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Friday, 27 February 2015

Bol Bam : Approaches to Shiva

Faith remains strong, even in the midst of devastation. We are stimulated daily by constant reminders of God around us, says Scharada Dubey. There are the daily calls to prayer, devotional songs, calendar pictures, roadside shrines but it is pilgrimages that are the most visible way in which faith is expressed. A yatra is essentially a shared spiritual journey and the writer has undertaken many of her own, particularly to places central to the worship of Shiva. To some, choice seemed an odd one, since there are many reasons for non-belief today but Dubey chooses not to turn her back on such cultural riches. Large numbers of people move across the country in obedience to the rhythm of a seasonal call that their forefathers have answered. This book seeks to explore several such yatras through the particular prism of Shiva worship. Shiva occupies a unique place in the Hindu pantheon as a deity equally close to the hearts of vagrants and addicts, the disabled and the no hopers and to the more empowered sections of society. Perceptions of Shiva and of his worshippers provide the conversational cues for interviews with the people whose accounts and words enrich this book. In it, readers will meet pilgrims and priests, public administrators and all mainstream or marginal participants in journeys undertaken to please their god. Dubey joins the throng around Shiva, observing, listening, absorbing the deep, quiet enchantment of faith.

About the Author

Scharada Dubey was born in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh and showed an early aptitude for writing, winning First Prize in an essay competition conducted by the Royal Commonwealth Society across the Commonwealth countries for her essay on the Indian farmer in 1973-74. She graduated from St. Xaviers College, writing articles for various magazines and newspapers and working briefly in the publishing industry. She has also briefly lectured in Sociology after her post graduation. She began writing stories for children as Scharada Bail shortly after the birth of her daughter in 1986 and these appeared regularly along with other articles for children in the Young World section of The Hindu. She won the Travelogue category of the National Competition for Writers of Childrens Books conducted by the Childrens Book Trust on three consecutive occasions. These prize winning entries were then published as her first three books, Footloose on the West Coast, Malwa on My Mind and a Necessary Journey. She has published several titles after that, including Portraits from Ayodhya: Living Indias Contradictions and profiles of the Presidents and Prime Ministers of India, all published by Westland. She is also a popular practitioner of Tarot.

Product details

  • Binding:   Paperback
  • Publisher: Westland Publisher  
  • Language:  English
  • ISBN-10: 938326053X
  • ISBN-13: 9789383260539
  • Author: Scharada Dubey
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