Reading Hard Choices, the book by Hillary Clinton

The most boring book:

Hard choices is a boring book. Hard Choices is more like the official diary of lady Clinton. Rather it is an appointment book of madam Clinton. It is a book about her engagements all all over the world with different politicians and heads of the state. It is a testimony of confession that United Nation has no role in the world except as a NGO to provide charitable supplies and not the the political solutions.

I wonder how many times the word ‘I’ must have been used in this book. I also wonder if this book makes a record of maximum number of ‘I’s in the book.

The book takes us to various problems faced by different countries around the world at the time when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state of United States of America. As she nicely put it:

“America’s leadership in the world resembles a relay race. A Secretary, a President, a generation are all handed the baton and asked to run a leg of the race as well as we can, and then we hand off the baton to our successors.”

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Happy Diwali 2019

दीपावली की शुभकामनाएं।

नव वर्ष २०७६ संवत की शुभकामनाएं।

Happy Deepawali 2019.
Happy New Year 2076.

May the lights of Diwali diyas fill your life with more prosperity, health, happiness, and everything that brings you joy! Wish you and your entire family a very happy Diwali!

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामया।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चित् दुःखभाग् भवेत्।।

सभी सुखी रहें, रोगमुक्त रहें, मंगलमय के साक्षी बनें और किसी को भी दुःख का भागी न बनना पड़े।

इन्हीं मंगलकामना के साथ दीपावली की असीम शुभकामनाएं।

Akbar, the Mughal Emperor, was a vegetarian!

Akbar was born in Umarkot (Amarkot), a province in Sindh now in Pakistan. It’s local Language is Dhatki which is one of the Rajasthani languages of the Indo-Aryan language family. It is most closely related to Marwari language of Marwar India. Incidently the Umarkot, even today is ruled by a Hindu King i.e. Rana Hameer Singh Shoda. Here is an interview with him:

The biography of Akbar has been compiled by Vincent A. Smith and was published in 1917 by Oxford at the Clarendon Press. In this book (at page 333 onward) he has given  details of taste and preferred cuisine of Akbar in these words:

Akbar was extremely moderate in his diet, taking but one substantial meal in the day, which was served when-ever he called for it, not at any fixed hour. The variety of dishes placed at his disposal was of course great, and they were presented with appropriate magnificence and elaborate precautions against poison.

  • He cared little for flesh food, and gave up the use of it almost entirely in the later years of his life, when he came under Jain influence. The following sayings of his deal with the subject:

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