The forward was excellent but the essays were bright in spots but generally bland and insipid. I felt a lack of in depth analysis or even good conclusions in most essays. For most part it read like a news paper, reporting a summary of events. May be each topic discussed could form a book by itself! Somehow, at the end of it I felt justice has not been done to the topic of secularism as a creed born out of Nehruvian policies, communist and socialist ideologies. The foreword by David Frawely was more interesting and gripping than the essays. Even the prologue was very crisp and stunning. The episodes from Mahabharata were appropriate for the situation. The way to interpret our vast treasure house of scriptures and other works has been well explained and clearly brings out why translations and interpretations by westerners/ western educated Indians cannot bring out the essence. Over all the saving grace is that the essays can be read in any order and one can choose and pick.