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Flaws in conventional religious system: Brahmananda Swamisivayogi and his selected works

Brahmanda Swamisivayogi is considered to be the founder of the first atheist movement in Kerala(India), a state where first Communist regime came in to power by electoral procedure. Don’t mistake from the name “Sivayogi” that he has to do something with “Siva”, one of the deities of Hindus. He is also the founder of “Ananda religion”, infact it is not a religion, a spiritual or social dogma free of ill-aspects of Hinduism,especially the superstitious idol worships animal sacrifices and superiority of Brahmins. Being born in elite class of the society Ananthasivayogi has challenged the domination of the Brahmins and the logical existence of Hinduism. He clearly advocates that “God is human mind creation”.

“Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi and his selected Works”, a book by P.V.Gopalkrishnan, is casting light towards the life and works of “Brahmananda Sivayogi”. However, this book didn’t get much attention even among the socially and educationally high Keralite society. Sivayogi’s works were showing light to those days wherein cast based discrimination were existed in Kerala. This has tempted Swami Vivekandan to call Kerala as “lunatic asylum”. Later communism and various social reformations mushroomed.

P.V.Gopalakrishnan’s book will be a guiding tool for those would wish to learn more about “Brahmanana Sivayogi”

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Story of opium sellers: NARCOPOLIS

Jeet Thayil’s debute novel Narcopolis is a Bombay (presently Mumbai) based story, on the lives of slum dwellers, opium sellers and brothels in the Bombay during 90’s. Narcopolis is mainly centred through the lives of Dimple, Rashid and Lee. The novel also shows the changes happened in Bombay after the overturn of communal harmony, resulted from the demolition of Babari Masjid. The author lives in Bombay in a time when prostitution and opium were mandatory things. The city life has been afflicted by anarchy, street killing, massive castration often associated with the Bombay underworld. Some innocent people were rendered for satisfying the need of rich class of the society. These people were living in all most all Indian cities as they made some sort of social justice and harmony, evident from the persons going to brothel, they didn’t have any social barriers like cast, religion, economic or social status. Those days has created a social system driven by opium and prostitution.The book is presented as four sections, which the author describes as four books. The novel is covering the tragic lives of innocent people living in the busy lives of Bombay and how they have been turned up in to such pathetic, god forsaken life. Thayil presented himself as a witness to all these incidents during the course of the novel.

It is worth to read. The book has been shortlisted for Man Booker prize.

Jeet Thayil’sNarcopolis‘ makes it to Booker shortlist – Times Of India

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Life is a gift bestowed without anyone asking for it : Review of Julian Barnes’s “THE SENSE OF AN ENDING”

Yesterday I started reading the book “The Sense of an Ending”, winner of man booker prize 2011 written by Julian Barnes.The story is centered around the lives of Mr. Tony Webster, his girl friend Veronica, his wife Margret and his school friend Adrian Finn. Tony is living through the memories of his beautiful school days even in the old age. Sudden demise of his friend Adrian Finn has shattered him for long. He has celebrated mystic adolescent ages by flirting with girls. He says those were days of book hungry and sex hungry.


The authors views on life has been reflected in the book, appears to me the reminiscence of his views on western culture, wherein relations are temporary. As he says ” Life went by some Englishman once said marriage is long dull meal with the pudding served first”

One can thousands of philosophies which may be applicable to others, but not necessarily applicable to those delivers it; as he mentioned about the sudden suicide of Adrian “I would have sworn on oath that Adrian’s was one mind which would never lose its balance. But in the law’s view, if you killed yourself you were by definition mad, at least at the time you were committing the act.”

I swear that the book is going to be one of the valuable gift that our literature ever had.

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Life is what you make it: book about bipolar disorder

Sometimes you can see some special people whose character will be different from others. The commonly applicable theories may fail in judging such peoples. Often you may come across such personalities in your day-today activities-among your friends, relatives etc. Some people are characterized with short-tempered nature, some are having suicidal tendencies. Sometimes you may wondered that some people are killing themselves with out having any reasons, mostly they are intelligent and talented. The famous book by Preethy Shenoy ” LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT” is on the story of Ankta Sharma who manage to survive the extremity of “BIPOLAR DISORDER”. The author beautifully narrates the books through the lives of Ankita. The book is starting with the college lives of the girl in the beautiful city of Cochin. The author is taking the readers through the emotions of Ankita through out the beautiful words  of the book. The presentation skill of Preety Shenoy is very well reflected through out the book. The book is filled with emotions of a college student who fail to fulfill the dreams of parents, which is very well resembles to the modern parents who are over-bothered about their kids. I personally like the way the book is presented and I admit that it is definitely going to be one of the best among the contemporary Indian authors.

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About Aung San Suu Kyi: A Biography


Sometimes or often, we think of having a life free of obstacles. When we were kids, we used to pray of getting rid of troubles and for having a beautiful tomorrow. But, there are some people, around us, have dedicated their valuable life for creating a foolproof system.

Aung San Suu Kyi has dedicated her entire life for constituting democracy in Myanmar. Her untiring effort and long vision of a country free of totalitarian governments. Like any others, she could have live in America or European country in exile and talk of freedom of people of Myanmar, could have bag couple of awards and honors. Being jailed for decades, missed the company of her family members, couldn’t communicate with her sons for years, couldn’t attend the funeral of her husband who stand in favor of her in all difficult times. However, these incidents has not ebbed out her long visioned political spirits.


In Aung San Suu Kyi: A Biography, Jesper Bengtsson is scintillating towards the life of “The iron butterfly” Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel prize winner and freedom fighter, characterized by humanity, compassion, and moreover, an advocate of freedom.


About the author of the book: Jesper Bengtsson


Jesper Bengtsson is a journalist and author of four books, working as At; editor-in-chief Of a Swedish magazine,Omavarlden. He has followed development Burma for more than ten years and has authored Burma – The Lost Country and The Quiet Revolution previously.

Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.

The democracy process provides for political and social change without violence.
—– Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi over years………………

1945: Aung San Suu Kyi born in Rangoon.
1947: General Aung San assassinated
1948: The Independent Union of Myanmar is established.
1960: Daw Khin Kyi appointed Myanmar’s ambassador to India. Suu Kyi accompanies mother to New Delhi.
1960-64: Suu Kyi at high school and Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi.
1964-67: Oxford University, B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics at St. Hugh’s College
1969-71: She goes to New York for study. Postponing studies, Suu Kyi joins U.N. Secretariat as Assistant Secretary.
1972: January 1. Marries Michael Aris
1973: They return to England for birth of Alexander in London.
1974: Michael assumes appointment at Oxford University.
1977: Birth of second son, Kim at Oxford.
1984: Publishes “Aung San”
1985: Publishes “Let’s Visit Myanmar” also books on Nepal and Bhutan
1985-86: Visiting Scholar, Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
1986: Alexander and Kim take part in traditional Buddhist ceremony of initiation into monk-hood.
1988: Moves her ailing mother to family home on University Avenue in Rangoon.
1989: Suu Kyi continues campaign despite harassment, arrests and killings by soldiers.
1990: Despite detention of Suu Kyi, NLD wins election with 82% of parliamentary seats. SLORC refuses to recognise results.
1990: Suu Kyi granted 1990 Rafto Human Rights Prize.
1991: European Parliament awards Suu Kyi Sakharov human rights prize.
1991: Norwegian Nobel Committee announces Suu Kyi as the Winner of 1991 Peace Prize.
1991: December: “Freedom from Fear” was published.
1992: Suu Kyi announces that she will use $1.3 million prize money to establish health and education trust for Burmese people.
1993: Group of Nobel Peace Laureates, denied entry to Myanmar
1995: SLORC releases Suu Kyi from house arrest after six years of detention.
1999: Her husband, Michael Aris died of cancer.
2000: She was detained again.
2002: Released after two years.
2003: Detained ever since.

2012: Released from her current third period of detention


With parents….

ImageSuu Kyi in 1970

ImageAfter marriage


Michael Aris, Aung San Suu Kyi and their first son Alexander, in 1973,


Alexander and Kim with Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech in Norway on June 16, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi – interview for Norwegian television, 16.6.2012

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Speech at University of Oxford, 20 June 12


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Best movie, I have ever seen…..

Возвращение (The Return)………………

            It is story of affection between a father and son…….

It is a story of two Russian boys whose father suddenly returns home after a 12-year absence. He takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake…………………..

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