DOES HE KNOW A MOTHER'S HEART? (English, Hardcover, Shourie, Arun)

    DOES HE KNOW A MOTHER'S HEART?  (English, Hardcover, Shourie, Arun)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Harpercollins
    • ISBN: 9789350290910, 935029091X
    • Edition: 2011
    • Pages: 448
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    A book for everyone who has had to contend with pain and loss How can extreme suffering be so commonplace if there is a God who knows everything, who is all-powerful and also compassionate? How do the scriptures of our religions explain the existence of suffering? Do these explanations stand up to examination? Does our experience testify to a God? Or do the two demons- time and chance-explain all that we have to go through? In a devastating dissection of the scriptures-laced with accounts of the suffering and pain that he has seen at first-hand-Arun Shourie tells us why he has eventually gravitated to the teachings of the Buddha. And what lessons these teachings hold for our daily lives. Your neighbours have a son. He is now thirty-five years old. Going by his age you would think of him as a young man, and, on meeting his mother or father, would ask, almost out of habit, 'And what does the young man do?' That expression, 'young man', doesn't sit well as he is but a child. He cannot walk. Indeed, he cannot stand. He cannot use his right arm. He can see only to his left. His hearing is sharp, as is his memory. But he speaks only syllable by syllable . . . The father shouts at him. He curses him: 'You are the one who brought misery into our home . . . We knew no trouble till you came. Look at you-weak, dependent, drooling, good for nothing . . .' Nor does the father stop at shouting at the child, at pouring abuse at him, at cursing the child. He beats him. He thrashes him black and blue . . . As others in the family try to save the child from the father's rage, he leaps at them. Curses them, hits out at them. What would you think about that damned father? Wouldn't you report him to the police or some such authority that can lock him up? Wouldn't you try everything you can to remove the child from the reach of the father? But what if the father is The Father-the 'T' and 'F' capital, both words italicized? That is, what if the 'father' in question is 'God'? Why do the reaction and answer change for so many of us?
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    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • HarperCollins
    • Publication Year
      • 2011
    • Author Info
      • Scholar, author, former editor and minister, Arun Shourie is one of the most prominent voices in\nour country’s public life and discourse. This is his twenty-sixth book.
    • Width
      • 1.26 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 8.74 Inches (US)
    • Weight
      • 550.0 Grams
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    Firstly,this is one of it's kind book from Arun Shourie.His earlier books were on Politics/Court Judgements/Reservations/Secularism etc.This one is Philosophical and attempts to answer the question that each of us sometimes in his/her life has to grapple with:"If there is an omnipresent,all-knowing,compassionate God,why is there so much suffering in this world?"
    First Chapter deals with Arun Shourie's personal struggle with such suffering:His son,now 34 years old has been suffering from Cereb...

    Gaurav Upadhyay

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    16 Jul, 2011

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    When we start to read it looks like a heart rending personal life misery, than it transforms into an amazing analysis of Quran, Bible and Hindu scriptures . May be one has to read quran and bible to know the characters like Job. Again he jumps to Mahathma Gandhi's opinion .

    It is too frank and I read the first 200 pages in 15 days and the remaining 233 pages in 5 hours during a journey.

    Very rarely we come across Indian authors analysing varied subjects and a non fiction interesting.


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    6 Sep, 2011

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    Interesting book - need to keep religion aside when reading this

    Arun Shourie delves at length into the eternal question - God or NO God. He does a good job proving his point - albeit he ends up being relatively harsh on the Abrahamic Religions. But then being bound to a book of code, a manual it is easier to draw from them.

    Overall a well rounded book, which does put some serious questions on the working of the God (in case the reader believes in the fact that there is one :)).

    Ashok Kumar

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    29 Oct, 2011

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    Must & should to read

    Simply superb..One must & should read this book to understand how much a cerebral palsy baby's father experince the pain in there life.

    KrishnaPrasad Punna

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    5 Sep, 2011

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    Wonderful Book!!!


    This is one best books I have read and this left me wondering how so much can happen to children and there's nothing we can do about these sufferings..

    Most well thought out questions and analysis wonderful narration...Hat's off to the writer..

    Madhu Iyengar

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    2 Feb, 2012

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    topic is ok

    This book although has a good topic , which could have been written probably in a better way , gets boring in between has not been able to maintain the interest of the reader, mr shori could have done a better job, i have read many of his books this is not at par with the rest. i would give it one and a half .

    Dr ravi garyali

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    5 Jan, 2012


    Liked the book very much

    I found the book pretty good. It discussed the impact/relevance of many religions, not explained aspects of religious texts, the lessons taught by sufferings, and how a person achieves knowledge just to get shattered by the next sufferings....


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    25 Dec, 2011


    Total waste

    this book is one of the worst's from this author its totaly waste. THIS author spreads Hatredness only. Its confusing like a mystry from a mysterious author. Dont waste your Brain and Time in readind such books. These books should be banned in India

    Manmohan Dev

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    25 Nov, 2011


    Shourie's flawed thinking

    Shourie is making a fundamental mistake, in saying that God does not exists because evil exists. Infact it is the other way around. Existence of an objective evil shows that there is an existence objective good. And objective good and evil can come only if God exists.

    ofcourse the existence of evil argument have been used in the past by many. Just look at the Eythropo Argument. But this has been proven to be false.

    I would also recommend, Letters to a Post-Modern Hindu by Vishal Mangalwa...


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    1 Sep, 2011

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