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Friday, November 15, 2019

Roopa Pai a Computer Engineer the Gita and Vedas for Kids and Seekers

After the four-year project ended, the scientific-minded Roopa wrote an entertaining science book for kids, What If Earth Stopped Spinning? (2014) And then Vatsala asked her a question which went on to change her life.
Roopa's own new book, From Leeches to Slug Glue: 25 Explosive Ideas that Made  (and Are Making) Modern Medicine (Puffin) takes her back to the world of science, narrating the history of medicine for kids.

A computer engineer from Bengaluru, married to an IIT-IIM graduateand  having travelled and  lived around the world with him – from Delhi and Mumbai to New York, London and Orlando – the last thing Roopa Pai would have imagined in her youth was becoming an authority on the  Bhagavad Gita, Vedas and Upanishads, and writing books about them.She dismisses modern-day debates on who the Aryans were. “How does it matter? Those who are secure about the truth have no need to argue. Studying the scriptures has changed me. It’s made me
 less judgemental, and more at peace with diverse ideas and viewpoints. 
Instead, I keep asking myself, 
who am I?”
Mindfulness is a quality one must work on, avers Roopa,
 but it is one that also comes with a caveat. “Yes, it’s empowering
to be aware of your actions, but it’s also terrifying because now
 you must take responsibility for all the consequences as well,”
 she explains.
Our religion is certainly not for the faint of heart.

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