Chanakya is undoubtedly one of the most venerated thinkers, philosopher and political strategists from ancient India. His shrewd political maneuvering, war tactics and vast knowledge of governance has been recorded in history in golden letters. Undoubtedly, it would be of immense interest for an enthusiast of history to get a glimpse into how the mind of this great man worked.
Chanakya is best known for ‘Arthashastra’ or his book of Economics. Although, there were many Arthashastra before Chanakya wrote his own, his book is now being considered an expert document on politics, economics, warfare, and a text that relates to governance, leadership and strategy. It is also a book on law, foreign policy, international relations and how to rule a kingdom.
In this book by Radhakrishnan Pillai, we are taught how the philosophy underlined in Arthashastra can make us better thinkers, thus bettering our skills for problem-solving and management. It is aimed at the masses; thus the language of the book is simple and laden with examples and anecdotes. It is almost like reading a text book prescribed for a course in critical thinking.
The author introduces us to the concept of ‘Aanvikshiki’ – the science of strategic thinking. The first and opening chapter of Kautilya’s Arthashastra talks about Aanvikshiki and its importance. This would certainly open a new horizon in philosophy for readers.
Thinking is an essential part of our daily lives. From school assignments to office projects, we are often asked to think hard. But nobody has ever told us how to think. Weird, isn’t it? Thorugh ‘Aanvikshiki’ Pillai tries to do just that. The author has categorised the art of thinking into six divisions and taken us through each one of them in great details with examples and quotes from Chanakya’s Arthashastra.
To sum up, Chanakya’s teachings, which helped Chandragupta run an empire, will surely come in handy for us in managing a corporate office. Radhakrishnan Pillai has illustrated how an ancient text can help us become better human beings.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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