Chetan Bhagat, better known for his fiction novels,  stands as publisher’s delight.  He  is  special to me. because, he  believed himself as a writer which led him for  leaving plum investment banker job  to settle as writer.   


Chetan Bhagat over the years earned reputation as a Youth Writer. So whatever comes from his pen  becomes instant success and youth read him more than any other age group.   His style is very simple  and I felt that much of his writings are driven by economics and politics.    He  is a mass writer and  knows the pulse of youngsters.   


This book depicts his take on very contentious issues plaguing the society and his writing was aimed at youth to bring   a positive change in the governance.  


LPitroda said that there is no dearth of problems in India and what we need is courage and conviction to fight for larger good.  Before expecting societal transformation, it is individual’s stereotypic chalta hai mindset  that needs to be changed.   Internet with  free flow of information already brought considerable change, but a lot needs to be done and it is people's  combined will that would transform the face of India.


Public luminaries   are  armed with sound academic credentials must influence India’s thought process.  What they  articulate through their writings and other forums must be heard  by those in Power and let us hope that brighter  days are ahead if we could  ensure cent percent literacy in the country which is still an uphill task.

With this note, I recommend you to  buy  this book to inject patriotic fervour into your veins !



My idea to call it  Black Book is basically of its importance accorded to my ideas, feelings and pent up emotions which have so far not find their place but are lurking in my mind and obstructing my progress both in personal and professional life.

Abu Bakr, the trusted advisor and close friend of Prophet Muhammad rightly said that knowledge without action is futile.  Rote learning is of no avail to you.  Keeping hordes of information will not come to your aid.  Wisdom is not something to please others.  Result oriented action is of utmost importance.   Giving sermons will not put you on higher pedestal.   You must reduce  your knowledge into action.

In fact,  this concept  of opening a Black Book came to me on one fine morning  on 25th May, 2014.   In fact this Black Book is my heart poured out on paper.  Psychologists say that when you reduce your desire to write, it gives a new thrust to your action mind.  My Black Book is a kind of  journal.  I don't necessarily write everyday.   When I flip through the written pages, I not only get   new insights to accomplish my goals,  but  learn a lot from my disasters/failures crawled over the years.

As mentioned,  the goals of my life are broadly categorized into six :

1) Physical fitness goals : Healthy life (disease free)
2) Intellectual Goals : Motivational speaker/ Knowledge sharer
3) Children career goals : Worthy of society
4) Financial Goals : Wealth at comfortable level
5) Family welfare and relationship goals - Lovable, Good Samaritan
6) Philanthropic goals : Silently do without publicity

I believe that the above goals are not only meant for me but for everyone who want to walk on the path of success !



When you are in creative mood, even the prose you are going to write gushes out like poetry.  Your  right brain takes over and do the wonders.  All these wonders happen only in solitary walks.

Do you know what's your  79th organ. Let me say ! You have 78 organs in your body, the Google Maa says.  And here is a recent addition : Mobile.  It stealthily added to your body and settled as super organ due to which hell broke loose with the kind of distractions being made.

The company of mobile phone becomes so obsessive and  compulsive  in today’s life and you can easily loose your cool.  No doubt that this gadget makes you  multi-tasking and put you in the centre of activity with all digital resources at  your beck and call.

It is so difficult  to  imagine our lives without mobile phone  in today’s world even for   a single moment. But  it severely distracts you and  mars your creativity, and pushes to different directions.  The best way to deal with the situation is remove this  phantom organ and then enjoy your solitary walks.

I,  being sick of keeping this organ (cell phone) 24x7,  one day left it at home and went to the near park to take  my 'morning walk'. Immediately, when I took my first stride, an air of freedom permeated my system.  Honestly, this phone keeps your amygdala - emotional hub of your brain - tormented.

When I entered the park, after a few steps my heart felt  to put to pen my inner canvas. Soon enough, I sat down on a side bench and started writing on the empty pages of a book which was taken to read.

The real joy started when two stray dogs started jumping, licking and caressing each other in front of  me reminding   the 'music' inside all  of us.  I know that many of the folks  are too busy to look such scenes in the din of daily routine.

By the time, I wrap up this passage, still the dogs dance was going on and I called one of the dogs and caressed it's head   ruminating my childhood moments with my pet dog !



In good olden days, it was mirror that catered our self-glorification and now it is Selfie.  

There is nothing wrong to make it as an obsession. When you post your selfie on social media, it means you are clamoring for attention which is understandable and is a basic human need.

My younger daughter when she was in class 9 was  a bit obsessed with  selfies.  She used to change her Whatsapp profile picture now and then.  More than that, she takes selfies and show us to  extol herself.  Anchoring is her passion.  Most of the time, she used to stand in front of mirror and rehearses her acts.

I read an interesting article written by  a women   in a prominent newspaper where she admonished her obsession with selfies. My reading reaction immediately felt to give my take on the issue.

When it comes to selfies, I want to make it clear that there is no abnormality associated with selfies.  In this internet age, everyone is content-generator and this free flow of information parades the inner canvas of a person which  is otherwise conjured up, in the din of daily routine.

Blogging is a social-networking platform where you can liberally share your views/image and candidly air your views virtually on anything.  It is a forum to ventilate your creative stuff locked up inside your mind. It is not wrong to think so.   Everybody wants to give his/her own sermon on life / issues they come across or experiences.  The quality of their argument/thought is based on their upbringing, their environment  and the people they live with.

Seeking outside validation for our talents is nothing abnormal.  In HRD (Human Resource Development) parlance, it is called Strokes.  In fact, it will help to fine-tune those talents.  In fact your mind is able to synthesize all your experiences to beam back a formidable lesson not only to you for future actions,  but  seek applaud from  like-minded people.   All this can't be viewed in bad light.  Taking selfie and putting in social media is not an alien concept.  In fact,  selfie is the younger sibling of blogging.

Whenever, you get positive comments on your selfie,  your self takes a bulge and you feel propelled.  This instant-gratification is a magic pill that must be swallowed.  That's why selfie becomes a mania from teenagers to country heads.

I feel that taking selfies and instantly sharing with friends  on social media can't be dismissed as neurosis.  All of us want to be bloated-selves before others.  This is the depth psychology.  One need not feel guilty for taking selfies.  Only the bottom point is that indulgence should not go to fanatic levels and the very awareness put you on check. The moment you are aware that you slipped into dangerous obsession, it would bring you back to normalcy.  To protect you from such behaviour,  take introspection of a day's affairs before you retire to sleep.  Raise your self to a level where other's  laurels don't matter much and your own savouring of moments  pay the rewards.