"A learned man and a king are not equal, as the former is respected everywhere, but the latter only in his own dominions." Canny, contemplative and courageous, Chanakya is known as one of India's most multifaceted and enduring gurus. His smart, sage advice, captured forever in the twin classic treatises - the Arthashastra and the Nitishastra-has both the detailing of a draughtsman and the wide-ranging wisdom of a genius. Scholar, teacher, visionary, political strategist, economic philosopher and royal adviser, Chanakya put forth invaluable lessons that changed the course of history. Humiliated by Dhana Nanda, the ruler of Magadha, Chanakya turned adversity into strength and challenged into opportunity. Through clever diplomatic maneuvers and wise confrontations, he choreographed young Chandragupta's ruse as the founder of the Mauryan empire, the first of its kind in power and territorial extent. Melding his knowledge with a shrewd observation of life, Chanakya outlined political and economic philosophies in a long-lasting body of pithy truths. And that is why, even centuries later, his work and his words matter in today's world. This book brings together the transformative incidents that shaped Chanakya's life, and his most important sayings. From his understating of the ideal way of life, you can learn to be a little like Chanakya.
-PLUS - * Flipbook-action page corner for a touch of fun * Timeline: A chronology of Chanakya's life * Bonus Teachings: A hundred tactical tips from Chanakya's treasury of wisdom
About the Author
Anu Kumar has a degree in history from Delhi University and has also specialized in human resource management at the XLRI School of Business. She writes for children as well as for older readers, and her short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She lives in the US with her husband and daughter.