“A fresh set of lens on an old work of wisdom”
Title- INSTA GITA
Author- Nupur Maskara
No. of pages- 92
Format- Ebook Pdf
The Bhagavad Gita is a unique text. Short but power packed, it is part philosophy, part self help and part poetry. Translations can be tantalizingly enigmatic, and commentaries can suck the life out of its verses. This book has explanations where needed and presents Arjuna’s reaction to Krishna’s teachings, in poetry. Arjuna gets little air time in the Gita. As Everyman, he voices our dilemmas on being human and trying to follow the path of the Gita.
The Bhagwad Gita is a work of wisdom ever so profound. It has fascinated, astounded and educated many through the ages. It has stood the test of time and is applicable to our lives even now, especially now. Several learned scholars have explored it, written at length explaining about the knowledge found between its pages. Hence, it is surprising to see that Nupur has captured the essence of the Bhagwad Gita in just a few pages, infusing Arjuna’s voice with a poetic timbre. I took up this book for review as I wanted a deeper understanding of this text. The book gave me a unique perspective to dissect the multifaceted Gita.
Highlights of the book:
Short Poetry, Impactful Poetry
I like my poetry short. I like my poetry full of imagery. And that’s what the book delivers.
‘Arjuna pauses midway
between war and peace’
This line is simple, but encompasses the essence of the beginning of the Bhagwad Gita, so aptly.
I enjoyed the use of metaphorical language throughout the verses to create deeper impressions on the reader. Here is a prime example:
‘A yogi is like a steady flickering lamp in a place without wind’
And here is yet another one that carried me in the lap of its wave:
‘I’m keen to level
My mind mountains and valleys
In a pool
That reflects you’
Well said, Nupur.
The book is designed artistically and it is evident with a lot of care. Each chapter of this book contains a brief of the corresponding chapter in the Bhagwad Gita, a knowledge highlight or emphasis, a poem from Arjuna’s heart and symbol that fits. The aesthetic design with a lot of attention to detail and tastefully chosen little icons makes it more pleasurable to read.
Hint of Feminism or Reflection of author’s perspective?
Have you read a scripture or a translation or commentary on an ancient body of work address the reader with the pronoun “she”? Addressing the reader or the common people with a “feminine” pronoun made it noticable for me. I leave it to the reader to determine its intent: author’s self-exploration perhaps?
Voice of Arjuna:
I like the tone of the poems. It is realistic. It is the reflection of how any of us would react to Krishna’s words of wisdom which is initially difficult to grasp. Arjuna seems like the protrayal of us. The tone also shows the bhakti or endearment that Arjuna feels towards Krishna by use of the term ‘K’ like you would your own child or a one you deeply love.
Are you ready to get to know the Bhagwad Gita in a way you haven’t before? Looking for a short read? Do you want to imbibe the meaning of the Bhagwad Gita without having to read the texts or lengthy disclosures? Did this review make you curious?