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'On the Plateau of the Peak' book review: The art of gurudom

A book by a sibling can scarcely be expected to be objective; one that is commissioned by a commercial publisher even less so

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‘on The Plateau Of The Peak’ Book Review

Manavi Kapur 



As a child growing up in the 1990s in a Tamil Brahmin maternal family, there was a natural affinity to religion in all walks of life. This was also the time the fad of spiritual gurus was slowly gathering momentum, and today, where there’s a Jaggi Vasudev for Indian elite classes, there’s a Radhe Maa for families from lower income groups. The Art of Living Foundation and its “guru” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, occupy the elite spiritual ecosystem in India, attracting English-speaking, peace-loving upper middle-income families, not to forget the deeply superstitious business and entrepreneurial class, into its fold.

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First Published: Thu, February 22 2018. 23:19 IST

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