Based in the time of Gautama Buddha in India, this novel details a man’s journey to spiritual and mental enlightenment. Siddhartha, joined by his friend Govinda, leaves behind his home and family to embark upon his quest for spiritual illumination as an ascetic wandering beggar of the Shramanas.
The two friends renounce all worldly assets and meditate intensely. But eventually both friends part ways when Govinda joins the Buddhist order and Siddhartha continues his quest alone. On his journey for salvation, Siddhartha soon finds himself trapped in a range of human emotions, from hunger to greed, passion to pleasure, despair, boredom, love and hope.
His life eventually circles him back to a river he had crossed as a young ascetic, where he eventually attains enlightenment. The story celebrates nature’s self-sustaining cycle and presses people to simply accept and love the world in its entirety.
Penned in a poetic yet powerful way by the Nobel Laureate Herman Hesse in 1922, the book was originally written in German and then published in U.S. in 1951. It is considered as one of his most influential books on spirituality and wisdom.
About the author:
Herman Hesse: An Ex-speaker at IIMs and IITs, he had conducted various highly interactive events and seminars on ‘How to Lead with a Story’ and ‘The Art of Storytelling’ in colleges across India. He has a strong belief that, writing and storytelling, if understood properly, can act as a very powerful tool for budding engineers, managers and entrepreneurs of India.