When I heard about a book titled the Dalai Lama’s Cat I was most intrigued. I am quite fascinated by the gentle and unassuming looking Buddhist leader who inspires the world with his calm teachings. So a book where the cat narrates his life with the Dalai Lama made for a very interesting premise indeed.
Title: The Dalai Lama’s Cat
Author: David Michie
Born and brought up in Africa, David Michie is quite a successful author of books on meditations, mindfulness and Buddhism. He came up with a series of books on the Dalai Lama’s cat that is a delightfully funny read with quite a sprinkle of life lessons in the subtle humour. His books are available in 26 languages and he is widely read in more than 40 countries.
On one of his visits to New Delhi, The Dalai Lama happened to see two boys dumping a small malnourished kitten into the dustbin. He quickly sent his attendant to rescue the slum feline which he then took with him to Macleodganj where he resides.
The wretched kitten soon fledged out into a healthy feline with all the love and good food showered onto it. As it sets out to explore her new surroundings, she is made aware of her special status by the people she encounters. Everywhere she goes, she is fawned upon and given saucers of milk, rich food and preferred spot in the sun to snooze.
Mousie –Tung is the name she is dubbed with while the Dalai Lama fondly calls her the little snow lion. She is also bestowed with the lofty title of His Holiness’s Cat or the HHC.
It is but inevitable that all of this attention goes to her head and she starts to bask in it. Slowly she realises that her importance is not due to her being but because she belongs to the Dalai Lama who is revered by the common man and the rich alike, everywhere in the world. She starts to absorb the teachings of His Holiness simply by being in his proximity and learns to adore him for it too.
She goes as far as to dub herself the Bodhicattava –In Buddhism, Bodhisattava is a person who has attained enlightenment.
Lasting Impression on me:
The premise of this book is absolutely adorable. The entire tale is narrated in the cat voice and its incredible how the author has managed to convey the feline emotions so realistically. The book is sprinkled with a liberal dose of spiritual lessons; of course these are dispensed by our feline heroine who is unfazed to rub herself against dignitaries and film stars alike. I quite liked how the author imbued so much zest into reflective thoughts and made it such a fun read.
This book gave me quite a reflective pause and I recommend it to those looking to ignite the same in their minds. My rating is a resounding 5 *****.
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Are you tempted by the premise of this book? Would you be interested in reading about the Dalai Lama from the eyes of a cat?
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