Kama: The Riddle of desire
KGurcharan Das 548pp, ~799 Penguin ama or desire has a compelling quality that preys on human vulnerability often at the cost of the other three goals of life ordained in the scriptures, Dharma, Artha and Moksha. Overt emphasis on these three goals may have devalued kama to the extent that its immense creative force has been left unexplored by most. In reality, middle-class morality has placed kama solely within the sensuousness of a human body, limiting it to the idea of romantic passion that fulfils one’s capability for (sexual) pleasure alone. If it is indeed as deplorable as it is made out to be why do philosophical treatises and ancient texts feature it as one of the four goals of life?
With an astute mind and a keen romantic eye, Gurcharan Das pieces together the riddle of desire to restore some balance as kama continues to oscillate between what he calls kama optimists and kama pessimists. While the optimists seek to draw a meaningful purpose of life from it, the pessimists consider it a human limitation.
A FICTIONAL MEMOIR, THE BOOK IS AN AMBITIOUS UNDERTAKING ON BALANCING THE DICHOTOMY OF KAMA’S EXISTENCE IN THE BODY AND ITS REFLECTION IN THE MIND AND ITS ROLE IN FINDING THE MEANING OF LIFE