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June 16, 2023


FR team

From previous publication of this FR

this is my favourite book. I bought it for my kid last year and it is interesting that he sees the book with a different perspective. Adults have much to learn from kids!

Posted by: JP | December 13, 2018 at 07:44 PM

Immensely thought provoking, particularly for a new mom like me..

Posted by: Debasree | December 13, 2018 at 08:39 PM

Beautiful and innocent renditions of matters-of-fact. The paras/dialogues quoted are very indicative of the essence.

As I understand, what makes biologically adult people narrow minded and rigid are their own fears/insecurities, most of which are tbe result of social-cultural-religious conditioning.

Lesser the degree of externally injected conditioning, the closer is the mind to Innateness.

Posted by: sujat | December 13, 2018 at 08:52 PM

It is one of my favorite books, with many memorable episodes, like the businessman who is so busy telling the prince how busy and important he is. If astronomy teaches men anything, it is how inconsequentially small we are in the grand universe. Also, how amateur our technologies are compared to mother nature. I am reminded of an old joke:

One day a group of scientists announced that they could now manipulate any DNA as they wished, even to create completely new life forms. Mankind had achieved the status of the gods!

So the scientists called out to the gods and said, "We no longer need to worship you. We've reached the point where we can clone people and do many miraculous things, without any help from deities."

The gods in Mount Olympus listened very patiently. After the scientist was done talking, they replied,
"Very well, then let us have a man-making contest. Show me how you can form a man out of only dirt."
The scientists agreed to the challenge and grabbed a few handfuls of dirt.
But the gods saw this and warned: "Oh no you don't! Go make your own dirt...First, you have to start by creating your own atoms and molecules!"

Posted by: Levi's | December 14, 2018 at 06:24 AM

Note from a friend from Costa Rica ( posted by FR team)
In 1985ish a friend had this book and loved it i was she was 9, I remember I hated trying to read the book it felt too complex to my simple brain so she rented the movie (on Betamax) oh what an awful movie I felt asleep.

Engineering brains don’t like poetry.

QThat same friend had an apple PC wow that was the thing to have I remember playing with it while she read books... thanks for the synopsis now finally I know what that book is about

Posted by: Note from a friend from Costa Rica ( posted by FR team) | December 14, 2018 at 10:15 AM

Humble Warrior

What I have learned the most from my kids (age 4 & 5) is empathy... I was so unaware and narrow minded of this emotion before I had them... My son said "kids are fragile- like legos, you have to be gentle with them" ... they teach me so much, I am grateful

PS thanks for the book Anand!

Posted by: Humble Warrior | December 14, 2018 at 02:56 PM


So true... thanks for sharing....have a great day..

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