Saturday, November 11, 2017

The boys who fought: A Review


What is Dharma?

When you can fight for the meek without hating the mighty, you follow dharma.
Asking for Eklavya's thumb in Dakshina. Is this Dharma?

But...
Not asking Draupadi what she wants, who she want and not caring about her. Was that Dharma?
Losing Draupadi in the gambling match. Was that Dharma?


In the forest, no one has a right of way. Even the strong know that they will one day meet someone stronger. To accept this is Dharma.
Exclusion is Adharma. Inclusion is Dharma.
Respecting others' territory is Dharma.
But...
Abhimanyu was killed by cheating. This is Adharma.

Letting go of things and desires is a common theme of Mahabharata, so is the contrast i.e. Dharma and Adharma. This book is for those who can fight without hating, a lesson very very important.

I loved how the author has narrated each stage of Mahabharata and characterized them under such good headings. What captivated me was the illustrations and the dialogues in between. It's the best read for very young kids. Easy to comprehend and fun as well.

About the book

Title : The Boys who Fought
Author : Devdutt Pattnaik
Publisher : Puffin Books
Publication: 2017
Language : English
Pages : 107
Price : 199
Rating : 5/5

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