I had never thought that book titles could be misleading in such a delightful way. Roopa Pai’s ‘The Vedas and Upanishads for Children’, which is a worthy successor to her bestselling “The Gita for Children”, is a wonderful and enriching read not just for children (as the title suggests), but for adults too!
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!