From Publishers Weekly
The Chopras present some life lessons through a dog's point of view in a charming new book. As Deepak's grandson Gotham engages the neighbor's dog in a blissful game of fetch, Deepak sagely observes: "What we witnessed is play and innocence at its best," or, as Gotham put it: "Dogs innately understand not just the desire for play but also the need." Chopra takes us on a series of events affecting the Chopra households, including a hilarious cross-country plane trip with an untranquilized dog, an expensive trip to Italy, and the events surrounding an elderly relative's grave illness. Along the way, we learn the valuable lessons that man's best friend can teach us: "dogs-like the universe-don't hold grudges. They forgive and evolve." The younger Chopra even relates an incident in which his dog was a better judge of character than he was. The one sour note is a lengthy detour on Michael Jackson, whose death occurs while Gotham is on a bike trip in Italy, contributing little to the book. That aside, this glimpse into the softer side of the Chopra family should significantly expand the family's fan base.
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Framed as a series of vignettes about the family dogs Nicholas and Cleo, Gotham Chopra’s book is more about life as the son of famed doctor and spiritualist Deepak Chopra than it is a dog story. While Nicholas and neurotic Cleo are clearly important characters in Gotham’s life, the best parts of this book are made up of his conversations with his father while his mother was on an extended solo trip to India. Gotham, a foreign correspondent, is very different than his father, and his often-irreverent take on the famous Deepak offers a refreshingly frank perspective on a man many revere. Dog lovers may be disappointed by the lack of dog-focus, but those interested in learning what being Deepak’s son has been all about will find plenty to satisfy their curiosity. --Jessica Moyer