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Verve Pick Of The Month
Text by Shreya Shah
Published: Volume 21, Issue 11, November, 2013

ROUGH PASSAGE TO THE BODHI TREE
Shiv K Kumar
Random House India

Written with a beautiful, simple hand, Rough Passage To The Bodhi Tree traces the journey of Prince Siddhartha’s ascent into enlightenment, and becoming the Buddha. It is fascinating that at the age of 92, Padma-Bhushan awardee Shiv K Kumar has written this beautiful gem. Join Siddhartha, the ‘brooding dove’, as he wins Yashodhara’s hand in marriage, challenges his father-in-law, celebrates with wine and festivities and then, to everyone’s surprise and consternation, renounces it all. Seeking the path of the wise, he outlines the noble path for us. This is the story of how an ordinary mortal came to see the light. The author injects the wisdom of a lifetime of writing into this immortal tale, fashioning the Buddha’s story into, possibly, each of our own.

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