Name of Book : Into the Great Heart (Legends and adventures of Guru Angad)

Author : Kamla K. Kapur

Publisher : Jaico Publishers

Price : Rs. 399 /-

Reviewer - Advait Berde

Advait Berde is a student currently pursuing his Post Graduation from Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media, Research and Analysis. Apart from being a quirky and intriguing individual, he spends most of his time capturing random moments, people and surroundings in his camera. Being an amateur writer and poet, he is a dedicated book-lover and everything that satisfies his desire to learn. Someone who has been a companion through every journey and has contributed enormously to his travel experiences is his bike. He aspires to devote his creativity and passion of doing something different, in good use.

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Before I delve in the review I would like to say that this is a book about the legendary sikh guru, and a godly Saint, Angad, erstwhile known as Bhai Lehna. So even if the stories have a simple narrative, they carry a sense of awe and grandeur. To keep a neutral perspective I have read this book as a complete non believer and an agnostic atheist. Kindly consider my review in that aspect.

The book narrates the life and legends of Guru Angad, but also takes us through a brief period of time when Guru Nanak was in his Prime.

The narrative follows a present continuous tense, except the prologue which gives us the background story. Consequently, it is in the simple past.

The book aims to spread the legacy and adventures of Guru Angad, specially to those who are religious believers or deists.

The book is divided into two parts, each having sixteen different chapters of its own. The entire story of Guru Nanak and his son is lucidly woven through each chapter, so that by the time the reader reaches the epilogue, he is enriched with the holy teachings of the Sikh gurus. The book talks about all the works of Guru Angad, with anecdotes and facts which bring credibility to the story. It tells us about how Bhai Lehna came to live in Kartarpur, a city built by Guru Nanak, which went on to be the prime root of Sikhism in the world. Being a saint of the 16th century, Guru Angad was faced with a lot of trials and tribulations throughout his life. The book takes us through some of those stories. It also tells us how he, along with Guru Nanak, developed a new language, called Gurmukhi, for the easy preaching and understanding of their followers.

This book will help the reader understand the teachings of Guru Nanak in a simpler format. However, considering the enormity of bravery that the Sikh gurus had, it is naturally difficult to sum it up in a book. The book demands diligent reading to bestow its entire enlightening on the reader.

The book sports a papyrus like print, with serif fonts used for the texts.

In spite of trying to read it from a neutral perspective, I couldn’t help but get engrossed in the story telling and the overall impact of the plot. The book is a must read for everyone who wishes to know more about people who worked their way into earning a place in people’s heart as God. These were the people who lived among us, guided us, and saved us from anarchy.

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