Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sharing a happy moment:)

It is with great pride  that I share with you all one of my blessed moments in my life. My daughter scores 90% comfortably in her CBSE class 12 exams in science stream. The pride is not in the fact that she scored 90% but she scored it without any help from external private tuitions and participating in all the co-curricular activities like NCC, camping etc.

She also simultaneously prepared  for an  All india entrance exam which almost coincided with her pre-board exams and NCC exams. She was tested for  her creative, analytical, logical, mathematical, situational abilities and GK. In this triple round entrance  exam, she secured an all India merit rank of 369  and is now awaiting counseling for one of the premier design institute of India where only 30% admission is on merit. The rest are all lateral entry admission like management, NRI and other caste quota.  I am praying hard that she gets her choice of  location and branch of study.

Could’nt  rest till I shared this  news with you all, meanwhile I am still on digital detox with occasional cheats like this and frequent sinning by checking mails and whatsapp only;)  
 I am enjoying my time off routine, by connecting socially in the real world and meeting interesting people, had a great family  time in my home town  re-connecting with my long lost cousins who have relocated to India,  touching some river bank villages on a day's road trip, reading  physical books (among those I read I loved Sudha murty’s "House of cards") . And now another vacation is in the offing. Will share and record my  vacation stories once I resume regular blogging. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Rise of the sun prince by Shubha Vilas - Book review

JAICO's  Rise of the Sun prince is the Bala kand of the revered and famous epic Ramayana.

This book is the first of the  6 part series titled Ramayana:The game of life  by the author Shubha Vilas. The book draws extensively from the Valmiki Ramayan and Kamba Ramyan (another version).Interesting mini stories and poetical analogies from the above books form   Rise of the sun prince.

 The book retells the story from the times  when Valmiki was Ratnakar and how his angry curse turns into glorious verse Ramayana, the base meter for the composition of Ramayana. It narrates the leadership model of Dasharata, the birth of Rama, his growing and learning  years with sage Vishwamitra till he gets married to Sita. But most of all the highlight of this book is the story of Vishwamitra from the time of he being a King from a royal lineage to being conferred the title of Brahmarishi by Sage Vasishta. Interesting mini fables, folk tales and stories form the lifeline of this book and keeps the reader captivated throughout.

The book is a light and breezy read in that the  narration is uncomplicated and in simple language. The situations and locations are beautifully described that I have paused at many places to visualize them. One worthy of mentioning is  the description of Mithila city. Another interesting and special aspect of this book is the foot notes in each page which beautifully correlates the stories on that page to dealing with modern day life situations.

Situations as in dealing with the relationship of our lives between parents and children, between husband and wife, between siblings, between a leader and follower and all those values required for a happy, righteous and contented life. 

My verdict is pick up the book even if you know Ramayan, because this book is not just about the Balakand of Ramayan. It is about Ramayan - the way of life,  many life lessons in those 250 pages priced at Rs 250. 

As for me, can't wait for Book 2 of Ramayana: The game of life - Shattered dreams

About the author: Shubha vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law.
His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses.  He addresses their crucial needs through thought provoking seminars on themes such as 'Secrets of lasting relationships', 'Soul curry to stop worry' etc.,

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