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    In his book “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”, from the beginning till the end, the author has not shifted his attention away from how one can take steps for making his life meaningful. He has successfully established that one cannot afford to keep oneself at the centre of the things and neglect the existence of others (human beings) while making efforts for one’s survival with minimal difficulties and sufferings. The good part of the book is that the author has strictly avoided any kind of insistence on the thoughts he picked up and placed before the reader in different chapters of the book. Instead, he suggested, repeatedly, that the reader must ponder over the things himself before drawing any conclusion. Wherever he has used words of well known philosophers or thoughts from ancient Indian Philosophy, he used them to give a direction to a discussion but, never for proving a point. The inferences that have appeared in the book are the outcome of the natural flow without any turbulence of thought currents generated by the author. That is why even a careful reading of the book seeds a distinct thought of collective benefit of physical, intellectual and spiritual nature in the reader. The book must be read; perhaps, more than once; to bring about meaningful changes in one’s personal philosophy. One may start viewing things differently and more positively.
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    Helps to view a larger picture of life.

    “In Search of Our Wonderful Words” helped me to view the larger picture of life. Yes, I think we waste major part of our lives in trying to earn the extra money to buy pain. No doubt, it is impossible to lead a life that has no pain; but, why should one mindlessly try to earn an extra buck to buy some extra pain? The book discusses basic issues that we hardly think about. For instance, where the extra buck that we make to buy pain, come from? Doesn’t it come from someone else’s pocket that is weaker than us? Is it not true that in the process of trying to make ourselves happy we make others unhappy; and, we together, live unhappily thereafter? The book does not try to prove a point; that no one should try to do it, considering the complexities of modern life; but, it raises a valid point, perhaps many points, that are equally valid. The author attempts to make the reader think for himself if the solution lies in thinking rightly, conducting accordingly and then trying to learn as to how to communicate with others urging them to make a joint effort to effect a change in the right direction. Nowhere the author says that it is easy. He says, “It is not impossible, provided we learn to be concerned about each other.” The great thing about the book is that it is not an intellectual effort based on poor and mistaken assumptions to tell the reader to go to the left or to the right. He tells the reader to align his intellect with the universal intelligence of surviving purposefully for the others and meaningfully for self. The modern world needs books like this one; this alone, makes it a 5-STAR book. VAISHNO KASODHAN
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    The book is not a casual reading.

    At one place in his book the author says, “The man is hurting the whole body of which he is an infinitesimal part. With his desire to please himself and himself alone, will he ever be happy? “Perhaps No”, I do not hesitate to say.” Whether the author raises questions and answers them, goes in details of how he understood the things being discussed, quotes others to build arguments or simply narrates his thoughts; one thing is sure that he tries to stay with his readers throughout his book. It is not only the man’s intelligence but also his ability to transmit his thought to others that has helped him in making unimaginable progress. While the man has made tremendous material progress he has created such problems for himself that are extremely difficult to solve. The author gently touches the theories connected with life but immediately thereafter goes in details of human thoughts and conduct. He gradually gets closer and closer to the idea that unless the man is concerned about his fellow human beings and the nature that envelops him no real progress is possible. In his book the author lays great emphasis on man’s duty to influence his surroundings with his thoughts and deeds that benefit, at least, his immediate surroundings. That part of ‘influencing the others’, according to the author is the right type of expressive ability of man. The author infers that there is much that can be explored in man’s relation with his society; and if an ordinary human being could seek some beauty in such relationship, happiness for many would be the by-product. I admit that I have read the book rather quickly trying to comprehend as much as possible, for some academic purpose. These days such books are not written in plenty. My first impression is that the book is extremely useful. It helped me think what I have never been thinking. Although categorized as ‘Philosophy’ and ‘Religion’ it is a useful book for young students like me who are about to enter into the ‘routines of modern adult’ who is concerned about himself, and himself, to live unhappily thereafter. One who tries to learn by his efforts must read it. Radhika

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