The Difficulty of Being Good

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

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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.

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    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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    Shirish Pandey

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    Refreshing Read

    Unlike many biased and simplistic renditions of the Mahabharata, the Difficulty of Being Good is a refreshing examination of the moral and ethical issues dealt with in the epic with commendable poise. This book, as the author says, is an account of his quest for understanding “dharma” through one of the greatest literary works known to mankind – the Mahabharata.

    Though the chapter on envy stands out as superficial and even childish at a point, the rest of the book is engaging and thought pr...
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    Nithya Nagarathinam

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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

    Feb, 2012

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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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    FPS Gamer

    Jan, 2014

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    Awesome Read

    A must for your book shelf. Written in a simple language.Book is entertaining and thought provoking.writer is a great story teller. he has described mahabhatra in a very lucid way. i highly recommend this book to read How can we live a balanced and a moral life in the world of uncertainties? examples have also been given from history which makes the book even more interesting
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    Garima Jain

    Dec, 2011

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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

    May, 2012

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    A confused, rather a book with no direction

    I found the book rather uninteresting. Had to give it up after the first few pages. I agree that the description of the incidents of the Mahabharata and its characters were very detailed and true to life, they were the only upside in the book. I was rather disappointed with the part that relates the incidents to that of the modern world. The author tries to impress us with his Gyan about current affairs and quite forcefully tries to relate it to the central theme of the book. There is no stor...
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    Kunal Sachdeva

    Nov, 2012

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    Read Mahabharata Instead

    I bought this book judging by the author's credentials,reviews and the bibliography and notes section.The latter make you believe that the author is widely read.The same cannot be said of his understanding of the epic he wanted to tackle.The questions he set out with,remain dangling at the end of the book.Its true that Dharma cannot be easily described.But the quality of discussion and depth of understanding should shine through the topic and throw a new light on the subject.But all his obse...
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    sujit kumar das

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    Aug, 2012

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    Excellent

    This book was delivered to me in a very good condition, happy with the delivery but the front of the book is different from the image...but happy with it.
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    Rupak Sarkar

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    Wonderful

    It's a very good book casting light on what is Dharma.
    Those who want to comprehend Dharma can get an idea by its easy language and ample examples.
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    Prajwal Dakua

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    Dec, 2017

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