Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Butterflies, Parathas, and the Bhagavad Gita

Published by: Amaryllis

 424 Pages | Fiction | Spirituality

Gita is a big part of Indian Philosophy. I don’t see it as just a religious scripture, certainly not, after reading S. Hari Haran’s Butterflies, Parathas, and the Bhagavad Gita: A Quirky and Heartwarming Journey Through God’s Instruction Manual for Life. Understanding spirituality is the same as understanding yourself and this book is a great pivot either if you have never read Bhagavad Gita or had a touch at your inner self.

This book is more than the work of fiction. It is a blend of fiction and spirituality. It revolves around two lifelong friends as they have a contrast which varies between them. Not in the good or evil sense. The question here is deeper as it concerns knowing oneself. Both are flawed men as their diurnal life is effected by this ancient scripture which frequently brings certain changes. This illuminating story is completely based on the essence of Bhagvad Gita and it is not about the Gods. It’s about you.

The pace of the book is calm but animated and surprisingly you will rarely find that combination in contemporary Indian Writers (That reminds me of Arundhati Roy and Robin Sharma’s writing). Though I am not comparing anyone here. This book is a great introduction to understand Indian philosophical teachings or you can say the Indian version of Stoicism which doesn’t wholesomely support the last stoic. It seems it is even ancient than that.

The characterisation in this book will keep you engage in the text but more importantly they drive the book forward and are a way to convey the true essence of this book’s medium. There’s an introduction and true meaning of yoga defined in the starting pages of this book and its one of the key points that this text is well researched. I appreciate Haran’s writing style, as said before, there’s so much calmness in his writing style such that it may help you achieve a state of relaxation. It might take some time for you to read since along with it, you will find and solve yourself some of those biggest questions about spirituality and Gita. It took me some time to read this book.

My take is if you are into spirituality or considering it as an aspect of you life (which I think every one should), do consider reading this book.

4 out of 5!


Disclaimer: I received a reading copy but that doesn’t have any impression on this review.

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