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Tech savvy Indians can be surprisingly unscientific in their daily lives Think of the crores spent every year remodelling homes according to vaastu in the hope of changing luck; and the continued horrors of female infanticide because it is only the s. Disclaimer This review is based on half the book since I never got around to finishing it I picked this one up because the title was intriguing and I suppose I thought it would be something like Freakonomics in that the authors would pick up a superstition and then maybe explain or theorise the rationale behind it and debunk it While that is the general premise they take a very long time to get to the point It starts off easily enough but then slowly develops the tone and tenor of a textbook droning on and lulling you into a torpor with its increasingly technical or verbose prose Which is a shame because the intentions that put this book out are very very worthwhile indeed In a country steeped in superstition in the guise of rites and rituals the authors mantra of scientific temper is a laudable goal Unfortunately the way the book is structured the only ones likely to read it are those whose thinking is already in agreement with the authors and not those who really need to ponder the points raised

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Take the way we go about buying a new car We identify an auspicious date and time then proceed to break a coconut plonk a plastic deity of Ganesha on the dashboard and zoom off at great speed refusing to wear our seatbeltsSupposedly educated smart and. Very insightful

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On who can help the father’s journey to heaven This unsparingly critical scathingly analytical book points out the shocking lack of scientific temper among the vast majority of Indians and how this holds us up as a nation in the twenty first century. Its a good book but becomes repetitive especially in the last few pages Some good points are made on how Indian s are less scientific in their temperament despite being well educated Some points are well elaborated which are good to know Lots of arguments made about the reason are practical which most of us would have figured out but its good to read them and feel validatedI am sure the book will broaden one s view about religion and superstition and prove to be a good read

  • Paperback
  • 253
  • Ganesha on the Dashboard
  • V. Raghunathan
  • English
  • 12 October 2018
  • 9780143417217

10 thoughts on “Ganesha on the Dashboard

  1. says:

    An interesting piece of non fictionthat my opinion found resonating to the DNA review saddening but delightful uite a paradox one might wonder but it makes up what this book really is Informative uirky and at times funny the book throws light at some of the extreme superstitions of Indians and the shocking lack o

  2. says:

    Was not able to read after a certain point its all about Hinduism bashing

  3. says:

    Very insightful

  4. says:

    Disclaimer This review is based on half the book since I never got around to finishing it I picked this one up because the title was intriguing and I suppose I thought it would be something like 'Freakonomics' in that the

  5. says:

    The book highlights how it is mainstream in India to lack scientific temper It is amazing how we can comfortably operate in silos be really smart and logical about some things and then resort to magical thinking about others Magical thinking especially applies in what the author calls the 'God of gaps' where science has yet to provide an answer and we are free to make up our own realityThe author also analyzes Hindusi

  6. says:

    The book comes across negative than informative This is unfortunate because there is a wealth of information in the book that could have been easily spun in a positively influencing tone I believe there may be a fair sense of disenchantment in the authors in watching many people educated not indulging in acts practices that contradict their version of common sense An interesting read nevertheless

  7. says:

    The book attempts to explain some of the idiosyncrasies of Indians and succeeds at some but fails miserably at others The authors' ow

  8. says:

    As a work of non fiction and putting the Indian culture and ethos into context this book does a fine job; even though I would argue that there is a lot of repetition and lecturing in the narrativeI did enjoy reading it as it made me

  9. says:

    Its a good book but becomes repetitive especially in the last few pages Some good points are made on how Indian's are less s

  10. says:

    A wonderful book one every Indian must read and learn from The only flaw uite minor I assure you in such a good effort is that it tends to hammer its point every couple of pages or so like a hectoring but repetitious autho

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