Book review: Chanakya’s 100 Best Sutras

If any bookworm is hovering at the bookstores to sort out their true readings, Chanakya’s 100 Best Sutras is in town. It will be the right choice, indeed, for a few reasons.

The sutra showcases valuable guidance and insight to navigate life’s complexities with wisdom, understanding, and faith. Moreover, it also offers teachings on life, governance, finance and human behaviour.

It is strong proof that Radhakrishna Pillai is a profound writer who has been well defined by the time when a reader turns his 100 short stories with complete perseverance that is derived from Chanakya’s 100 Best Sutras. Chanakya is not a strange name, but he is fond of exploring his wisdom, which focuses on resilience and adaptability in adversity in particular.

About the book

This book watermarks the timeless wisdom that comes from the underlying principles of the ancient Indian philosopher Chanakya. The book unveils leadership, people management, nexus repairing, career development, training, pe and rewarding, effective planning, wealth management, due diligence and lifelong lessons.

The book’s short statements capture reflective truths and make them easy for readers to understand and remember. Sutras such as “Never force anyone to accept your views” (sutra 12), “Begin now, don’t wait for mahurat” (sutra 64) and “Always finish what you start” (sutra 66) present Chanakya as a rational thinker who appreciated individual autonomy, practical action and continuous commitment to goals.

His teachings often revolve around effective leadership, strategic thinking and personal behaviour, reflecting his deep understanding of human nature and society. Chanakya also provides readers with a comprehensive guide to navigate the complexities of existence by guiding various aspects of life, management and personal conduct.

The analysis

The Chanakya Sutra summarises the teachings of the ancient Indian philosopher Chanakya, covering leadership, ethics, and personal development. Each sutra is organised by topic and offers timeless wisdom in small formats that encourage reflection and self-examination.

Despite its ancient origins, the book’s principles are still relevant and applicable in today’s society, offering practical advice for dealing with life’s challenges. Although the simplicity of the sutras makes them easy to understand, it also leaves room for interpretation, and some readers may find that some principles differ from culture to culture or need updating.

However, understanding the Chanakya Sutra may require considering the historical and cultural context in which it was written. But by accepting and applying Chanakya’s teachings, readers can experience personal growth and transformation.

Personal response

When I finished exploring every page of this book, I was amazed at the valuable knowledge and teachings I received. I find a deep personal resonance in Sutra 12, which says: “Never force anyone to accept your opinions.

This sutra represents the essence of individual autonomy and respect for diversity of thoughts. Each person has a unique perspective shaped by their experiences and beliefs, and sharing one’s opinions with others ignores their independence. It undermines the richness of diverse perspectives that foster meaningful conversation and growth.

This book is inspirational as it teaches us to embark on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment and encourages us to overcome life’s complexities with wisdom, integrity and determination.


When readers encounter “Chanakya’s 100 Best Sutras”, it enriches their intellect. Although some avid readers can be sceptical of the book’s applicability to modern life, others will be inspired to think deeply about their beliefs and values.

Despite the context requirements, the essence of Chanakya’s teachings is still contextual and appurtenant today. World In short, “Chanakya’s 100 Best Sutras” is a robust reminder of the universal importance of ancient wisdom and the potential for personal growth when applied to our daily lives at present too.

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Paudel is a BBA student at Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM).

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