2 May 2017 | By: Writing Buddha

Butterflies, Parathas and the Bhagavad Gita by S. Hari Haran (Book Review-4.25*/5)!!!

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When spirituality becomes your interest, the first book that you wish to go through is The Bhagavad Gita. In Hinduism, as there aren’t much forcible rules to follow the religion, we do not read our Holy Books which has turned out to be the origin of many scientific evolution's and findings. With time my interest started diverting towards The Bhagavad Gita and the kind of life it introduces to us, I read many versions of Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata and Ramayana. Not all of them are up to the mark. But there are few books which stay with you for a long time and if nothing, it at least make a little impact to your life. One such version of Gita is “Butterflies, Parathas and the Bhagavad Gita: A Quirky and Heartwarming Journey Through God's Instruction Manual for Life”. It is written by S. Hari Haran.

Being 400 pages, the book does not turn out to be boring and stretched at any point of time. The author has very well embedded the knowledge of Gita in a fictional story based on two friends: Venky and Sandy. They are assigned the last assignment by one of their favorite teachers, Bharath Sir to go through the Gita and scribble a write-up in the college magazine based on it. Venky takes up the task but Sandy keeps on doing the wrong activities. Venky goes through the Bhagavad Gita and keeps on sharing the write-up with Sandy in order to change his lifestyle as he feels bad seeing his friend following the nonreligious path.

The best part about the book is the way author manages both the plots simultaneously that none of them sound stretched and boring. The Gita is also explained very nicely with examples. Author has tried to include all the major points mentioned in Gita to make sure that the reader does not miss any valuable stuff. The examples given along with the teachings are another booster for the reader as it makes understanding the complex concepts in an easy language. The reference to any point or concept is given on the same page itself which makes it easy for the reader to go through the same without going to the last section of the book and finding the same.

The way the fictional story is blended with the subsequent phases of Gita makes this book magical. Also, the climax is very well handled making it believable for the readers about the after-effect that Gita can make even upon a person who is following wrong and nonreligious path in life. The way how Gita can be implemented in today’s personal and professional life is also discussed briefly in some topics which clear the doubt about its relevance in today’s fast paced life. Overall, this book is a must-read at least once if you want to go through the teachings of Gita. I give this book 4.25* out of 5.



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