Book Reviews

Siddhartha: Marwa Akbar

Siddhartha is a masterpiece novel of Herman Hesse, who is a writer from Germany. He wrote this book in German language, but it subsequently earned the honour and prestige of having been translated in various languages around the world. In the 1960s, this book had ranked among the most famous books of that time, and this continued to be the most read and discussed book in the following years as well. It is basically a fictional story of the main character Siddhartha, which is very inspiring for the readers. There is a unique journey of Siddhartha that makes the book more beautiful and interesting. The journey of him starts from his teenage life to his manhood from satisfaction to his inner peace.

Siddhartha grew up with his friend Govinda, in the shade of the house, in the sunshine on the river bank by the boats. Siddhartha had princely qualities, and he was beloved of everyone in the town, but he still was not satisfied with his life. He wanted to find his inner peace. After getting permission from his father, he starts his journey with his friend Govinda to find our peace and become a saint. They both join a radical group where he learns meditation, the think to wait, and fast and many more. In this journey, they further meet Bhuda, and Govinda would be inspired by his teaching and love to be Bhuda’s student. But Siddhartha thinks not to have a teacher and leaves as he continues his journey, he meets with a beautiful woman in a town. The woman, whose name is Kamala, is rich enough and beautiful too and Siddhartha falls in her love. When she asks him about his wealth, he replies, I can wait, I can think, and I can fast and nothing else.

But because Kamala wants gifts and money, for which Siddhartha gets a job in the town. After all he gets Kamala love, money, everything that he needs, he starts gambling and other dirty things. Among these all, one day he realizes that these things all are nonsense, and he leaves his goal behind. From there he leaves the town and continues his journey further.

He meets with a ferryman near a river. He starts learning the language of water, in the river. After years, Kamala returns to him with his son, years gone by and he begins to understand the world around him, without any teacher, without any book. He does not do anything to interfere with his goal because he knows his goal will be achieved by him one day.

The writer studies at DELTA



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