By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson
Lessons from an old conversation
Bbe billed as “an approachable friend and guide designed to reassure, empower and orient young readers in an increasingly chaotic and morally upside-down world”, The Gita for children is listed by Swift Press in the UK for an October 13 release.
It is the work of Roopa Pai, “a computer engineer who always knew she was going to write for children”, according to the publisher.
What she does for the 700-verse Hindi “Song of God” from the first millennium is captured in the table of contents, in which the sections are titled “In which Arjuna learns that exercise is a valid form of worship and “In which Krishna explains the importance of time for me.”
Pai is the author of several earlier books, including Taranautsdescribed as “India’s premier fantasy adventure series for children”, and Vedas and Upanishads for children.
Despite being redesigned as a children’s edition, this upcoming release would be the first adaptation of the Bhagavad Vita United Kingdom.
“The Gita for children, according to promotional material in media messages, “is particularly aimed at young people 21st century (and their parents).”
The of the Baghavad-Gita, of course, is on a battlefield, which can certainly have some resonance for today’s conflict-weary readers.
“The book not only stays true to the Gita story,” the descriptive copy continues, “but also brings everyday examples that illustrate how the GitaThe luminous wisdoms of can be applied to our daily life (“Lessons from the Gita‘), and links these wisdoms to other countries and cultures (“Echos of the Gita‘), universalizing the ancient text and making it relevant to everyone.
Coming to something with a bit more substance on the book, the media post reads: “This book is particularly relevant to a Brit audience from indian the diaspora is the most important [UK] ethnic group after the white population, totaling 1.4 million people or 2.5% of all Britons population.
“In addition, Hindus are the third largest [UK] religious group.”
If the title means something to children’s book specialists, it may be because The Gita for children was published in 2019 by Hachette India Children’s Books, having been written in 2016. Illustrations in this edition are credited to Sayan Mukherjee. No illustration credits for the next UK edition have yet been offered to the press.
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