The Difficulty of Being Good

The Difficulty of Being Good (English, Paperback, Das Gurcharan)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • Genre: Religion
    • ISBN: 9780143418979, 0143418971
    • Pages: 488
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    The Difficulty Of Being Good: On The Subtle Art Of Dharma examines moral dilemmas of current times and relates them to the dilemmas faced by the characters in the great epic Mahabharata.

    Summary Of The Book

    The Mahabharata is a sweeping epic that chronicles different facets of human life, emotional and ethical conflicts. It has a huge number of characters and none of them are perfect. The negative characters have positive attributes too, and the heroes also have flaws. In fact, they're all essentially human.

    So it is not difficult for the author to study today’s moral questions in the context of the characters in the epic. Dharma, the moral code of behavior, has generally remained unchanged since those ancient times. In The Difficulty Of Being Good: On The Subtle Art Of Dharma, the author analyzes major characters like Duryodhana, Karna, Bhishma, Yudhishthira and Arjuna.

    He looks at the character and behavior of these people in difficult situations, and their individual reactions He looks at Karna's status anxiety and Duryodhana's envy. He critically examines the methods used by both sides to win the war.

    He also brings in current parallels to some of the situations and characters in the epic. For instance, he sees Duryodhana’s envy reflected in the Ambani brothers feud. He uses Karna’s anxiety over his status to debate the issue of reservation in modern India. The book analyzes the very basic question of why should a person be good, the motivations for living life according to a moral or ethical code. It also examines the ambiguities in the choices made by characters when faced with a dilemma, the hazy line that divides the good and the bad.

    The Mahabharata focuses a lot on Dharma and whenever there is a transgression of an ethical code, the story pauses and the incident is thoroughly analyzed by various characters.

    About Gurcharan Das

    Gurcharan Das is an author and columnist.

    He is also the author of India Unbound, The Elephant Paradigm, and A Fine Family.

    Gurcharan Das was born in 1943. He graduated with a degree in philosophy from Harvard University and later studied at Harvard Business School. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and later became the Managing Director of Procter & Gamble Worldwide. He is a regular columnist for publications like The Times of India, Eenadu and Dainik Bhaskar.

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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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    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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    Neha Mhaisalkar

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