‘The Gita for Children’ Set for UK Swift Press publication

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Ancient Hindi scripture on dharma, yogic ideals and philosophy is reinterpreted for children by Roopa Kai.

An illustration accompanying the press releases for the UK edition of “The Gita for Children”, no illustrator credit provided

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

Lessons from an old conversation

Bbe billed as “an approachable friend and guide designed to reassure, empower and orient young readers in an increasingly chaotic and morally upside-down world”, The Gita for children is listed by Swift Press in the UK for an October 13 release.

It is the work of Roopa Pai, “a computer engineer who always knew she was going to write for children”, according to the publisher.

What she does for the 700-verse Hindi “Song of God” from the first millennium is captured in the table of contents, in which the sections are titled “In which Arjuna learns that exercise is a valid form of worship and “In which Krishna explains the importance of time for me.”

Pai is the author of several earlier books, including Taranautsdescribed as “India’s premier fantasy adventure series for children”, and Vedas and Upanishads for children.

Despite being redesigned as a children’s edition, this upcoming release would be the first adaptation of the Bhagavad Vita United Kingdom.

The Gita for children, according to promotional material in media messages, is particularly aimed at young people 21st Century (and their parents)” – which seems like a good time, of course, because only 21st century young people and their parents are currently alive to read it.

The of the Baghavad-Gita, of course, is on a battlefield, which can certainly have some resonance for today’s conflict-weary readers.

Roopa Pai

“The book not only stays true to the Gita story,” the descriptive copy continues, “but also brings everyday examples that illustrate how the GitaThe luminous wisdoms of can be applied to our daily life (“Lessons from the Gita‘), and links these wisdoms to other countries and cultures (“Echos of the Gita‘), universalizing the ancient text and making it relevant to everyone.

Coming to something with a bit more substance on the book, the media post reads: “This book is particularly relevant to a Brit audience from indian the diaspora is the most important [UK] ethnic group after the white population, totaling 1.4 million people or 2.5% of all Britons population.

“In addition, Hindus are the third largest [UK] religious group.”

If the title means something to children’s book specialists, it may be because The Gita for children was published in 2019 by Hachette India Children’s Books in 2019, having been written in 2016. Illustrations for this edition are credited to Sayan Mukherjee, while no illustration credit for the next UK edition has yet been offered to the press.


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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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