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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: PENGUIN POPULAR CLASSIC
  • ISBN: 9780143418092, 0143418092
  • Edition: 2012
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In the book, The Difficulty Of Being Good: On The Subtle Art Of Dharma, Gurcharan Das details the answer to the question, ‘why must one be good’, researching the Mahabharata. It explains what dharma is and what role dharma plays in one’s life.


Summary Of The Book


Gurcharan Das’s first book after seven years is an enlightening one that discusses morality and tries to define what is right and what is wrong. The book delves into snippets from The Mahabharata, an epic with a theme that focuses on the need for dharma. In this epic, when the heroes make a mistake, other characters come up with contradictory definitions on dharma or the right thing to do, trespassing many grey areas that people can relate to.


The Mahabharata is a book that doesn’t take a staunch stance on morality and righteousness, but it shows how people take decisions under difficult circumstances. It then explains why a seemingly wrong decision taken by the key characters is actually right when the bigger picture is considered. These are realistic scenarios, and in The Difficulty Of Being Good: On The Subtle Art of Dharma, Gurcharan Das provides examples of the same.


The epic does not star characters who are perfect, but their daily encounters help them recognize many problems and solutions to the same. Gurcharan Das’s book also explains how following dharma or doing the right thing can directly affect an individual’s happiness.


About Gurcharan Das


Gurcharan Das is a 68-year-old author, intellectual, and commentator.


Other popular books that he has written are India Unbound, Merchants of Tamilakam: Pioneers of International Trade, The East India Company: The World’s Most Powerful Corporation, and Arthashastra: The Science of Wealth. He has also written The Elephant Paradigm, a book of essays.


A Punjabi Hindu, Das writes columns for six different Indian newspapers in English, Hindi, Marathi, and Telugu. An alumnus of Harvard University and Harvard Business School, Das often writes for Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Newsweek and Foreign Affairs. He is also the CEO of Procter & Gamble India and the Vice President of the Far East division. Das currently resides in New Delhi with his wife and two children.

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    • 2012
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Intellectually fascinating read

This is a good book any book lover will love to have it.This intellectual text revisit one of the oldest scripture in the world-Mahabharata.Gurucharan Das an accomplished writer successfully show that India oldest story still hold many lessons and virtues which are useful in Modern world.
I request Flipkart to put prices of all editions of book in single column. This will enable user to choose best possible deal for themselves.
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Shirish Pandey

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A wow expirience !!

A book whose foundation lays in the epic Mahabharata. An awesome soul touching book that prompts readers to think and make their own version of Right Vs. wrong. I liked the way author has put down many different contradicting views on Dharma and given the space to reader to create and link his thinking to the context.

Gurcharan Das, I was a fan of your writing style and knowledge way back after reading India Unbounded, this book has just added one more adjective which could describe you Vers...
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Digvijay Chauhan

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A thought-provoking book that I have come back to once again

I picked up this book via Flipkart more than a year ago and today, I finished reading it for the second time. It is as thought-provoking and interesting as ever, and full of the intrigue and gravity that I experienced a while ago. Old ideas come back into my head, as their revisions circle them and ask to be evaluated in light of my experiences. And this is why books like this ought to be written more often.

Short form essay-type writing on the Mahabharata is best suited to the exploration o...
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Exactly what the title says!

My father suggested I read this book as I'd been on a "Mahabharata" rampage. I was told that this is a book about Yudhisthiras struggle between his principles and his dharma. Its written in a very interesting manner with each chapter focusing on one characteristic of a major player in the Mahabharata. It has "real time" examples which help you relate to the topic being discussed and also eventually lead you to ask important questions like what is true dharma? what if our dharma contradicts ou...
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