“Let all listen, and be willing to listen to the doctrines professed by others.” ~ Ashoka
Ashoka narrates the life of King Ashoka, a great Mauryan emperor of India. Retold by Sheila Dhir, the biographical account traces the nuances from the life a great emperor. From being the hard-hearted conqueror of lands to the one who conquered millions with his doctrines of dharma, love, and peace, Sheila Dhir takes her readers through the radical transformation of the hero, King Ashoka.
Paving his own way in life through the paths of mystery and trauma, the work shows how Ashoka becomes the ardent believer of Buddha and his teachings on ahimsa and dharma. In Dhir’s retelling on the life of Ashoka, he ‘shines and shines brightly like a bright star even unto this day’, as H.G. Wells said in his book The Outline of History. Though this version of the life of Ashoka is a little different from the original Pali manuscripts, the book is definitely a good read for the children and even adults. Be it with the illustrations or the colour choices, the book is set in the right mood in justice with the storyline.
Have you ever wondered on the significance of the Ashoka Chakra or the Ashoka Pillar? If yes, this classic edition of Ashoka is definitely your pick.