Book Review: The Gita for Children by Roopa Pai

A colorful retelling of an epic intended for children. Review by Kiran Adharapuram.

Book Title: The Gita for Children
Author: Roopa Pai
Publisher: Hachette India

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Author Roopa Pai’s spirited, lucid, thought-provoking, and brimming with fun trivia one-of-a-kind retelling of the epic conversation between Pandava prince Arjuna and his mentor and friend Krishna in this book appeal to a broader audience. Though the title says it is for children, anyone can read it.

The Gita for Children by Roopa Rai is a hardbound, Limited Celebratory Edition by Hachette India is a lovely version of the Bhagavad Gita, intended for a younger audience, that is studded with fun anecdotes, interesting parallels, and historical nuggets that uphold Krishna’s 700-verse long spiritual guide. The manner and content are so well presented that anyone reading this will be inspired to read the Bhagavad Gita.

The Gita for Children
The Gita for Children

Authors like “Roopa Pai” taking such a great initiative to bring this inspirational read and other books like this is a laudable attempt. The author is even prompt in taking the Sloka’s and its references whenever needed, along with the Sanskrit plus the as-it-is rendition in English. Ancillary help was taken from the illustrations and thus gave a supporting hand in further understanding the dialogue between the divine God Krishna and his first friend, Pandava prince Arjuna.

The children love all the artistic images and the detailing in the entire book to get a good idea about the plot/conversations held in between. Not just sticking with only the Bhagavad Gita conversation, wherever there is a scope author puts an extra effort to plunge into the detailed description of the everyday and complex jargon like Dashavataraexplanation, Beasts and Birds in mythology, Hindu Month Names, ashtanga yoga, devotee characteristics, etc. Watch out for the section “Lessons from the Gita” at the end of every chapter, then give the readers to clear their doubts in the respective chapter read.

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We should not forget to thank Hachette India for the publication in “Sayan Mukherjee, the illustrator, deserves special recognition for bringing the book to life with his illustrations and, of course, his interesting and enticing vocabulary. Limited Celebrity Edition Overall. The book is a perfect gift that teaches a living lesson in an engaging and illustrated way with a hint of mythology.

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