A Quirky and Heartwarming Journey Through God’s Instruction Manual for Life
Author: S. Hari Haran
Two flawed, unlikely men. An ancient scripture thrusts itself into their lives. They are uninterested and try their best to flee from it. But destiny, the stubborn beast that controls human lives has other plans for them. Welcome to an illuminating journey through the wisdom of the Bhagwad Geeta – a journey that will forever change the way you look at life and the world.
This book is unlike any other I have read. We have seen a lot of adaptations and interpretations of The Bhagavad Gita, but in “Butterflies, Parathas and The Bhagavad Gita”, the author’s style of writing is such that the readers of both fiction and non-fiction would appreciate.
The story revolves around two protagonists, Venkat and Santosh, who are best friends since they were kids. But life comes in the way and both find themselves drifting away from each other. Once they are done with their education, they decide to start their individual practices. Santosh decides to make use of the time by fulfilling the last wish of a favorite professor and starts reading Gita. He then discusses all the insights that he has with Venkat who is a devil’s advocate. Their discussions serve the dual purpose of keeping the readers hooked while ensuring that we understand how the thoughts that are mentioned in The Gita can be inculcated in our lives as well.
The language that is used is quite simple. The narration is such that at no point does the reader get bored. The pace at which the story moves, swiftly alternating between the discussions and thoughts about The Gita and the impact it makes on both the friends lives. The characterizations and the character development is quite good.
Although, this is definitely not one of those books that you can read in one sitting. If you really think about the discussions that happen between the two protagonists, you would end up in quite a pensive mood.
I especially liked the fact that the chapters were named as various Yogas, and when I looked up the meanings of those Yogas, it fit the chapter perfectly. While reading the book, it is clear that the author has seriously researched and knows what he is talking about. How else can he explain such complex concepts so simply?
Overall, I rate this book a perfect 4 out of 4 and recommend it for all those who are interested to know how The Bhagavad Gita’s teaching can be inculcated in your life.