16 June 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Sanatan Dharma: Vaidik Gateway To The Next Century by Manoj Singh (Book Review: 4.5*/5) !!!

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19th Book of 2021

 


There are very few authors who are not writing for their passion or hobby but for a mission – a mission to change something around them for a better future. Some authors write to find the change instantly and enjoy it happening in their course of life but there are few who are writing about implementations if performed even today will find its result long after they are gone from the world. Such authors are truly working towards a very big goal that you and I can’t even judge by what little bit we know about them. One such author I have observed since last few years is Manoj Singh. He has been a staunch believer of Sanatan Dharma and the practices it offers and his whole attitude is to spread it as much as possible and make people understand the benefit of adopting it.

 

I am just done reading his first major English release named “Sanatan Dharma” which comes with a tagline that says “Vaidik Gateway to the Next Century”. Before this, I have read Manoj Singh’s Hindi books such as “Vaidik Sanatan Hindutva” and “Main Aaryaputra Hoon” and really liked the concepts shared in them. This book is almost an English translation of “Vaidik Sanatan Hindutva” as I found many chapters which are exactly what I read in the Hindi book. This 312-pages book is going to be a great revolution in the English-reading audience as a book of this nature was missing from the picture till now. Whatever book we read on religion or dharma till now has been in fiction format where the authors have interpreted the story in their own way rather than telling it As It Is. Here, for the very 1st time, people are going to read a book which talks about why certain ancient rituals were performed and celebrated and what relevance it has for us.

 

Manoj Singh has very nicely drafted this book in 5 different parts where he sets a narrative on how Sanatan Dharma guides us in different sectors such as - Waste Culture of Science, Vaidik Aarya and Sanatan Culture, Nature in Sanatan Culture, Sanatan Jeevan Darshan and Challenges of the Modern Human World. Author discusses how Sanatan Dharma is generally perceived to be praying Idols or images of God and is thus, clueless, and stupid. He, then, clarifies how Sanatan always worshipped nature and everything that is celebrated or performed as festivals or rituals were always based on the movement of planets and change in climate. This is a perspective I have always read only through Manoj’s writing and no author has ever given such emphasis on the importance given to Nature by our religion or ancient culture ever.

 

Author picks up Saraswati river as an example and tells how it has got depleted due to everyone’s negligence towards rivers and waterbodies and now people consider it as a myth. Similarly, he says that all such big rivers etc. will get depleted one day and people will start believing that all those important aspects of our Nature are a myth. Author then talks on how noise pollution, waste management, population growth, overcrowding has further taken our planet to a stage where it’s becoming a dangerous one to live. Singh focuses on how all of us are become “Just Takers, Not Givers”. He picks up many examples to share and you will agree with almost all of them even if it sounds harsh and blunt. You end up realizing the truth with every chapter.

 

Author talks about many value systems Sanatan Dharma observed such as importance of agriculture, time management, sanskar systems, Yoga etc. Author then moves on to the 3rd section and gets into every festival, ritual and fasting that we keep and makes us understand why it is done. We know how our generation questions the logic behind everything we are asked to do in the name of rituals/festivals and unfortunately, even parents are not able to provide the proper reasoning in response. But, here, Manoj does it so beautifully that you would want to shout from the rooftop and tell everyone about your new awareness on why a particular festival is celebrated and clear everyone’s doubt. Author covers the important days of Sanatan Dharma such as no moon day, full moon day, solar and lunar eclipse, kuan pujan, tree worshipping, cow worshipping, shraddha, narmada parikrama, kumbh mela, Ekadashis, Mahashivratri etc. Author has also helped us understand the meaning of important mantras such as Mahamrityunjay Jaap and Gayatri Mantra.

 

Lastly, author discusses about the Jeevan Darshan, Vedas, Ahimsa, Dharma, Shanti and Indra which gives us the major crux of what Sanatan actually is. Author goes into a lot of detailing here too as he explains about type of religious texts, four great mantras of the Veda-Upanishads, basic principles of Sanatan, mythological statements, Om Shanti Mantra etc. In the end, before completing the book, Singh talks about how challenging it has become to follow the Dharma in future due to so many conflicts and wrong portrayals in the current scenario. Author makes us aware of the obstacles we will have to fight against to observe and carry forward the Sanatan Dharma and protect our planet before its too late.

 

Manoj Singh’s writing style is very simple unlike his Hindi books. I am glad he wrote a book in English because this has made it very easy for people not friendly with reading Hindi texts know about such important stuffs in comfortable language. The division of chapters and brief explanation makes even the complex concepts sound like simple facts. I must really mention here about the incredible research Manoj has undergone to bring such varied concepts compiled in a single book. Anyone of you who has been searching for the real origin or belief on which Hinduism or Sanatan Dharma stands should certainly pick this book as it has the essence which will clear many queries and doubts you had about this very popular religion and lifestyle.

 

Now talking about the drawbacks, firstly, as I have also mentioned it before, author becomes too critical of science and scientists. I believe he should take a little positive tone while writing because then the writing looks like a retaliation to someone’s statement and not something which you wanted to speak from your heart. Secondly, author repeats few things too much in multiple chapters. He needs to draft his beliefs more properly and ensure that once when he writes about it, it should be so strongly put that there’s no need to repeat it to make readers focus on it more. Thirdly, I find author gets confused at many places on what stand to take- Spiritual, Religious, Practical or Scientific which makes few explanations going haywire.

 

Overall, this is a very good book, and it has a lot of information for you to keep re-reading this book and get memorized with all of them to follow it regularly. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5. Please pick it up if you have always wanted to read something which is religious yet logical.


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WRITING BUDDHA 



15 June 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

What do we learn from Sushant Singh Rajput's Death :-( (Video)

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It has been an year since Sushant Singh Rajput left us. His short life of 34 years is enough to teach us some great life lessons and make us realize about how lazy we are that we never pursue our dreams due to procrastination.

 

Along with his life, even the way he left us teaches us a lot. Only the Legends are made of such stuff who end up teaching us something even while leaving.

 

Sushant Singh Rajput has been one such phenomena. I have created a video on his Death Anniversary on the lessons he gave us while leaving and I hope all of you would be able to relate with it.



Please watch and let me know about your feedback.

 

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WRITING BUDDHA


11 June 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Web-series: The Family Man Season 2: A very well-written and executed show! (4.75*/5)

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Well, when it is about web-series I have usually been behind than everyone around me. I am not someone who can manage to watch a series on the same day of its release whereas I find people posting about how cool the new season is on the same day. But one season that I was waiting desperately was The Family Man’s Season 2. Finally, it arrived after a long delay due to coronavirus and I managed to complete it just yesterday. I must say that the Season 1 was so excellent that I was sure that Season 2 might not give the same adrenaline rush as 1st but this one is too excellent. As I haven’t watched many series but whatever I have watched, I can say it confidently that this is one of the rare shows which has a better Season 2 than the 1st one.

 

Well, this time the series has moved from Pakistan to the enemies sitting against our country in the Southern part of India which is influenced by a LTTE kind of organization which has sympathy of all the Tamilian race living in the region. This makes it far too difficult for TASC to go, investigate, win against all and come back. Our main hero, Shrikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) has left TASC and settled for an IT job to save his marriage life. He is still irritated with his wife’s attitude towards him as nothing is still going smooth between them. They are even visiting a councillor lately to save their marriage. But he keeps interacting with his friend JK (Sharib Hashmi) who is still with TASC and keeps updating him about what is going on internally.

 

One day, finally, Shrikant joins the team and moves to Chennai and the mission becomes stronger. From the 4th episode onwards, the show changes its gears after creating a very solid foundation in the first 4. You are now excited to watch how Shrikant is going to manage this totally new situation which seems to be powerful and difficult than the last one. By now, you also get to know what happened with the Orion Chemical scenario in Delhi where we were left in middle in the previous season. All of this is portrayed very brilliantly. As soon as Raji (Samantha) enters the scene, the show again becomes impactful with the kind of attitude and fighting spirit she brings in with herself as a villain. And when both the parties come face to face, mind you, you are not going to think about anything else but what is going to happen next.

 

I liked the way the writers of The Family Man have written both the seasons. It happens so slowly yet so fast that you can feel the excitement, yet you feel that you are at peace. Even when the show involves multiple characters, they don’t confuse you by moving the screenplay too much. Even if you haven’t watching a Spy thriller earlier, this show and season is something you would love to start your journey towards this complex world of creativity. The dialogues are also very crisply written where the writers know how much intensity and humour must be added in which scene to make it a perfect recipe. You can even notice the way different character abuses differently. Haha!

 

The background music is another betterment over other series I have seen. You will find Indian instruments being used even when a powerful action scene would be going on. This is so cleverly executed. Basically, all the departments in this series have amalgamated so well that it has taken the show to another level. Now talking about the performances, I must say that the way Manoj Bajpayee has acted in this series, you will just not be able to differentiate his reel self from his real self. For me, Bajpayee is Shrikant Tiwari forever- on or off camera. Sharib Hashmi as JK is so good that even when he is not a Maharashtrian, the way he has transformed his personality, speech and humor sense makes you believe that he is from proper Mumbai itself.

 

Samantha who plays the major villain in this series is just too powerful. You will remember her for life after watching her here. I had seen her movie “Makkhi” a decade back in the theatre and I loved her so much that I have seen most of her South movie trailers online just to see most of her. Seeing her in this avatar made me feel so unbelievable that how can that sweet girl look and behave like this. This tells the kind of acting she has done. All the other actors including Priyamani, Sharad Kelkar, Sunny Hinduja, Mehak Thakur, Seema Biswas etc. are also very good in their parts and only makes the episodes better with their powerful presence.

 

Talking about the very few drawbacks that the season really has, I must say, that the show faces language barrier. Few scenes have Tamil speaking characters which aren’t translated in Hindi for the Hindi audiences and vice-versa. The Season 1 has Hindi and other languages’ subtitles, but I don’t know why the makers didn’t include in this one. It is seriously needed. Secondly, I felt that the show becomes little slow in between after Shrikant has to leave for Mumbai in between but it is again for a very short while otherwise it escalates further immediately after few scenes. Lastly, I was expecting a lot of action and suspense in the climax because of the Police Station action scene which takes place in between the series. I had thought we would get to see something more magical in the end, but it wasn’t as effective as the Police station one.

 

Summarizing, this is one of the best and unmissable piece of work. The Family Man, overall, as a show will remain to be my favorite after The Special Ops - always. I give it 4.75 stars out of 5. Please do watch keeping everything aside for a while.




 

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WRITING BUDDHA