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.
Intellectually fascinating read
4 Feb, 2012
A wow expirience !!
18 Feb, 2012
A thought-provoking book that I have come back to once again
2 Jan, 2014
Exactly what the title says!
20 May, 2012