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Walking Wisdom: A Review of the Book By Gotham and Deepak Chopra
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Are you a fan of Deepak Chopra?
I Heard the Chopra's Talk About This Book on TV
I was looking through the eBook selections on my public library's website the other day when a book caught my eye. It had a nice cover and was written by Gotham and Deepak Chopra. Yes, those Chopras. I remembered them doing an interview together to promote this book. It sounded like an interesting topic, so I decided to give it a read.
This isn't your usual Deepak Chopra book, but there are spiritual overtones. It's written in his son's voice. The father is a supporting player, sometimes giving insights, sometimes in the role of student. The spiritual teacher in this one is Cleo, a very small dog owned by Gotham and his wife, Candice.
It All Starts With the Dog
Cleo enters their life as a very small puppy. Candice is smitten but Gotham is not so sure about the whole thing. We find out more about her through her daily walks, her relationship with family, her unruly behavior, and her humorous antics. I fell in love with Cleo from the start. She reminded me so much of my quirky Jack Russell Terrier, Misha. I recognized similar tendencies and personality traits. Though, I think, Misha might be a bit better behaved.
The authors have crafted a warm and sometimes funny collection of stories taken from their lives. We see Cleo's interactions with Gotham, his wife, and his son. Her reach spreads throughout the family. Though I would not call her an example of a well trained dog, she is loyal, loving, and a teacher in that special way that dogs are. The specialness of that relationship comes through the writing. You know she means a lot to the authors.
Though this book is about the family's relationship with Cleo, some stories don't involve her as the family goes on separate journeys. I felt there was a good balance of Cleo versus non-Cleo tales. You can see Cleo's paw prints in their lives even when she is not present.
A Little Bit About the Son
Gotham Chopra was born in Boston, MA in 1975. He is the son of Deepak and Rita Chopra. He is a graduate of Columbia University.
He started his career as an anchor for Channel One. He is a writer, producer, and director. is part owner of Chopra Media, Liquid Comics, and the IntentBlog.
Gotham Chopra wrote this book along with his father, though it is told through the son's eyes with the dog's help.
The Famous Man as His Son Sees Him
An interesting aspect of this book is seeing Deepak Chopra through his son's eyes. We know one side of the man who writes books on spiritual topics and who teaches people how to meditate and center themselves in modern life.
His son sees the other side. We find out the father is human after all. It is through Deepak's interactions with Cleo that we know him better. Though, he isn't comfortable with the dog, she somehow earns his admiration. By the end of the book, they are true companions.
A Little Bit About the Father
Deepak Chopra was born in 1947 in New Delhi, India. He married Rita in 1974.
He is a physician who specialized in endocrinology. He is a well known author and speaker. He educates people on the benefits of alternative medicine.
His first book came out in 1987. It was titled "Creating Health". He has also written a few novels. He has written 75 books in all.
An Interesting Way to Look at a Celebrity
I thought this was an interesting way to get to know a person that is so much in the public eye. Instead of a straightforward memoir highlight the triumphs and tribulations, we get to see who Deepak Chopra from the people closest to him. We find he is human (surprise!).
For the most part, I enjoyed this book. I laughed at Cleo's manipulations of those around her. Oh yes, my Misha is just like this! I rolled my eyes at the scene on the airplane. I felt touched when Cleo and Deepak began to bond. The only part of this book that I didn't really care for was the section devoted to their relationship with Michael Jackson. I understand why the authors added this section. Jackson was terrified of dogs and somehow Cleo worked her way into his trust. But, I'm not really interested in him. This section went on a little too long for me.
The Author on His Work
Walking Wisdom is a joint collaboration between father and son. Gotham Chopra, with the help of his dog, Cleo, talks about what the book is about and why he wrote it. While Gotham talks about the book, Cleo sits there looking adorable.
What I Got From It
I could relate to this book on so many levels. I've owned many dogs and know that special bond very well. I've also watched my own father, who didn't really care for animals, warm up to them. He always complained about picking up dog poop in the yard (or stepping in it). Yet, he carried photos of our Lab, Sierra, and of Misha in his wallet. Not one of the slots carried a photo of his five kids!
We may say we own dogs, but really, they have that way of becoming a part of our families in a way that is special and different than that of the people in our lives. This book does a wonderful job of showing how dogs become our teachers, that we learn many life lessons through them, and how we are blessed by having canine companions in our lives.