Past Events

The Difficulty of Being Good: On the subtle art of Dharma

The INDIA CLUB, Singapore

is delighted to present

the Singapore launch of Gurcharan Das’ magnum opus,

The Difficulty of Being Good: On the subtle art of Dharma

(A book that explores the “Mahabharata” as a moral compass for the
contemporary world).

Date : Friday, October 23rd 2009
Venue : Tanglin Club (Raffles room), 5 Stevens Road, Singapore.(No car parking at Tanglin Club. Nearest public parking at Shaw Centre, Hotel Royal Plaza on Scotts, International Building etc)
Time : 7-10pm (registration begins at 6:45pm). Light dinner will be served.
RSVP : or call 9227 0957 to register
Fees : Free for members of the India Club; $40 for non-members, $20 for
Students ( valid ID required).Payment of fees by cash or local cheque at the door

The inimitable Gurcharan Das is one of India’s leading public intellectuals, former CEO of Proctor & Gamble India (and MD of P&G Worldwide – Strategic Planning), celebrated author of the path-breaking books, “India Unbound” and the “Elephant Paradigm", as well as several award-winning plays and a novel ("A Fine Family"), columnist in the Times of India and at least 7 other Indian newspapers, and occasional guest writer in numerous other publications, including the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Time and the Wall Street Journal.

As a young student at Harvard, Gurcharan studied moral philosophy. After a successful career as a corporate executive and an even more successful one as a writer (largely examining the classical aim of “artha", or material well-being), he has returned to his intellectual roots – delving into that classic Asian epic, the “Mahabharata” to examine the goal of “dharma", or moral well-being. He turns to the epic to answer that quintessential question – “why be good?” – and emerges with lessons of “dharma” that can be applied to many of the dilemmas that bedevil our world today, from political strategies to business decisions and beyond. The INDIA CLUB is delighted to welcome Gurcharan Das back to Singapore, to launch this magnificent book (autographed copies of which will be available for purchase after the event).

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