A disappointing book.
Forty odd pages of the same old Krishnamacharya stories, particularly sanitised here, spread over five chapters interspersed with grandson Desikachar's 'case studies' of his own experience teaching. A couple of, well you can't call them interviews really, fluffed up quotes, recollections from some of Krishnamacharya's students, what a wasted opportunity.
There are a few nice pictures, most we've seen before,
Two curious pages of drawings stand out though. 'A souvenir from Krishnamacharya's trip to Mt Kalisha', these are supposedly from a book of drawings made by Brahmacari ( Krishanamacharya's teacher ) daughter and show a couple of postures, Akarna Dhanurasana (archer) and Purna matsyendrasana (kingfisher). There is also a drawing showing some use of props that fits in with K Desikachar's positioning of his own approach to yoga as the true legacy of Krishnamacharya.
A. G. Mohan's book Krishnamacharya is I think much better, charming and extended recollections of his time spent with his teacher.
You have to wonder if we'll ever get a serious, scholarly biography of this great man who's influence has reached millions worldwide.
'Ransom Stoddard: You're not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?
Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend'.
The man who shot Liberty valance. John Ford
Has any one seen got their hands on T. K. V. Desikachar's Health, Healing and Beyond yet, any better?