The Vedas and Upanishads for Children Paperback – 10 Jan 2019
About the Author
ROOPA PAI is the author of several books for children, including the much-acclaimed, award-winning bestseller The Gita for Children. Her books, on topics as diverse as history, mathematics, science, economics and sci-fi fantasy, are enjoyed by adults just as much as they are by children.
Of all the Mahavakyas in the Upanishads, her favourite is 'Prajnanam Brahma - Knowledge is God'.
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Here Pai undertakes the onerous task of decoding for young readers some of the oldest, and most significant, of Hindu scriptures: the Vedas - and the Upanishads, which are embedded in the Vedas. This is a significant challenge, considering that these scriptures contain complex philosophical themes and concepts. Pai takes on the challenge in splendid fashion, masterfully combining scholarly research with deep experience of writing for young people. The result is a book that not only provides a high level understanding of these scriptures, but also introduces the reader to many of the key tenets of Vedanta philosophy.
Pai’’s writing style is easy and conversational, and her language, contemporary. Consequently, the book never feels dull or heavy and will likely strike an instant chord with readers of all ages. Further, Pai weaves in many interesting stories, facts and pop-culture references which make the text fun.
This is a wonderful introduction to the Vedas and Upanishads for young readers and their parents. It is easily one of the most accessible books on this somewhat esoteric subject. One of the “must read” books of 2019!
Dear Publisher of hachette!
I bought this book as I already read The Gita for children by the same author, which I loved reading. That was a great reading, both content wise and the printed quality wise. But in this book, the content is so good so far, but the print quality is awful. Why you reduce cost in printing? The letters shall be bit more darker. Please correct it in the future prints. Please see the attached picture. Left side is the new book and the other one is The Gita.
About the writing, I would say 5 stars would not be enough. It is not just for children. I am a father of two and I love it.
I am amazed by the insight that her writing of the Vedas and Upanishads reveals. For example, take the introductory preface, Before We Begin. In her astute categorisation of which kind of reader you may be - the agree-r, the disagree-r, or the one sitting on the fence, and the response of the sages to each (which is equal parts welcoming, thought-provoking and stimulating), she has defined the completely open, non-judgmental, non-didactic nature of dialogue in the Upanishads.
This sets a general background to these texts that can otherwise be utterly misinterpreted in different political contexts. The openness and universal appeal of these texts emerges powerfully in Roopa's telling, and is a great service she has rendered to all of us, adults and children in the present, and to future generations. A service to our heritage and to humanity that involves 'roadmaps' and keys to living joyfully and in harmony.
My children themselves were uncomfortable with some of the language and tone and esp. questioned why the author refers to parents in such a degrading manner. And it keeps coming page after page right from chapter one.
It's now sitting around unfinished and is destined for the 'raddiwallah'. We don't even want to donate this to anyone.