Jairam Ramesh’s new book to uncover story of ‘The Light of Asia’ poem – books

Former Union minister Jairam Ramesh’s new book will uncover and narrate the story of phenomenal poem “The Light of Asia” that has formed folks’s pondering of the Buddha and his teachings, introduced publishing home Penguin on Wednesday.

The book, titled “The Light of Asia: The Poem that Defined the Buddha”, will likely be printed below Penguin’s ‘Viking’ imprint in May subsequent yr, it added.

Written and printed by Sir Edwin Arnold in 1879, “The Light of Asia”, subtitled The Great Renunciation, is within the type of a story poem.

The book endeavors to describe the life and time of Prince Gautama Siddhartha, who after attaining enlightenment grew to become the Buddha. It presents his life, character, and philosophy, in a sequence of verses.

“For long I have been struck by why and how ‘The Light of Asia’, which was a milestone in Buddhist historiography, got translated into over thirty languages, impacted so many public personalities in different countries, inspired movements for social equality and incarnated itself in music, dance, drama, painting and film. I have been wanting to tell this story for quite some time and have finally got around to doing so,” stated the 66-yr-outdated writer.

Sir Edwin Arnold, whose rendering of Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita was one of Mahatma Gandhi’s abiding favourites, can be the person who formed Bodh Gaya as many understand it at the moment.

According to Penguin, the book gives context to higher perceive why “The Light of Asia” grew to become a phenomenon and “through his biography of Arnold, opens up an important portion of world history”.

“The original ‘The Light of Asia’ by Sir Edwin Arnold took the literary world by storm… Well-researched and peppered with wonderful insights, Jairam Ramesh’s ‘The Light of Asia’, much like his acclaimed ‘A Chequered Brilliance’, will breathe fresh life into forgotten historical icons,” stated Meru Gokhale, writer, The Penguin Press Group. Ramesh was lately declared winner of the 2020 Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize for “A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of VK Krishna Menon”. The award was shared by the US-primarily based academician Amit Ahuja’s book “Mobilizing the Marginalised: Ethnic Parties without Ethnic Movements”.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)

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