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Famous Faces Famous Speeches


Well how many times in the current world do you get treasure, which you cannot count for just Rs. 200.00? Yes its very rare. But I got it when I bought and read this book. The book contains the collection of about 90 speeches and various quotes from the famous people of the last century with their small introductory biography. The book is divided in four quarters of last century. And it covers nearly all the people who made the last century.

The first speech of the first quarter starts from Swami Vivekananda is about the 'work and its secret'. Swamiji gave this speech on 4th January 1900 in Los Angels. And The Last speech of the last quarter is ' The millennium Report' By Mr. Kofi Annan In United Nations which was given on September 2000. The book has covered speeches of Mahatma Gandhi to Hitler and from Emmeline Pankhurst to Kiran Bedi and from Annie Besant to Hillary Clinton.

The word power in speeches is so powerful that while reading the book I feel the world of that time around me. Each speech has its own background and importance for that time. What I miss was the voices of the persons, I can only imagine their emotions, their oratory power and hundreds of people mesmerized by such speeches.

The speeches, which touched my heart, are the speech of Lokmanya Tilak on Indian Economy under British Raj, the speech of Pandit Nehru which was delivered midnight hour at the time of independence, The speech of Castro after unsuccessful armed revolt and the speech of Martine Luther King. The list can't stop.

The book also includes quotes from some other famous people like Bhagat Sigh, Ernest Hemingway, Veer Savarkar, Einstein, Charles De Gaulle, Goebbels, Bill Clinton, Sachin Tendulkar, Saddam Hussein.  The quote I loved is 'Who's more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?' from Star Wars (Obi Wan).

The book also has a two great letters, which touched my heart. One is from Vietnamee Leader Ho Chi Minh to U.S. President Mr. Lyndon Johnson about US aggression in wartime. And the other is the farewell letter to Fidel Castro from his friend Che Guevera.

In Short this book must be in your bookshelves. Its really one of the gem and I am proud that I posses it.

27-Apr-2003

More by :  Bhushan Parulekar

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