I was studying this position and here are my thoughts.
Black to play so I focused to make idea from Black's side.
I thought black got knight pair so it's good to keep position closed so I thought e5 is the right idea. Another point of e5 is to open up the light square bishop on c8
..1 e5 if d5 then Rd8 c4 Ne5 this was my thought
The chapter is about pawn levers.
Do u think my thoughts of direct e5 without Rd8 first was right.
In the book it was recommended to play Rd8 first and then author said e5 will be unstoppable.
Please guide me where I am making mistakes in understanding positions?
I don't really understand your Ne5 move in this variation "..1 e5 if d5 then Rd8 c4 Ne5", but I think b5 would be a great move there instead of Ne5.
The problem with e5 d5 Rd8 is e4, you can't take it because if Ne4 Qc2 and you lose a piece. If you don't take it, white has the centre and your goal wasn't that when you played e5.
Rd8 is much simpler, white can't prepare d5 so you'll be able to destroy white's centre.