This is a masterful translation of the Bhagavad Gita , along with the Sanskrit original. A faithful rendition of the 2000-year-old 'Song Celestial', Bibek Debroy's translation resonates with the spirit of the original, while using modern idiom and language. He captures, verse by verse, the essence of this ancient philosophical poem, which debates eternal questions of right and wrong, action and consequence, and the conflicting nature of duty and love. The text stands by itself, complete and without interpolation, juxtaposed with the Sanskrit for easy reference; interpretation and explanation are tucked away as tes at the end.
Bibek Debroy is a professional economist educated in Presidency College (Kolkata), Delhi School of Economics and Trinity College (Cambridge). He has taught in colleges and universities (Kolkata, Pune) and management institutes (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) and worked in research organizations (National Council for Applied Economic Research, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies) and for the government (Department of Economic Affairs). He has published academic papers and books and also written popular articles as a columnist (Business Today, Business Standard, Financial Express, Indian Express, Telegraph). His special interests are trade, law and the political economy of reforms. But beyond economics, Bibek Debroy has earlier (with his wife) written a book on the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and published abridged translations of the four Vedas, the eleven major Upanishads and the nineteen major Puranas. His papers on Indology have been published in Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute.