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Chanakya Neeti

Chanakya Neeti by Radhakrishnan Pillai

Only those names survive thousands of years, which touch millions of lives. Chanakya, the royal advisor of the Mauryan king Chandragupta Maurya is one such name that still inspires countless to pursue success and happiness. The ancient philosopher and economist Chanakya wasn’t just a brilliant kingmaker, but also a great teacher. To this day, Chanakya is revered for Arthashastra and Chanakya Neeti, the treatises he wrote on leadership and governance circa 3rd century CE. While Arthashastra empowered kings to expand their empires, Chanakya Neeti enabled the average individual to expand their mind, and find happiness and success.

Today, the legacy of Chanakya is alive in the works of Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai, who has effortlessly weaved the wisdom of Arthashastra and Chanakya Neeti with contemporary life and modern management.

In his latest book, Chanakya Neeti: Strategies for Success, the bestselling author has breathed new life into the verses of Chanakya Neeti, making them easy to relate to and apply to everyday life. From the edges of personal life to professional forefront, Chanakya Neeti: Strategies for Success brims with knowledge and wisdom to turn life goals and dreams into reality.

The verses touch different aspects of wealth—the ebb and flow of wealth, helping the unfortunate, keeping your feet on the ground, and the importance of philanthropy.


The book takes us through spiritual and worldly wisdom, a perspective on wealth, interpersonal relationships, the spirit of the times, and the dos and don’ts of life. Each chapter is sprinkled with verses of philosophical observations that explain how to become a better version of ourselves. The often cryptic verses are interpreted effortlessly by the author.

“The human mind is indeed; The cause of bondage and deliverance; The love of pleasure enslaves; But detachment liberates.” This verse talks about the mind as a friend or a foe; how it can guide to success or lead to disaster. The outcome depends on whether you are a slave of your mind or master of your thoughts. Dr Pillai further shares the power of meditation to sharpen focus and help carve a destiny of one’s choice.

The verses specific to wealth don’t just speak of the materialistic world, but of the true definition of wealth. Dr Pillai points out that bad habits such as sleeping late, not maintaining personal hygiene or using unethical means to make money don’t allow a person to become wealthy.

“Such wealth does not have any merit,” adds Dr Pillai. The verses touch different aspects of wealth—the ebb and flow of wealth, helping the unfortunate, keeping your feet on the ground, and the importance of giving.

Bit by bit, Dr Pillai talks about all crucial aspects of life—relationships, parenthood, the role of women in society, negativity and positivity. Chanakya Neeti: Strategies for Success has everything that a self-help book should have. What makes it different is the ease with which complex concepts are unravelled. Thoughts and ideas from 2000 years ago are far from easy to comprehend. Yet this latest offering by Radhakrishnan Pillai aligns them perfectly with the philosophical needs of the world today.

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