Think with Me: Fundamentals for Making Our Country Ideal by Subrata Roy – Book Review

Think with Me: Fundamentals for Making Our Country Ideal

BY: SUBRATA ROY

Synopsis:

“When we see the problems related to political leadership, population growth, education, the media and religion going from bad to worse, a natural question comes up in our minds. Where, after all, did we go wrong? What happened during our democratic journey of independent India that we are faced with nasty problems on all these fronts? Why couldn’t we teach people occupying places of responsibility that rights are given to perform your genuine duties, not to serve your personal whims, false ego and greed?”

It is the author’s firm belief that if the problems related to the above five fundamental issues continue to be as they are, the nation will be hit by a crisis of unimaginable proportions, our national edifice would crumble and everything that our leaders had valued and held sacred for the love of the country before independence, would be lost forever. So, the author, through a deep-seated and thought provoking commentary on these issues invites you to think along with him and ponder over them honestly and sincerely. While going through the book, you may come across points where you differ with the author but in the end, you will be convinced that to make our country ideal, the need is for a wider awakening on the issues as discussed in the book.

Book Review:

I wanted to read the book hoping to get some nice initiatives by Mr. Roy towards development of our country and fellow countrymen. However, after reading the book I was highly disappointed at the final outcome and the content of the book. Whatever things and moral suggestions have been given in the book are more or less known to everyone. Most of us know how about the things being said in the book. What I had expected was some steps by this renowned businessman of India to work towards them and put some solid ideas for them.   But I was so sorry to read the thoughts and the way they were portrayed with some harsh remarks on the people of India and the country itself.

Some of the points may seem reasonable but the big question is, “Is it enough to jot down the shortcomings and the steps needed to overcome the problems that too from such a responsible citizen of India? The need of the hour is to get up and work towards achieving a great future with the help of inclusive and sustainable growth.

The book comprises of five sections, each discussing five major problems of India:

  1. Electoral system and leadership
  2. Population
  3. Education system
  4. Media
  5. Religion

However, mere putting down the thoughts, that too in a mocking way and sometimes in an exaggerated manner, is not enough. I failed to understand the purpose of the book. What are we going to achieve by reading this? The book is neither inspiring nor encouraging. Overall a below average read for me.

Coming to the language of the book, I was highly disappointed to notice so many grammatical errors. The book is full of such errors which break the flow of the read. The cover is nice and the style of the book with an additional jacket over the cover enhanced its beauty.

All in all a disappointing read for me.

** I received a review copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. **

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