Chanakya in Daily Life
Simplifying Chanakya’s teachings, Radhakrishnan Pillai in his latest book “Chanakya in Daily Life” (Rupa) inspires the readers to apply Chanakya’s lessons in their daily lives. As the back cover of the book mentions, “Covering all aspects of life from the personal to the professional, it will tell you everything from how to begin your day to how to end it, how to choose the right job, stay financially secure, have a happy married life, raise your children the right way, achieve the perfect work-life balance and much more.” He divides the book into three sections: personal life, professional life and family life and then explains how a reader can follow Chanakya’s lessons in these three domains. He inspires the readers to follow their hearts and work hard to achieve their dreams.
Chanakya was the chief advisor to Chandragupta Maurya and Pillai had been researching Chanakya’s books Kautilya’s Arthashastra and Chanakya Niti extensively for 15 years. His extensive research led him to write these books on Chanakya. “Chanakya can be a heavy topic and people start feeling disconnected,” Pillai says as he explains the choice of the subject. He wishes to bridge the gap between the readers and Chanakya’s lessons through his books. Here in 69 chapters, he covers a multitude of topics and believes one should be confident while following Chanakya’s tips to achieve their dreams. “You should have lot of self confidence but your self confidence should not become overconfidence. There is a thin line between the two. You can become successful in life by maintaining a balance.” There are sections of the book that discuss women’s rights. “Everyone cannot be equal but everyone can be unique. Why should men and women be equal when they can be unique? Chanakya always believed in equal rights for men and women. In ‘Arthashastra’, it’s more about respecting each gender than believing that one gender is superior over the other.”
Pillai has written several books on Chanakya such as Corporate Chanakya and Chanakya’s 7 Secrets of Leadership. In Chanakya in Daily Life, Pillai covers many topics outside of one’s professional life. The response to the book has been positive so far. “All my books are successful because they can be read by an eight-year-old as well as an 80-year-old because of the uncomplicated language.” Apart from being an author, Pillai is a Deputy Director at University of Mumbai.
When asked about the things he keeps in mind while writing, Pillai explains how the readers and their interests are his priority and therefore he tries to explain Chanakya’s philosophy as simply as he can. He elaborates, “I keep it in mind how will the readers be able to understand Chanakya and his philosophy. Therefore my book has to be simple and readable. My book should connect across generations. And since I have done a lot of research on Chanakya, it has to be based on him and his philosophy.” Most of Pillai’s books have a philosophical or a spiritual base. “I am basically in the field of management and leadership and all the books pertaining to this field fascinate me.” Some of his favourite authors are Stephen Covey who penned “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Swami Chinmayananda who worked on Indian scriptures and Anthony de Mello whom he calls “one of the finest storytellers”.
Life is unpredictable and full of challenges. One wrong step and everything can come crashing down. In such a scenario, one often wishes for a roadmap of life, but how is that possible? Bestselling author Radhakrishnan Pillai’s much-anticipated book, Chanakya in Daily Life, will help you navigate the rough seas of life and stay on course. Covering all aspects of life from the personal to the professional, it will tell you everything from how to begin your day to how to end it, how to choose the right job, stay financially secure, have a happy married life, raise your children the right way, achieve the perfect work-life balance and much more. Like always, Pillai decodes and simplifies the visionary king-maker Chanakya’s teachings from the Arthashastra and Chanakya Niti to provide solutions for any problem that might crop up in any aspect of your life. Thus, Chanakya in Daily Life is the perfect guru who expects only one thing from the shishya—a willingness to learn.
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