Bhatt & Sonavi Desai at the
of the Book March 22, 2009
Compiled by Arun Babani
Foreword by Mahesh Bhatt
Introduction by Mukunda Rao
U.G. Krishnamurti's teachings pose a great challenge to
the religious traditions all over the world. What UG said
was outside the field of teachability. In point of fact,
there was no teacher, no taught and thereby no teaching.
There was no symbolism, no metaphysics, no mysticism involved
in his words. He meant what he said, literally. This book
collection of his quotations.
ISBN: 978-81-88569-19-9 * Paperback * pp 214 * 140 mm
x 215 mm * Rs. 199.00
Released on 22 March 2009. Available on Amazon.com. Also
available in India by VPP. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Will shortly be available in bookstores across India.
Indus Source Books
Journey of Sonavi Desai of Indus Source which led to publishing
of the Book
I did not
know much about UG until Arun Babani walked into my office sometime
in mid-January 2009 to buy some books. I had heard of UG but
had read nothing about him. Arun and I got talking and he mentioned
that he had compiled a small gift book of UG quotations and
asked whether I would like to publish it. He sent me a copy
of the book the same day. At that time I was very busy with
two books that were to be released in March/April. I kept the
UG book on my desk, with the intention of considering it later.
every time I took a break from working, my eyes would fall on
it. The face on the cover was strangely compelling. Finally,
a few days later I opened it and went through the quotations.
My reactions were mixed - I was sometimes confused, sometimes
indignant, some quotes seemed totally incomprehensible, and
some made me laugh at their sheer frankness and irreverence.
But the thought that made me decide to go ahead with the publication
was the underlying brutal honesty. I would turn a page and Boom!
It was as though something had jumped out and punched me in
the eye. There was something appealing about this almost radical
expression of ideas. I phoned Arun and told him I would publish
it sometime in the second half of 2009. He requested me to release
it on 22 March. We were already in February by then and it seemed
impossible. The book as it existed was small, about 80 pages;
I wanted at least 200. I also needed to be able to get the other
books out of my head and devote myself to this one. I could
only promise to try my best.
that things seemed to just flow. Arun emailed me another file
of quotations. I expressed a desire to include photos and within
days I got a cd from Chandrashekarji. An updated Foreword from
Mahesh Bhatt and an Introduction from Mukunda Rao arrived almost
immediately on request. I began reading The Other Side of Belief,
which is so beautifully written. And very soon, the ideas for
the format developed and crystallized. I had to then turn to
a very important player in this whole process - my printer.
Could he give me copies by 22 March? He promised me at least
50 copies for the launch. (To his credit, I received 200 copies
at 8.00 p.m. on 21 March!)
And so began
a lot of feverish activity. Weekends were forgotten. Ideas were
transformed into computer images, sometimes discarded or altered.
Dummies, proofs, corrections. The cover was surprisingly easy.
When I went through Chandrashekharji's cd and came across this
particular photo, there were no second thoughts. It was the
one - a very intense, beautiful picture. The back cover and
quote also fell into place instantly.
was released in Bangalore on 22 March by Mahesh Bhatt at Chandrashekharji's
house. I think this book will be very useful to those who want
to get a glimpse of what UG was as well as to those who knew
him. As a publisher of books on spirituality and philosophy,
I see my role as a medium to present diverse points of view
and traditions to help readers decide their own path in the
journey of life. To quote UG: "Only if you reject all the
other paths can you discover your own."