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Chaitanya Charan's New Book "GK for PK!" In Response to the Bollywood Movie PK

By: for ISKCON News on June 4, 2015

The book's cover art

PK was released in Dec 2014 and went on to become the highest grossing Indian film of all time. Using an alien named PK (drunk) and a journalist as its central characters, the movie exposes the shenanigans of godmen and the gullibility of their followers. But in its negative stereotyping of religion, it mixes superstitions with meaningful spiritual practices and reduces God to an irrelevant cipher. While PK attracted positive reviews from critics, it also triggered violent protests from the Hindu right wing, which charged it with hurting Hindu sentiments and called for a ban on it. 

GK for PK! responds to the issues raised in PK by drawing on logic, humor, scripture, science and common sense. The GK in the title stands for three things: General Knowledge, God Knowledge and Gita Knowledge.  

Some of the questions answered in the book are: 

Can we reject as wrong numbers the rituals that don’t make sense? 

Do people who are afraid go to temples? 

Are there two gods: the god who created man and the god whom man created? 

How can worshiping a cow get one a job? 

Does a stone smeared with colored powder become God? 

Why are we not born with our religion stamped on us? 

Why does God not respond to our prayers? 

Is PK an anti-Hindu movie? Are violent protests against it justified?

Does religion cause violence? 

The book's cover

Concise and penetrating, the book's twenty-five answers, along with a disarming introduction and a penetrating conclusion, illumine universal principles of living and loving that can help you see religion, God and life in a refreshingly new light.

Chaitanya Charan is a monk in the bhakti-yoga tradition in its modern expression as the Hare Krishna movement. He has written various books on a wide variety of topics ranging from the rationale for Deity worship, the practical application of the Bhagavad-gita and the relationship of science and spirituality. He has also written a similar book "OMG - Re-answering the questions" on similar earlier movie, OMG. 

"GK for PK!" is available on

A hard copy can be ordered from 

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