By Luc Ferry

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From the undying knowledge of the traditional Greeks to Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism, and postmodernism, Luc Ferry’s quick vintage brilliantly and accessibly explains the iconic teachings of philosophy—including its profound relevance to fashionable lifestyle and its crucial position in attaining happiness and dwelling a significant existence. This full of life trip during the nice thinkers will enlighten each reader, old and young.

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Two amazingly cute, loving kids. Two dogs. Two cars. Today I have been taken to the police station and detained for 24 hours. The accusation is one of fraud (sections 420, 406 and 34) against Everonn, my employer whom I joined less than three months ago. Being the seniormost employee physically present I am the one who has been arrested. And why was I arrested? Well, we (my employer and I) are in the education business, and we have an IIT entrance coaching chain called ‘Toppers’ which has a strong presence in Bokaro City.

Since I have no towel, one of my ward-mates named Jabra generously offers to lend me his gamchha (thin cloth which also acts as a towel). Jabra is one of Ghani’s lieutenants. He has long hair, a beard, a slight limp and he enjoys singing. And he sings really well—I heard him briefly that morning as he sang to himself. The gamchha is dirty and tattered, but it is either that or no bath third day in a row. And while borrowing a towel is a big deal for me, it clearly isn’t for anyone else. The place where I am to take a bath is a sunny spot at the back of the ward building.

You can hear people calling out to each other, and loud conversations go on pretty much perpetually. The noise of the handpumps, and the clang of metal buckets or improvised plastic buckets (which all started life as branded buckets of paint) add to the din. The rest of the morning Ghani and his crew spend being super-nice to me. As the sun rises higher, I am invited to join Ghani outside on a sack-cloth rug spread out in a sunny spot at the side of the building. A glass full of sattu is handed to me.

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