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Press Trust Of India
March 24, 2003
The Guru of Joy
Francois Gautier
Books Today
Pages: 269
Price: Rs. 395

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has captured the hearts of many, from the rich and powerful to those belonging to the middle order of society. A biography of such an influential man is well in order.

Gautier, a French journalist who has lived in India for the last 32 years, takes up this monumental task (any biography is difficult writing for it needs to capture not just the facts of the subject’s life, not also his moods, his mind, his soul).

Accompanied by pictures, Gautier travels through the guru’s childhood, growing years, and his organisation, and his beliefs. Gautier’s point of view is, however, that of a follower. Does that keep him unbiased?