TITLE: The Gita for Children
AUTHOR: Roopa Pai
PAGE EXTENT: 296
PUBLISHER: Hachette India
GENRE: Middle Grade
MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It’s one of the oldest books in the world and India’s biggest blockbuster bestseller!
– But isn’t it meant only for religious old people?
– But isn’t it very long… and, erm, super difficult to read?
– But isn’t the stuff it talks about way too complex for regular folks to understand?
Prepare to be surprised.
Roopa Pai’s spirited, one-of-a-kind retelling of the epic conversation between Pandava prince Arjuna and his mentor and friend Krishna busts these and other such myths about the Bhagavad Gita. Lucid, thought-provoking and brimming with fun trivia, this book will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.
Why haven’t you read it yet?
Having been a fan of Roopa Pai’s Taranauts series, I went into this book with high expectations. And boy, did it not disappoint! The Gita for Children is a wonderful take on the holy scripture with fun real-life examples and scenarios that will keep you flying through the pages!
I’ve always wanted to read the Gita but never gave it a try because it seemed too philosophical and boring. Being super honest here, haha. But when I found out about this book, I KNEW my time to read the Gita had finally come! I wanted to know everything there is about the magical conversation about Krishna and Arjuna that turned the tides in one of the biggest wars of all time!
If you’re someone who is not at all familiar with Sanskrit terms and are wondering if you’d be able to understand what’s being spoken about in the book, fret not! Pai has elaborately explained EVERYTHING in the book, from seasons to food items! It’s a complete guide to everything you essentially need to know about and in the Gita!
You might be wondering – the title of the book says it’s for children. But I’m an adult. I want to read and understand the Gita but not something that’s intended for children. Worry not, because you’re in for a treat as well! Every concept that is dealt with in the Gita is explained with relatable daily scenarios and circumstances which will not leave a sliver of a doubt!
The Gita has 700 shlokas. It’s too lengthy. I might get bored. If that’s what you think, then that thought ought to go in the trash! This book explains the Gita chapterwise (Adhyayas as they are called in Sanskrit) with much emphasis on the topics discussed by Krishna and a sprinkle of the most famous shlokas in that chapter! See, it’s not boring AT ALL.
Well, how did I forget to mention the beauty that is Roopa Pai’s writing? The conversation between Krishna and Arjuna made my heart swell with joy! I so wanted Krishna to be my bestie too haha. Having been a huge fan of Pai’s quirky hilarious writing style, this came as no surprise to me! It was super impressive to see that writing style incorporated in a book such as this! Trust me, you’re in for a feast!
Scattered throughout the book are illustrations that add to this fun journey! Sayan Mukherjee’s illustrations capture the setting perfectly! At one point, I was staring at all the details in an illustration before I realised I had to get on with the book!
In short: PICK UP THIS BOOK. As they say, the Gita knows no religion. It’s a potpourri of values and morals and virtues that are fundamental to every human being, whatever God you worship. So what are you waiting for?
This book has one of the best dedications I’ve ever come across (I am not exaggerating when I say I want to get this tattooed on my arm. Roopa Pai KNOWS how to make you her fan even before the first page!):
Good luck finding the Krishna inside you – it won’t be easy, but they say He is totally worth it.