When I first got the blurb about this book from the publishers, the first thing that came in my mind was, this book might trigger some kind of controversy. OSHO, as the world knows and follows is something extremely famous and when the confidante of the person behind it comes on board and shares her side of the story after being maligned and disrespected in every possible way, it is something that I could have never avoided. So, I asked for a review copy of the book. It dropped in yesterday and I started reading it from that very moment.
Don’t Kill Him is a memoir where Ma Anand Sheela has penned down how she got in touch with Bhagwan Rajneesh and became his most trustworthy person. The book is divided into two parts. In the first part, Ma Anand Sheela explains how things bombed for her when she decided to leave Rajneeshpuram in Orleon, USA. The way her case was taken by people at Rajneeshpuram and Bhagwan Rajneesh himself left her aghast. But still, she kept her head cool, calm and composed and took everything that life was offering her with a pinch of salt. She served a prison time and made friends even there. Being a public figure, every move on Ma Anand Sheela was captured by media and till date people are curious to know about things that she knows about Bhagwan Rajneesh.
In the second part of the book, the author has described how she became a part of the commune created by Bhagwan Rajneesh. How her love for him grew over the years and how she fell in love with him from the moment she first saw him. Right from being given responsibilities, raising money, setting up an ashram in Pune and then another one in USA, Ma Anand Sheela has kept her side of the story with extreme calmness. She has repeatedly said about Bhagwan’s greed and the materialistic pleasure that he always cherished but during the whole book, she has quoted him various times and has always respected what he taught her and others.
At the end of the book, there are some pictures given where the author has shared her life a bit more and these pictures speak for themselves. The closeness between Bhagwan Rajneesh and her only confidante can be clearly seen.
The way this book has been written is extremely gripping. If you know about OSHO and its preachings etc. You would find this book highly interesting right from the prologue till the very end of it. I don’t know how people would take this book, specially people who follow OSHO and stuff related to it. If you are into reading memoirs, this one surely deserves a place in your book shelf.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Fingerprint Publishing
Genre : Memoir, Autobiography
ISBN : 978-81-7234-444-3