14 Mar 2017

The Dalai Lama's Cat ~ Book Review

The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie is one of the most adorable books I have ever read in recent times.

This book came to me as a gift to my Amazon Kindle Paper White. If not, I would not even thought of buying it. Like few other books in my shelf, I was not intended to read this immediately. At first I was hesitant to pick this but when I did, the book turned out to be a surprise from the Page 1.



About the author - David Michie is the author of Buddhism for Busy People, Hurry Up and Meditate and Enlightenment to Go and The Dalai Lama’s Cat - Art of Purring.

As the title implies, this is the story of The Dalai Lama’s Cat. and the cover page, cuteness overloaded. The author effortlessly transports us to the world of the narrator. I fell in love with the narrator from the first page and I was smiling all along.

The cat is referred as His Holiness’s Cat (HHC) by the monks in the monastery but the Dalai Lama addresses her as a Little Snow Lion. And, she is the protagonist. The entire story is the perspective of this Himalayan Cat. She begins the story from her birth on a roadside and how she became the Dalai Lama’s pet. And the story revolves around her and the people and the day to day events she encounters.

Having a cat as the storyteller, the book is very refreshing. The story is warm with simple narration and the writing is witty as well as profound. This cat even made me wonder what my pet birds think of me and my way of life. Well, that’s tough to say but then they are adored and spoiled, and sure enjoying their luxuries at home.

The HHC, much loved by the Dalai Lama and his staff, is free to wander everywhere in and out of the monastery. She enjoys the luxury as well as the closeness to Dalai Lama and his monks that others could even think of. It was very exciting to read her antics. Every detail of this cat is cute and funny. Especially her first fur ball experience, her tinge of jealousy over a dog that was brought in to the monastery, her love interest with a downtown cat and there are lots more.

Meantime, she also encounters people from different walks of life - Hollywood actress, monks, a self improvement author, a chef and many others who visits Dalai Lama. Where, she gets enlightened just by being closer to him.

This book is all about the events in the cat’s life laced with Buddhist philosophy. Some of the incidents are interesting and thought provoking. Most of the Dalai Lama’s private interactions with the cat are quite endearing. But I will not say this book is unputdownable as I took break quite a few times. And whenever I resumed, it still gave me the same feel, and no less.

Some passages instantly lit up my mood. Some stirred my thoughts with its deep topics. While, some helped me understand the complexities of life in simpler way. I have many favorite quotes from the book. I would like to highlight one here.

'You know, Professor, this stray kitten and you have one very important thing in common.' 'I can't imagine,' responded the professor coolly. 'Your life is the most important thing in the world to you,' said His Holiness. 'Same for this kitten.'

'For all of us with consciousness, our life is very precious. Therefore, we need to protect all sentient beings very much. Also, we must recognize that we share the same two basic wishes : the wish to enjoy happiness and the wish to avoid suffering.' These are themes the Dalai Lama repeat often and in limitless ways. 'We all share these wishes. But also the way we look for happiness and try to avoid discomfort is the same. Who among us does not enjoy a delicious meal? Who does not wish to sleep in a safe, comfortable bed? Author, monk – or stray kitten – we are all equal in that.' 'Most of all,' the Dalai Lama said, leaning over and stroking me with his index finger, 'all of us just want to be loved.'

But hey, this is not religious or self improvement book but it works that way as well. Other than spirituality and philosophy, this book brings lots of cheer through the Cat. If you are cat person, you will love it to the core.

The Dalai Lama’s Cat is an easy, relaxing and an enjoyable read.

28 comments:

  1. A cool perspective. Something new and nice. My sister would love this book! She is such a cat person.

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  2. As Salam Alikum sister
    Wow sounds like a good read thanks for sharing this book review and your thoughts on it

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  3. I haven't heard of this book, but the review has piqued my interest. Must be a different red having the cat as the protagonist...

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  4. This sounds like an interesting book.A cat who lives around Dalai Lama should have many interesting moments to share.It is good that this author has written all these moments in a book.I will check in the local library for this book.

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  5. Not heard of the book but thanknyou for the review. Always looking for books to add to my reading list.

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  6. That is one interesting book. Just the title alone, it already sparked my curiosity. I am pretty sure all over the book, the lessons we could take are scattered all over... we just have to know it, and most of all, use it in different situations in our life. I agree with using a cat for the narrative. Stories are a great way to pass values, and this reminds me of Og Mandino's writing style. Pretty soon, I will take a look on Amazon to see more details of this book.

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  7. Wow, like you, I would never have chosen this book not knowing anything about it (though the cover melted my heart so maybe that would have pulled me in enough!) it certainly sounds like an interesting read full of lessons and advice.

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  8. Sounds interesting sis... Suddenly remember our adopted cat. I can't really keep pets due to allergies, but my hubby and I found a black cat and he has been around being all cute and lovable with us.

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  9. I've not heard of this book before. If I was to judge it by the cover I would have not guessed it was anything like what you described it as. :)

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  10. The perspective sounds interesting. I would love to read it :-)

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  11. What a cute read! I would love to give thisbtona friend. Seems inspirational in a cute way. Very interesting.

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  12. This is a cool Perspective to the story. It is inspiring and motivating at the same time.

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  13. I love books that turn out to be wayy better than expected. This book sounds like one that a lot can be learnt from. Great review!

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  14. It's quite interesting indeed to be told from the perspective of the cat. They say that there are many good Buddhists. I've met some of them when I was in Thailand. They were very kind and helpful.

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  15. I'm not a cat person but I'll definitely share this with my friend who happens to be one! This is delightful! I wonder if they took Dalai Lama's permission to make this story up?!

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  16. I want this book!!! Hope I could find one at the bookstore. I got excited just upon seeing the book cover because I love cats so much that I wanna bite them (lol!). I'd probably check the nearest bookstore tomorrow, or the next day, coz i really wanna know how the cat's life had been with the Dalai Lama. Thanks for sharing your review bout the book!!

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  17. This must be really an interesting book. I wanna learn more about Dalai Lama...

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  18. Aww this is so cute - we used to have a cat and I miss him so much - we had to rehome him after a while :(

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  19. I will be adding this to my list of books to read. Thanks for your review.

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  20. Based on the things you mentioned, this book do sounds like a very interesting read. Who doesn't love cats, right? I sure would love to read this one, I hope I can get my hands on a copy real soon.

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  21. I've never heard of this book but it sounds very interesting with the way you talk about it. I'm not really a fan of cats, but they're so cute, duh! So maybe one day if I had the chance I'll try to read this book too. Thank you so much for the share!

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  22. I am such a cat person! Would totally love to get my hand's on this book and give it a read <3 (www.beautywithzainy.com and www.spicyfusionkitchen.com)

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  23. Seems like a great read! Too bad I don't have an account on Amazon. I would've enjoyed reading this as I have always been a cat person ❤️

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  24. I am a moody reader and this one is an attention-hacker. Seems a good one to read. I think Im gonna look for this one here. I just hope I can get one.

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  25. The cat's a storyteller, very interesting. I can hear "hoomins" inside my head but yeah, I think that's not how the cat sounded like in the book. I haven't read a novel in a while, and thanks to you I want to find something refreshing to read. I've also read a few spiritual books that focuses on the deeper meaning of life, and I always end up getting inspired. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  26. This seems to be a pretty cool read. I will definitely look for this title as I want fun and easy to read books. Plus of course, I love cats.

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  27. That's quite a different perspective from the usual books I read. It must really be quite an insight looking at things from an animal's perspective. Especially one of a relatively high esteem. Oh, and I'm g;ad to find a fellow Kindle user! ^_^

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  28. I love when books are surprising and you don't expect them to be so interesting than you though! It must really be an insight in its animal life!

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