling that he/she is living through the life of PV as PV himself.

Great book ; not a one on blatant exploitation

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Reviewed: 17-12-19

Though it's a book on how the plutes mislead the youths who intend to solve problems and how they turn a blind eye to the problems which they create, it doesn't necessarily talk about how they actually do it. Especially, this book doesn't deal with how the so called third-world countries are exploited by such foundations and aide programs.

Otherwise, it's a great book

Good Lesson

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Reviewed: 28-10-19

Lesson-1: Used to think that UPA-1 had more connect with the lay-people than the UPA-2. I was proven to be wrong that it was yet another government seeking approval from the "elites" and the "neutral journalists" and more importantly, Sonia Gandhi.

Lesson-2: One can understand why the media is barking at Modi. They used to enjoy every single perk. Even a non-Indian (Wire's Siddharth Varadarajan) was traveling in PM's official air craft. And the author enabled it.

Lesson-3: Bureaucrats and their ego makes PM and the country miserable.

Sanjaya Baru had succeeded in making me believe in the former, as PM's media advisor and in the latter as an author. I'm not disappointed.

It's Stephen Fry!

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Reviewed: 27-10-19

Its Stephen Fry, man! What else you need. I'm gonna listen to the Sherlock Holmes series.

Privacy is a double-edged Sword

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Reviewed: 26-10-19

I could not agree with most of Snowdon's view. That's because my country still faces frequent terrorist attacks which demands surveillance. Just a few days back two truck drivers were gunned down by terrorists for minding their business.

I'm of the view that my representatives, even though they don't behave like one, need to push for more stringent policy so that they can get information about next terrorist attacks easily.

And no one could talk about privacy if they own a smartphone.

Some doubts still linger

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Reviewed: 24-10-19

I opened this book having a doubt "Do we really need science to explain spirituality? We don't apply science to explain economics or finance but can still tell Raghuram Rajan from Rajan Rajaratnam".

That doubt still lingers in my mind and I realized that this author has been just to explain spirituality to the ones who seek science as an yardstick. Maybe this book is not for me!

Wilfully Ignorant towards the Missionaries' Role

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Reviewed: 21-10-19

Though it's applaudable to call out the hypocrisy of the empire apologists from Rudyard Kipling to Niall Ferguson, Tharoor wilfully ignores the role played by the like Jesuits and Montfort's role which keeps India divided to this day to a considerable extent.

Also, one is but forced to draw parallels between the British and the Mohammedan colonialists whenever the author tries to adore the latter.

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Including; not limited to the economic reforms

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Reviewed: 12-10-19

It is a great work by the author to present us with internal and external political ongoings of 1991 India, and most importantly, the economic reforms, the most seminal decision.

Indeed, a great service to the Father of the Nation - PV.

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Too Preachy; Many Aspects Left Undiscussed

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Reviewed: 12-10-19

The author should have given more time to discuss on some views like "If my liberty can exist without harming the liberty of my neighbor, why can't my nationalism exist without infringing upon the nationalism of my counterpart in some other corner of the world?".

This one is better than Deus and could have been better than Sapiens, if the preaching tone is avoided. Felt like attending 21 sermons than learning 21 lessons.