ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Radhakrishnan Pillai is educated in management and consultancy. He also has an MA in Sanskrit. He is the recipient of the Sardar Patel International Award in 2009.  He is the founder of the academy, ‘Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership’, where he trains political leaders and aspirants. Chanakya in You is an interesting book authored by Mr. Pillai after the success of his bestsellers, Corporate Chanakya and Chanakya’s 7 Secrets of Leadership.

REVIEW

Chanakya in You is the story of a young man. It details his journey from being a lazy and aimless idler to a wealthy businessman. The youth is inspired by his grandfather to follow in the footsteps of Chanakya, the great kingmaker of yesteryear. He seeks guidance from the Arthashastra, authored by Chanakya, to become the richest man in the world.

The book showcases the author’s affinity with Kautilya and the principles advocated by him. The protagonist of the story is the modern day disciple of Chanakya. He motivates the entire nation to learn Sanskrit and study the Indian classics and literature, and use those principles for attaining success in business endeavors.

The book is divided into fifty-nine chapters. All the chapters are small and easy-to-follow. The story flows neatly from one chapter to another, and piques the interest of the readers. The readers are transported to another world, where they can enlighten themselves about the principles of the Arthashastra.

The first chapter of the book offers an introduction to the protagonist, his relation with his grandfather and what motivated him to take up the study of the Arthashastra. The next few chapters give us an insight into the ancient history of India along with a brief biography of Chanakya and how he strove to be an effective kingmaker. The story slowly picks up pace when the readers are introduced to the Arthashastra in the fourth chapter. It explores on how the study of the Bhagvad Gita serves as a perfect basis for the study of the Arthashastra. The book contains an effective explanation about the significance of various Indian rituals in a simple manner so that the present generation can grasp the logic behind those rituals.

Chanakya's advice on how to read a book

The eighth chapter may be construed as the perfect instruction manual for young readers as to how they should read a book. The tips given by the teacher are an excellent way to learn time management skills at the time of picking up the right books to suit your taste. It teaches the reader how to transition from a reader of the book to a speaker on the book.

The twentieth chapter of the novel talks about the ideal pattern of study to understand each and every concept clearly and the need to study different versions of the same topic in order to form a personal opinion about it. The novel also provides the reader with valuable financial acumen, while stressing on the liberating power of money.

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The narrative unhurriedly traces the protagonist’s metamorphosis from a listless lad to a book enthusiast and an obedient student of a Gurukul, where he learned the basics of the Arthashastra and then implemented them in his life to become a successful businessman. How he picks up a successor to lead the business after his retirement also adds much value to the plot and the reader’s understanding thereof.

The characters in the story are nameless, thus effectively involving the reader as a part of the storyline. Everyone and anyone who reads books can empathize with the situations and characters presented in the novel. The book is written in plain English without any gobbledygook. It is suitable for readers across all age groups. The book makes you ponder on the richness of our ancient literature and its applicability to modern times. The softcover edition of the book has 242 pages, with a short biography of the author Radhakrishnan Pillai at the end.

Chanakya in You warrants a 3.5/5 rating due to its engaging narrative. The books gives valuable insight into the principles of the Arthshastra and forces the reader to give their modern applicability a thought.

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