Monday, 18 June 2018

Saying It The Simple Way - Bhagavad Gita : Book Review

For a Hindu family like mine, Bhagavad Gita is one of the most sacred religious books that have been conferred hearty respect. Since my childhood days, I've seen my grandpa placing a copy of Bhagavad Gita on the X-shaped wooden rehal (book-stand) wrapped in a red satin cloth and indulging in daily reading for an hour or so. I personally have read this holy book many a times and have utmost belief in the philosophy of the ancient scripture.

My Review:
'Saying It The Simple Way - Bhagavad Gita' is authored by Vijay Singal, an eminent author in the field of spirituality and religion.  I received a PDF copy of the book for the review and here is what I have to say about it-
This book contains the Hindi and English translation of Gita Shlokas in the dialogue format and is actually a gift for those who find difficulty in comprehending original Sanskrit version of the book. The book comprises of 18 adhyaays (chapters) containing verses of Gita.

The simultaneous translation of two shloka in Hindi and in English has been given on each page that helps in better understanding for a common reader. Furthermore, the difficult words and ideas have been explained by putting short elaborations in brackets along with the shlokas themselves. I appreciate that the author has anticipated common places where doubt may arise while reading and has given contextual reference for fluent reading experience.

When you read the contemporary styled book, you find it as good as a self-help book and a compendium of practical wisdom that doesn't require any external help for understanding. As per the author, translation has been done in such a manner that no further commentary on individual shlokas, or the text as a whole is required.

One thing that appealed me a lot is the placement of appropriate photographs, mostly based on nature, with the content.
Being a spiritual person at heart, I personally felt delighted to find an easy-to-interpret version of Bhagavad Gita and I'm sure it'll please most readers around. The book is likely to be available online and also at all leading book stores at pocket-friendly prices any time soon. It will be a great pick for new generation and can make its place on the book-shelves of public libraries, schools, colleges etc.
Refer other books by the author at VijaySingal.com
I recommend everyone to experience reading Bhagavat Gita atleast once and inspire yourself for selfless action in life. 

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