Inspired by Scriptures
Ranu Uniyal
DHARMA ARTHA KAMA MOKSHA: 40 INSIGHTS INTO HAPPINESS by Devdutt Pattanaik HarperCollins, 2021, 191 pp., 350.00
October 2022, volume 46, No 10

The sudden rise in the number of Self-Help books, Ted talks, motivational write ups is a sign of human malaise that needs sorting out. A distinct connect between consumerism, capitalism and crisis of communication has shown a demand for value-oriented knowledge systems that teach you to be good and do good unto others. Devdutt Pattanaik is one such motivational writer and speaker whose books sell, and ideas instill wisdom. He draws inspiration from the Indian scriptures. An author of more than fifty self-help books, he writes and illustrates with equal ease.  A close reading of the text reveals his passion for a value-laden human existence. This small self-help book examines the fundamental precepts that guide human behaviour. If on one hand Dharma enables us to focus on the hunger of others, Moksha frees us from hunger of all sorts. 

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