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It is the evolution of Kali, from her origins as a Tantric Goddess to her metamorphosis into a divinity in mainstream religions, that the author captures brilliantly in this book....

Title : The Book Of Kali
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ISBN : 9780670057733
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 480 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Book Of Kali Reviews

  • Soumyabrata Sarkar
    2018-12-25 12:40

    At first, let me jot down something that enraged me very much!!It's a tiny-tiny book, with near about 140 pages and a price-tag of Rs. 250.Even after I received the book at half price, I was quite disappointed in the outlook of this book. I was like. . . .this is so tiny! And the myth of Kali is so huge in retrospect! What did they put into that? A bunch of popular stories and a couple of drawings! What is new in that! Why did I waste my bucks on this??But now, after reading this NOT-EVEN-150-PAGES book, perhaps, I get the irony of the cover-picture! The picture of the Goddess with her tongue outstretched! perhaps Mocking Me, while I was judging it with my "NATURAL JUDGEMENT" . . . . . . judging the book by it's cover (size and thickness and relative price to be apt)!Boy!! was I WRONG!!It is literally like a compact and compressed book that compresses 1000 of information in those few pages. It's an extremely intense, vivid and acute book that requires you to go through several readings and separate understandings from each of the viewpoints the author offers to fully understand the import. From Kali's forms, to her manifestations, her tales and rituals of worshiping, her traces of origins from the pre-Aryan and perhaps Dravidian culture, and the metamorphosis the goddess went through when society wanted to domesticate her, and finally the wisdom she offers . . . . . it's really a great-read!! The book is really a beauty to read through. Based on the lectures and writings of the popular mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik and his unconventional and beautiful sketches, and the compilation his sister(the author) provides, it's a book that I am glad to keep in my bookshelf. There are also a couple of popular hymns, to Kali provided at last, acknowledging her, praising her, fearing her, and worshiping her.The best part of this book is in it's CONCLUSION! Where, it succeeds in portraying riveting and fascinating details and the myriad manifestations of the enigmatic goddess. Here the author provides answers to the old-age stigmas, horrors and misunderstandings that are generally associated with Kali. Why is she dark and naked? Why is her hair unbound? Why does she drink blood? Why is her tongue open? Is she embarrassed of her behavior, or mocking the viewer? Why she looks so violent? and so many more! The different observations of the scriptures, legends and myths gives you a whole picture of the CIRCLE OF KALI, and the truth may set you free or blow-up in your face!It helps you to decode the meaning behind the gruesome and grim, and help you to acquire the perception into the Hindu approach to the divine. Hrim, Srim, Krim!!

  • Soumyabrata Sarkar
    2019-01-14 04:44

    At first, let me jot down something that enraged me very much!!It's a tiny-tiny book, with near about 140 pages and a price-tag of Rs. 250.Even after I received the book at half price, I was quite disappointed in the outlook of this book. I was like. . . .this is so tiny! And the myth of Kali is so huge in retrospect! What did they put into that? A bunch of popular stories and a couple of drawings! What is new in that! Why did I waste my bucks on this??But now, after reading this NOT-EVEN-150-PAGES book, perhaps, I get the irony of the cover-picture! The picture of the Goddess with her tongue outstretched! perhaps Mocking Me, while I was judging it with my "NATURAL JUDGEMENT" . . . . . . judging the book by it's cover (size and thickness and relative price to be apt)!Boy!! was I WRONG!!It is literally like a compact and compressed book that compresses 1000 of information in those few pages. It's an extremely intense, vivid and acute book that requires you to go through several readings and separate understandings from each of the viewpoints the author offers to fully understand the import. From Kali's forms, to her manifestations, her tales and rituals of worshiping, her traces of origins from the pre-Aryan and perhaps Dravidian culture, and the metamorphosis the goddess went through when society wanted to domesticate her, and finally the wisdom she offers . . . . . it's really a great-read!! The book is really a beauty to read through. Based on the lectures and writings of the popular mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik and his unconventional and beautiful sketches, and the compilation his sister(the author) provides, it's a book that I am glad to keep in my bookshelf. There are also a couple of popular hymns, to Kali provided at last, acknowledging her, praising her, fearing her, and worshiping her.The best part of this book is in it's CONCLUSION! Where, it succeeds in portraying riveting and fascinating details and the myriad manifestations of the enigmatic goddess. Here the author provides answers to the old-age stigmas, horrors and misunderstandings that are generally associated with Kali. Why is she dark and naked? Why is her hair unbound? Why does she drink blood? Why is her tongue open? Is she embarrassed of her behavior, or mocking the viewer? Why she looks so violent? and so many more! The different observations of the scriptures, legends and myths gives you a whole picture of the CIRCLE OF KALI, and the truth may set you free or blow-up in your face!It helps you to decode the meaning behind the gruesome and grim, and help you to acquire the perception into the Hindu approach to the divine. Hrim, Srim, Krim!!