Tell me what you can see, Arjuna,’ repeated Drona ‘Do you see the tree?’
‘No,’ said Arjuna.
‘Do you then see the bird?’ There was a sense of rising excitement in Drona’s voice.
‘No! I can simply see the eye of the bird, nothing else,’ responded Arjuna without taking his eyes off the target.
‘Now, shoot!’ Drona commanded in a shrill voice.
Everyone who stood there saw Arjuna’s arrow whizz past and heard a sharp click. The arrow was stuck in the middle of the bird’s eye.
That day, a legend was born. Arjuna was declared a shreshtha, a supreme human talent. Arjuna’s most powerful weapon was not his Gandiva. His power came from ekagrata—his one-pointed concentration.
Arjuna re-defined the limits of human achievement. He conquered his enemies with the sword of clarity and the shield of discrimination.
In this creative re-imagining of the story of Arjuna, Debashis Chatterjee mines the Mahabharata and discovers nine precious lessons that will enable any one of us to become heroes in our own lives. Whether it is gaining mastery over life, harnessing our will power, or prioritising action choices—these life-lessons from that most charismatic of Pandavas can truly put each one of us on the hero-path.
A magical blend of mythology and management, this book is worth reading and re-reading, many times over.