Sunday, September 20, 2009

Call to Honour....

I just love reading books. Since the last few years I have moved towards Indian authors and towards books which define the Middle East and India.  Books that define the way of life in the Middle East and the Asia.  I prefer reading non fiction and indian fiction.  It is not clear as to when I moved to the Asian literature and mainly Indian books.  I wan't aware that there were so many books of  Middle East and Indian origin.  I am a slow reader.  As I like internalising what I read.  The pace is slow... so many books to read.
I have been reading "Call to Honour" by Jaswant Singh.   The content is good as it does cover my political believes and that form the very strength of my being. 
It did clear some of cobwebs' from my past.  I have a firm dislike of poltitical parties which are religious based. Religion for me is what you practise at home and is me.  I don't think a political party is to be given a power to define my religious beliefs.  Therefore have never advocated political parties which do so.  Therefore have built a dislike towards parties such as RSS, BJP and Shiv Sena.  I have no tolerance towards any person, party or a religious organisation tell us what to do and how to conduct ourselves.  I have not given this authority to anyone and surely to any political party to decide as to how I should conduct myself.  Therefore dislike for BJP..  Reading Jaswant Singh's novel made a few things clear that everything is not always black and white. It is always easy to generalize and classify into good or bad.  The book is very clear that Jaswant's beliefs are not based on religious beliefs'.   There is a new respect for Jaswant Singh... that everything does not equate to Hinduism.   He is as secular as I pride my self to be...  You learn and you grow everyday.  Today was a day I learnt a important lesson. ... You live and you grow..everyday.

2 comments:

Patricia Torres said...

You truly live, grow & learn every day of your life for sure!! For a first post SK, this is way too serious...

I havent read the book, but have heard that your opinion about Jaswant Singh changes once you read the book. It is a secular India.. and instead of Hindutva... its humanity that we need to practice..

Keep blogging...

Rose said...

Nice first post Sunil - I enjoyed it. I'm a reader too and stories of the India gone by interest me greatly. Isn't it amazing how certain books and authors touch us so uniquely?
Keep blogging, I'll be back! : )