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Spoke In The Wheel: A Novel About The Buddha By Amita Kanekar,

  • Title: Spoke In The Wheel: A Novel About The Buddha
  • Author: Amita Kanekar
  • ISBN: 9788172235741
  • Page: 127
  • Format: None
  • Upali, embittered survivor of a brutal war of conquest, is given a job by the emperor, Ashoka, the victor of that war to write the first ever chronicle about the Buddha, three hundred years after he sets in motion the Wheel of the Dhamma For the emperor is set on a new conquest, that of DhammaSo begins a search for the Buddha and a fight over his message Was it renuUpali, embittered survivor of a brutal war of conquest, is given a job by the emperor, Ashoka, the victor of that war to write the first ever chronicle about the Buddha, three hundred years after he sets in motion the Wheel of the Dhamma For the emperor is set on a new conquest, that of DhammaSo begins a search for the Buddha and a fight over his message Was it renunciation Individual salvation Universal compassion Tolerance, or even intolerance Questions surface among the Buddha s followers, fearful and then angry, to be fought over viciously even as the sangha rises to glorious imperial patronage that will sustain it for over a millennium and reach it to half the world This is the story of that story, of the Buddha as seen by his admirers, among them an ordinary monk, one of the questioners, and an extraordinary king, who seemed to have all the answers In unassuming but agile prose, Amita Kanekar takes us to the time of the Buddha, then to that of Ashoka, and back again The wheel is in motion, we move from one to the other, spinning with the wheel, becoming one with change.
    Spoke In The Wheel A Novel About The Buddha Upali embittered survivor of a brutal war of conquest is given a job by the emperor Ashoka the victor of that war to write the first ever chronicle about the Buddha three hundred years after he s

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    1. Firstly let me say it was near impossible to find a copy of this book and i found it after many months of dedicated searchbut it was worth it A spoke in the wheel belongs to the same genre of historical mythological fiction as Amish s Shiva triology.Except that it is much better written, complex and historically accurate than the shiva series The story works at multiple timelines and levels at the time of Buddha and then 300 years later at the time of Ashoka However the story is really about tr [...]

    2. Having just finished Osamu Tezuka s Graphic saga on Buddha s life, I laid my hands on this one, and saw the fairy tale breaking, giving way to a forgotten and life like and believable telling of the times of the prince of Kapilavastu An observer of things around him, trying to find their meanings and consequences, and looking for the meaning of life We get our protagonists in two persons Siddharta himself, and an acolyte named Upali, who undergoes the pain of chronicling the life of and teachin [...]

    3. The book is Authors attempt to give an alternate and realistic underpinning to the story of how the Indian Prince Siddhartha became The Buddha An interesting read till the end, the whole novel oscillates between two parallel stories, first, the story of Buddha, second, the story of a monk Upali living during the time of Emperor Ashoka , the emperor who after a brutal and devastating war has suddenly undertaken the path of Dhamma The monk , who has his own reasons to hate the emperor, is commissi [...]

    4. Stephen Batchelor s talks on the life of Siddhattha Gotama sparked my curiosity and a wish to learn about the life of the Buddha and other key figures of the Axial Age, and about the social, economic and political influences during those times I began an exploration of biographical works such as The Life of the Buddha by Bhikku Nanamoli, Gotama Buddha by Hajime Nakamura, Gautama Buddha by Iqbal Singh and also dipped into historical novels a favourite genre , notably, Amita Kanekar s Spoke in th [...]

    5. A novel about the Buddha is the way the book is described Let s start from that It s probably to dispel any ambiguity about the book s historical authenticity it is a work of historical fiction But such is the force of the narrative that it really becomes easy to believe that this version is probably the correct one It is also the most novel way of presenting the Buddha that I have read.The book has two parallel narratives One traverses the path of the Buddha s life, and the other is set almost [...]

    6. An alternate retelling of the life of the Buddha Upali a monk, gets entrusted by Emperor Ashok to chronicle the life of the Buddha and he sets about this task by firmly placing Siddharth in the realm of the mortals.With a structure of two alternate narrations one of the life of Buddha and the other of Upali , the book was interesting in parts Imagining life in the republics of Magadha, Kosala and the Sakyas were pretty fascinating and kept me engaged The conflicting perceptions of Ashoka by his [...]

    7. Intertwining of narratives was quite good but in places the pace was sluggish, failing to hold my interest But on the whole, it may be read for throwing an entirely different light on our idea of the Buddha s enlightenment.

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