Decades after his death, the mere mention of the name Vinayak Damodar Savarkar riles people up even today. From being an optimistic advocate of Hindu-Muslim unity in his famous book, “The Indian War of Independence 1857”, what transformed him into a proponent of ‘Hindutva’? Why was Savarkar a severe critic of Gandhi and the Congress? What happened after Gandhi’s assassination?

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These are the questions that the readers of Vikram Sampath’s first book about Savarkar have. The answer to all those questions and many more historical facts are documented in the second and concluding volume of this two-part biography of Veer Savarkar. Having read the first volume, the expectations were high, and Vikram Sampath did not disappoint. This book is even more detailed, so engaging that I read the entire volume in just three days! I couldn’t put the book down!

Before we get going with my insights from this book, if you haven’t seen my review of the first book in this series, you can click here to read it:

BOOK REVIEW-SAVARKAR: ECHOES FROM A FORGOTTEN PAST BY VIKRAM SAMPATH

As I had shared in my last post, these books by Vikram Sampath are my first introduction to Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, having read nothing about him in textbooks. Therefore, everything I shared is what I discovered about his life reading through the book. I was eager to get my hands on this second volume because I wanted to know what happened after Savarkar was transported from Andaman to Ratnagiri jail around 1924.

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The name Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (aka Veer Savarkar) doesn’t mean much in the minds of Indian people these days, other than a notion that there is some controversy around this name that politicians stoke around the election period.

The author of the biography of V.D. Savarkar named Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past, Vikram Sampath says in the prologue itself, the name of Savarkar or any details about him is conspicuously absent from all our history textbooks across India. After reading this book, one thing is obvious to the reader, as the author also confirms, the post-colonial political powers in India did not wish the young people of the country to know anything about Savarkar and his legacy. And they succeeded so far!

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Picture: Book Cover(left) and the author, Vikram Sampath(right)

The left-liberal cabal of historians and media who seem to have infiltrated all influential institutions with the help of political powers has ensured that one can hardly get anything positive about Veer Savarkar if he tries to search even his name on the internet. Amidst all the propaganda, Vikram Sampath brings a very comprehensive and rare biography of Savarkar that carries details of his fascinating life story, description of the tumultuous times of our history, and presents us with a comprehensive account of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s eventful journey through this book.

Being an avid reader, I have read many great biographies and autobiographies. But this is by far the only biography I couldn’t rest until finished once I got started. Going through Savarkar’s life from just an ordinary little boy to becoming a multi-talented young man, to becoming a threatening figure for the almighty British Empire who needed to get rid of him anyhow, to his deportation from England to India to be sentenced to a 50-year jail term on fabricated charges, to his transfer to Cellular Jail at Port Blair and his suffering there is a heart-wrenching reading experience that gives a feeling of nothing less than a thriller!

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If you don’t know anything about Shri Ram and the Ramayana written by Maharshi Valmiki, then this is just the book for you. And if you don’t know anything about Shri Ram and Ramayana, this is a great starting point for you as well. In either case, a great book to increase your knowledge. One-Arrow-One-Kill-Jai-Shri-Ram-Book-Cover Growing up, I didn’t have much exposure to the Vedic concepts of India, there was never any formal education system that teaches the glorious history of Indian civilization. Therefore every historical aspect of Ramayana and Mahabharat was pretty much absent from my life as it is absent today from the lives of most people

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The secret to success, in almost every aspect of life, lies in our ability to influence the other people to help us achieve our goals. We know it, everybody knows it and that is why leaders are always hungry for knowledge in people skills.

Turning Adversaries Into Allies By Bob Burg -Principles of Ultimate InfluenceBook Website: http://www.adversariesintoallies.com/

In my quest to be able to develop my ability to get the results I want from other people while still making them feel genuinely good about themselves, I picked up the latest book from the bestselling author, Bob Burg, Adversaries Into Allies: Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion.

I always enjoy learning from Bob since I got my hands for the first time on his book “Winning Without Intimidation”. Since then, I have read his other incredible books such as Endless Referrals and the Go Givers Sell More etc.

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As you know, I live in Texas,  the land of legendary football coach Tom Landry and his Dallas Cowboys. I also love reading books on leadership and virtually any area intended to help personal growth. This book review is dedicated on this book which is based on his life journey.

Landry Legacy - 20 Success Principles From The Coach

When I saw the book The Landry Legacy, I was excited. I thought, “What an opportunity to learn leadership lessons from the life of the legend himself!”

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Social Media is nothing new and if you are reading this post, you are already participating in social media. However, the book, Socialnomics – How Social Media Transforms The Way We Live And Do Business, is a fascinating, research-based look at the impact of social media on businesses and consumers around the world, and what's in store for the future.

Book Review - Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business

Brand names can now be strengthened or destroyed by the use of social media. It is more evident today if we just pay close attention to the way big companies are focusing on social media platforms. Advertising is less effective at influencing consumers than are the opinions of their peers, making direct-to-consumer marketing messages less valuable each day.

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Just a few weeks after I had finished reading and writing my book review on the awesome Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There, I had an opportunity to grab a copy of Bypassing NO in Business – Selling Your Ideas with Ease, an awesome new book by Vincent Harris and Harlan H. Goerger full of new body language and influence strategies to eliminate or reduce resistance to anything.

Bypassing NO In Business By Vincent Harris and Harlan Goerger

I love to read the research reports and I am very impressed at the first sight when I found out that this book was based on a 20 years of research work. And true to the claim, the book has distinct 30 new ideas spread across it’s well organized 30 little chapters with amazing illustrations.

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Intrigued by the title, I grabbed the opportunity to have the privilege of getting a copy of Risky Is The New Safe book for a review before it hit the stands on 30th of October, 2012.

Risky Is The New Safe By Randy Gage - Buy At Amazon

I finished reading the book and I totally, positively agree with the author, Randy Gage who powerfully explains how the disruptive technology and ever accelerating speed of change are changing the way things are done in the world today.

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If you are in any kind of business or employed where your job requires you to talk to and influence people, Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There, is a must have book for your personal library. You owe to yourself to read this book!

Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There - Book Review

This is another phenomenal story based book that goes straight into my library of all time favorites! I picked up this book last week and couldn't put the book down until the very last page. No wonder it made into the elite list of bestselling books on Amazon.

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Doing What Must Be Done by Chad Hymas, is the book I have been reading since last week as I mentioned in my last post, Positive Thinking – It Takes Work While Negative Is Automatic. Now that I have just finished the book, I must admit, I couldn't keep the book down until finished. If I had to take a break for any reason, I got restless until I got back to reading again.

Doing What Must Be Done by Chad Hymas

I am overwhelmed with the inspiration, the motivation and the positive thinking this book has pumped into my soul. It's an absolutely incredible story with absolutely incredible messages throughout the pages!

Chad Hymas, the author, is a world record wheelchair athelete with a new world record of wheeling his chair for 513 miles from Salt Lak City to Las Vegas in July 2003. He has been named "One of the 10 Most Inspirational People In The World" by the Wall Street Journal.  Chad is also the youngest ever to be inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame of the National Speakers Associations.

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