Arthashastra, or, The Playbook of Material Gain (Annotated): A 2,300-year-old guide on politics, statecraft and power

Truly radical "Machiavellianism", in the popular sense of that word, is classically expressed in Indian literature in the Arthashastra of Kautilya (written long before the birth of Christ, ostensibly in the time of Chandragupta): compared to it, Machiavelli's The Prince is harmless.
— Max Weber, Politics as a Vocation (1919) More

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About Chirag Patel

In general, I'm a writer. Not of anything in particular; just a writer, doing whatever will earn a buck or provide a bit of passing interest. With experience in writing, web design, marketing, journalism, teaching, project management, and various other fields, my writing covers an broad range of well-researched, carefully thought-through content.
I once had quite a bohemian vision of writing, but ended up writing news, features, travelogues, business and academic articles, and really rather a lot of web content. There's no writing challenge like finding an interesting and engaging way to describe chamfered steel plates...
This has led to some unfortunately disappointing situations, in which some bright young thing will hear I'm a writer and ask how, expecting there to be some great secret. When I tell them 'write whatever anyone will let your write, or pay you for writing; then do that for ten years and you might be able to make a sort of living out of it.'
It's not inspirational, but it does have the great advantage of being true. Learning to take an interest in mundane things, then making them interesting for others, is a great way of improving one's skills.

Aside from my writing and design work, my main project is Feeding The Self, an NGO I started in 2011. The idea of FTS was to teach school content in the garden, without textbooks or tests. We get rural schoolchildren to learn what their schoolwork actually means by showing it to them in practice, and getting food at school and home as a bonus.

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