Bookish Witch

The Greatest Game by Greg Rajaram

Blurb (as on Amazon):

Ever since humans became self-aware, we have struggled to find the meaning of life. The price we paid for becoming intelligent was to become painfully ignorant of the difference between good and evil.

Adi, a 10-year-old boy, works together with two old philosophers as they try to unravel the prophecy of a promised King. With an insatiable curiosity, Adi must work with the wise men as they rationalize with each other on why and how humans became intelligent. Together they attempt to answer some of the most profound questions related to existence. Does evolution end with human beings or is there an ‘Overman’ who can reach evolution’s pinnacle? Will this Overman be able to define values for humankind?

Centuries later a young boy promises his mother that he will always uphold the love that she has taught him. It is a promise that drowns him in the nectar of the gods. Krish grows up to be an engineer and joins a team of scientists as they try to create artificial consciousness in a machine.

Krish soon realizes that he has a bigger fight on his hands. A fight to preserve love in a desolate world. His quest for true love ultimately leads him down a path where he comes face to face with a fearsome snake delivering a kiss of death.
Humans have come a long way by questioning the nature of objects around us and pushing the limits of our intelligence, but it’s now time that we ask the greatest question yet: when does intelligence transcend to become consciousness?

Genre: Mythological and Contemporary Fiction

Pages: 168

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 175 INR/$2.99
  • Paperback: 299 INR/$10.99

My Rating: 4.4/5

Divided into two parts, this book tells interwoven tales about various characters. The first part is about the yesteryears, whereas the second part is a contemporary (or rather dystopian) tale. While both are different in their setting and narrative, the underlying messages are similar and inspiring.

What I liked about the book:


-> It is a wonderful fictional tale around philosophy and man’s position in the universe.
-> It is a thought-provoking and compelling read. In its own way, it helps us to understand the relationship between humanity, evolution, and the universe.
-> It is a multi-genre book that will satisfy lovers of all kinds of reading. It fits the definition of almost all genres quite nicely. You can find mythology, spirituality, history, science, philosophy, ideology, AI and so much more.

What I did not like about the book:


-> The stories need to be read with high concentration. Otherwise one loses the track of the plot. This sometimes takes away the charm of the reading and in fact, becomes complex and confusing.

Quotable quotes:


-> Love is the answer,
Why you ask?
Because the nice guy son,
Has to win just once.

-> It takes great courage to let go of the people you love.
-> We need to accept what we don’t know. There is no point to life without mystery.
-> What is done out of love is always beyond good and evil.
-> Only art will allow you to get as close to the truth as possible.

-> Music has the power to bring people together.
-> You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
-> Your suffering can drive you to madness.

-> “What can a fruit teach us about life?”
“It teaches us that life is nothing but a fruit within a fruit. Everybody is worried about their own existence and place in the universe. However, they fail to realize that the essence of life is much like fruits and their seed within. The seed has the capacity
to grow and provide more fruits. Similarly, the universe exists both outside and within you. It’s just a fruit within a fruit.
-> There is no sin in love.

>”The mirror is the greatest lie that man invented.”
“What do you mean?”
“Whether you look good or not really depends on how you feel about yourself on the inside.”
-> This whole world can be yours if you want it to be.

-> The heart is brainier than the brain.
-> Entrepreneurship is the ability to see an opportunity where nobody else does.
-> The most dangerous man in the world is not the one who incites fear but the one who has overcome his worst fears.
-> Truth manifests itself when your worst fears are conquered, and you need courage to do it.

> The most beautiful aspect of art is that it can be open to many interpretations.
-> The mask that we wear for the world is more true than anything you feel within you.
-> Love exists when there is perfect harmony between masculine and feminine energy.
-> The greatest fear can only be overcome by the greatest love.
-> Artists are known to be the best lovers and it seems appropriate to be an artist in a world that has forgotten how to love.
-> Love is the deepest abyss that man can stare into.
-> Truth hides in plain sight and that’s what makes it so beautiful.

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