The Singing Guru by Kamla K. Kapur | A Book Review
Product Details –
- Pages: 240
- Genre: Religious Fiction
- Publishers: Jaico Publishing House
- ISBN – 13: 978-1608875030
My Rating : 4.9/5
Goodreads Rating: 4.3/5
‘The Singing Guru’ is a captivating depiction – part history, part fiction – of beautiful stories told by none other than the companion of the Guru Nanak, Bhai Mardana. He is Guru Nanak’s friend, disciple and companion in all his travels around the world. Even being a Hindu-Muslim duo, they never seem to be apart. Different stories in the book capture the ignorance of Bhai Mardana due to his desires and ego-self or a gurmukh, as the Guru Nanak calls it. It also captures the important lessons learned by Bhai Mardana on his journey from gurmukh to manmukh (or divine self or bliss). The book acts a bridge between materialistic world and spiritual world, answering many common questions of a normal human mind related to attachment, bliss, ego, god, universe and many more.
The title suits the book well. Both the title and cover are simple, classy and catchy. The design of the book is sophisticated; the title of every chapter is written above a Mandala art and various drawings are also present, which display some scene of the story.
The language of the book is amazing, I learned many new words. Characters of the various stories are developed properly. The writing style of the author is smooth. Pace of the book is slow but gripping. The narration is proper and from third person’s POV.
Stories are soulful, enlightening, dramatic and somewhere entertaining too. The book has over 40 Shabads (hymns) of Guru Nanak; the hymns that bought many sinners to his feet and many wanderers to their home. The hymns are also present in Sikh’s holy book, Shri Guru Granth Sahib. The lessons from the hymns are crafted beautifully.
To clear the confusion of the reality and fiction, author added a bibliography in which she has mentioned which part has been taken from which book and what part of fiction she had added, which is really helpful and unique. This book is the first part of her new series; the second book will be more about the Mardana and Guru Nanak’s families, whom got less attention in this one and I’m already excited to read that one.
All in all, this book is a spiritual guide to all. The book has helped me a lot in learning and understanding very basic yet deep and complicated concepts like if everything is destined then why we are responsible for our own deeds? Spiritual deep questions like this are easily explained in the book in the form of a story. Anyone who needs spiritual guidance and loves history and spiritual texts can undoubtedly read it.