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Book Review | Bhagavad Gita – Saying it the Simple Way | Vijay Singal

Book Review | Bhagavad Gita – Saying it the Simple Way | Vijay Singal

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I’ve always been interested in Indian philosophy. Long ago, when I was repeatedly told about ‘karma’ by adults and how things typically work – a part of me was highly intrigued to know what lies beneath us all. However, seldom did I get any substantial answers. To make it worse, I was born in a millennial culture where I was majorly conversing in English.

Even though I had access to a lot of books about Indian philosophy, I could barely understand them – as all of them were in Hindi or Sanskrit. I tried reading on the internet from different sources, but it wasn’t helpful.

After a while, without looking, I came across a copy of Bhagavad Gita. It was titled, ‘Bhagavad Gita – Saying it the Simple Way’. Ordered, and started reading it and I was blown away.

This book is a work of Vijay Singal who is known for his previous phenomenal works including A Divinity in Flow – Ganga, Sparkling Punjab, Hinduism – From Maya to Moksha and Psyche of the Common Man. Singal is an alumnus of the National Defence College and served as the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (Mumbai) till 2010.

Now coming back to the book. First things first, the entire book follows a Hindi-Sanskrit text followed by an English translation that is as precise as it gets. The simultaneous translation of each Shloka in Hindi and English really makes a lot of difference in understanding. Difficult and traditional words are explained with short elaborations in brackets. In fact, I was actually shocked how easily I understood the concept – and I can finally say that I’ve read ‘Bhagavad Gita’.

The translation has been done in a way that the exact meaning and the real intent of the shlokas are intact. Difficult words are explained with much ease – short elaborations make them easily understandable. As a reader, I was so much in joy that there was no further need of any commentary for the shlokas required.

The font is also extremely readable, and illustrations are top-notch – mostly based on nature. I’d say it is definitely the best version of Bhagavad Gita that I’ve read. It is without a doubt, a self-help book that every millennial should read, whether they are interested in Hindu philosophy or not.

Priced reasonably, this book is a great piece to gift and for placing in college libraries, hospitals and hotel rooms.

You can buy the hardcover version of Bhagavad Gita – Saying it the Simple Way from here –

Watch the grand book launch by Akshay Kumar that took place in Le Meridian, New Delhi.

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