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The book written by Mr. Ravishankar Ayyakkannu Titled ‘Duty! Dignity! Discipline!’ could be splendidly claimed as the first of its kind. Though the cultural and trade connections between the Greeks and Tamils are well established the scholars had not done enough research on the temporal comparison of their scholarships and philosophies. This book will throw some light upon such dark corners.
In general, philosophies are widely seen as a text of boredom due to its intricate nature. But, in this book, he has attempted to compare the Stoicism with Tamil Sangam (particularly Thirukkural) and Dravidian Political Times. It will usurp the attention of any reader to think at angular perspective on the events of Dravidian Politics as well as our hoary Sangam Society.
To simplify the narration, he has used real time events like his own life experiences and events that have been seen by anyone on day to day basis. Therefore, it grasps the involvement of the readers.
Some chapters are having bunch of simple questions which is a mark of the stoic methodology to nurture and develop oneself by seeking the truth or exploring the fundamentals without filling the mind with dogmatic fantasies.
It is not mere a comparison of literatures and quotes by Anna, Kalaingnar but the way of life and practices of the then society and our contemporary Dravidian Polity which has its outstanding civilisational connection. The recent genetic studies of Rakhigarhi has affirmed the Dravidan Legacy.
As the author said, it is not a complete research work on the subject concerned but a spark enough for further exploration. It is a book which has to be celebrated for its crisp, thought provoking and lucid prose.
Devoid of media influence, current gen and the older generation needs a clear picture of what it is to hav A Dravidian outlook - prioritising society than self .. good effort as intro of great visionary leaders who shaped the TN.. . miles to go for the fb warriors to realise their path
This book is a short introduction to stoicism vis-a-vis the Dravidian movement. The authors sums up the essence of stoicism and draws parallels between the Greek school of thought and Dravidian thought. His choice of anecdotes and examples from the lives of Anna and Kalaignar are apt, educational and interesting.
Before reading the book, I was wondering how the author is going to reconcile the fatalism that is inherent to classical stoicism. There is a chapter about fatalism in the book and it does a good job in defining fate as that which occurs inevitably in nature as opposed to the man-made occurrences.
The book will serve as a wonderful starting point for anyone who's interested not just in stoicism and its Dravidian ubiquity, but for those who want to live a better, fruitful life.
The book titled "Duty, Dignity and Discipline" which is Peraringar Anna's famous quote contains a brief introduction to Stoicism. Parellely it compares the Dravidian leaders and their thoughts with Greek philosophers. The book clearly portraits how Dravidian leaders led their life following Thirukkural and their sky high thoughts. Though it is tough to follow, we should try to follow some of the thoughts given here. All the best author Ravishankar Ayyakannu!
This book is one of its kind. It is hard for an atheist to find a philosophy book that doesn’t contain superstitious believes and irrational religious arguments. This book fills that vacant space. It talks about the stoicism of Tamil culture. This book addresses how moral and nature based philosophical views for life would eliminate the need for religious superstition and the perils that come with it. Author quotes Sangam literatures and Greek philosophy to prove the above mentioned point.
I liked the narrative style of this book. It is written in simple but at the same time classical Tamil. This is both refreshing and interesting to read. I really recommend this book!
It is amazing book. Many philosophy books available in internet are related to religious or superstitious. This is not philosophy book , but it is just key to know. Author Ravi Anna is always inspiring and explained Tamilian's philosophy with our poets and leaders. Keep writing more books Anna. Congratulations.
What a lovable book! If you know stoicism and the Dravidian leaders then it will give you a goosebumps moments for sure. It contains a lot of lessons as a small passages that to be followed in our real life to lead a great and virtuous life!
This book shows a new ways of hope in Tamil way of living which can be compared to ancient civilized Roman. Yes we are more civilized than Romanian’s.We can compare their quotes with our couplets and we had people who follows couplets 2000 years back.
Yes we are Tamils from Dravidian stock.
Must have book and induced to me to read more about Stoicism.