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Ganesha Goes to Lunch: Classics From Mystic India (Mandala Classics) Paperback – April 20, 2007
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The Bharatiya (Indian) tradition thrives on stories passed on from generation to generation. Each generation adds its own experience to knowledge and reinterprets the understanding passed to them. The Hindu myths by their very nature don't have absolutes. They represent Gods or men trapped in their vices, roused or limited by their virtues, acting in response to the demands that existence as humans on earth demands from us. The attempt is to create examples as prototypes to deal with contradictions and complexities that daily strife, be it in war, peace, family matters, need, greed, valor, and amorous desires lead us to. This had lead to several epics about avataars or incarnations, and as humans Gods lead exemplary lives, faulting at times, and suffering for them. In Kamla's collection, the gems from the boundless sea of folklore are picked, polished and repackaged to lure Western audiences as well as those Indian readers who have learned most from English education and English Literature.
The book has a number of pictures and illustrations, which allow a non-Indian reader to visualize the God or character in question. We Indians grow up with these tales, and somehow we imbibe their lessons into our being without realizing when or how.Read more ›
A wonderful and imaginative journey with the power to inform, inspire and - ultimately transform the reader. Thank you, Kamla Kapur for the (wild elephant) ride!
Having met the author both in California and Himachal Pradesh northern India and gotten a sense of her character I am not at all surprised that she has captured so well the significance as well as the humor contained in these stories, which originally were told to her by her own parents. Although her own religious background is Sikhism (a wonderful expression of which is found in her more recent book The Singing Guru) she has shown an impressive breadth in tackling the Hindu Ganesha's stories as well as the Sufi tradition in her earlier book Rumi's Tales from the Silk Road." I highly recommend them all and hope that she is encouraged to continue her path of exploring other subjects in this clear and engaging way.
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Loved it - read it in one sitting, then went back and read my favorite bits. The imagery is powerful and esoteric, full of layers of meaning, pervasive with love and compassion. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful book but the print is unusually small.Iadmit my eyes aren't great but even with my prescription glasses the print is still difficult to manage.Published 13 months ago by Bunne
I enjoyed it but it seemed simplistic. I was aiming for a more educational book on Ganesha. But it was a fun story.Published 13 months ago by Cynthia Eppler
Light and happy with unlimited depth that will take you as deep as you want to go. A wonderful experience, best book I read in years.Published 14 months ago by mike smith