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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,634 ratings  ·  519 reviews
In this captivating and surprising novel of spiritual discovery—a No. 1 bestseller in India—a young American travels to India and finds himself tested physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Max Pzoras is the poster child for the American Dream. The child of Greek immigrants who grew up in a dangerous New York housing project, he triumphed over his upbringing and became a
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Riverhead Books (first published June 11th 2015)
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Candess Campbell I thought The Yoga of Max’s Discontent was an incredible read and an amazing journey. It was difficult to put down until the last chapter and then I d…moreI thought The Yoga of Max’s Discontent was an incredible read and an amazing journey. It was difficult to put down until the last chapter and then I didn't want it to end. The way Karan Bajaj described the process of the development of a Yogi in a novel was amazing. All my previous readings about Buddha, Yoga and Eastern religion came clear to me. I could easily translate Max’s experiences to the miracles of Jesus. Vibrationally, when I read The Yoga of Max’s Discontent, I was activated and my own health increased. Immediately I was attracting positive people and experiences into my life. I will absolutely recommend this book to my friends, to my book club and request that our local library buy the book. Now, I’m on to another book by Karan Bajaj!(less)

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Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I flewwwww through this and it really left me thinking afterwards.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Karan Bajaj has created a Hermann Hesse novel for modern times.

In the age of information, anything and everything is readily available as an ATM amidst a drought and starvation in rural India. With a few keystrokes on a smart phone one can answer any and all questions and learn virtually anything:

Who won the 1969 World Series? (Mets)
Dwarf sex (ew! deleting browse history)
How tall is Justin Bieber? (5’9).

I could right now buy a ticket to Kathmandu and leave tomorrow morning and have
Megan Hoffman
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Books on spirituality or spiritual journeys aren't usually my thing, but I have to give Karan Bajaj an enormous amount of credit because this book was so incredible that I may have to reevaluate that stance.

The Yoga of Max's Discontent is the story of Max, a Wall Street man who grew up in the not-so-great areas of New York. His life has been shaped by his surroundings, by what he has and doesn't have, but after the death of his mother and a chance conversation with food cart salesman, he begins
Elyse Walters
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Update: This book is in the stores! (Beautiful book cover hard copy) I was in the book store just the other day chatting with a woman about how wonderful this book is....while it was in her hands. Its a terrific story. One that will surprise people --even if you've never done yoga. The storytelling is page turning!

Max's mother worked two jobs: cleaning houses and bagging groceries late into the
night just so he and his sister Sophia could go to good schools ( private schools),
and get out of th
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Then the seer dwells in His own true splendor.
- Yoga Sutra 1.3


"Suffering alone exists, none who suffer;
The deed there is, but no doer thereof;
Nirvana is, but no one seeking it;
The Path there is, but none who travel it."

- Visuddhimagga

I was a bit skeptical of this book at first. I've read a lot of really good novels/books surrounding the Western urge for Nirvana, the allure of the East. This genre of literature isn't quite a Bildungsroman, but close. My search for the word has taken me from ma
Glenn Russell
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

In the tradition of Janwillem van de Wetering’s "The Empty Mirror" and Andrew Harvey’s "A Journey in Ladakh" recording the journey of a young man from the West making his spiritual pilgrimage to the East, we now have a splendid new entry with "The Yoga of Max’s Discontent" by Karan Bajaj. And since we all love to read stories, we are given some added spice – rather than a first-person account, Bajaj’s first-hand experience is rendered in novel form, a third-person narrative of Max, a bright, inq
Dannii Elle
Wow! Where do I begin? What words can I use that will somehow sum up this transcendent and captivating book? How can I express how deeply this read has affected me? I can’t, but I can try.

This is the tale of Max. Max: average American citizen, brother, corporate man, good friend, straight-A student, rags-to-riches hero. His childhood was spent dividing his days attempting to fit in somewhere in the gang-war-territory he called home and his nights attempting to pass every test and ace every exam
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Feb 25, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Why I did not finish - I stalled about 30% in and when I tried to go back, found my interest waning. It feels like a Coelho or a Redfield - one of those novels that feels more like a concept lesson. It doesn't resonate or hold my interest because of this, but I know some people really love that kind of book and are likely to enjoy it. I read a bit about the author and think his story would have felt more authentic as a memoir, less dramatic maybe, but something about this lacks authenticity that ...more
"Westerners love it! Spiritual McDonald's!"

After a conversation with a falafel vendor on a New York street corner, Max leaves his life of "success" to go to India and find yogis who live in caves in the Himalayas. No training and very little forethought at all, he realizes his plan was fool-hardy, and regroups. Re-seeks, as it were. He meets people along the way - very much a "Pilgrims Progress" sort of journey theme. We follow Max's journey from the high Himalayas, the back alleys and marke
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A chance incident leaves Wall Street banker Maximus Pzoras shaken. After the incident, he starts to question himself about life, death and suffering – things that have bothered him for quite some time yet he never confronted them. But he finally decides to embark upon a journey to find these answers. His search leads him to different corners of India. From the freezing temperature of the Himalayas to the boiling hot weather of South India – he travels far and wide. But does our ‘Seeker’ finally ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant spiritual tale of a man trying to understand the universe.

Max is the product of those chasing the American Dream, but has an identity crisis when his #1 cheerleader, his mother, dies of liver cancer. A yuppie on Wall Street, Max wants for nothing. However, he feels empty despite the beautiful apartment and loving family. A chance encounter with a wise food vendor inspires him to leaving everything behind and travel to India in search of the most elusive yogi whispered about among tr
A Mig
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, biography
I must admit that, at first, I found this story too predictable, too slow and without much depth. I was very wrong! I had some unnecessary expectations based on an earlier reading of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. But after a while, I finally got it and felt Max's transformation. A must read. ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Max Pzoras is a young man living the American dream but after his mother’s death, he becomes disillusioned with life. He meets an Indian man working at a food cart. It’s bitter cold and the man isn’t even wearing a shirt and is barefoot. Max offers the man his coat but the man says he’s not cold. He then tells Max about the yogis at the top of the Himalayan Mountains who can walk on water and live to be hundreds of years old. This sparks an interest in Max that leads him to India in search of hi ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Do you remember the infomercials on topics such as girl child education, closed toilets, use of contraceptives? Well, if India ever tried to create an infomercial on Yoga, this book would provide a good starting point. A bestseller abroad thanks to keeping with the image of land of yoga, this book was tough to digest. Ok, maybe I'm not being entirely fair to the book, but then I had high expectations post Johnny Gone Down.

Dubbed as 'The Yoga of Max's Discontent' in US as against the Indian 'Seek
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an email from the author of this book asking me to review it. I read very little fiction as I'm not really into the mystery/shoot-'em up stuff that seems to be common fare. I typically read books about spirituality. The title and description of this book intrigued me so I decided to take a break from my own spiritual seeking and see what it had to offer.

I was pleasantly surprised as often when I'm asked to review fictional books they're not worth my time to even finish reading them.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm thrilled that Karan Bajaj requested that I review his new book. This would have been a book I would have never chosen to read. Being a Christian woman, with a slightly conservative stance, it was difficult for me to even get through the first few chapters. I pushed through though, and oh my, I'm so glad I did! I believe reading opens our minds to new ways of thinking, if you will allow it. "The Yoga of Max's Discontent" did this for me.

This book is the fictional account of Max, a young man,
Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was an amazing book, very lovable characters with a great story of a young man who has strived to become what he felt was is life needs. Only when he meets a food cart owner from India that he realizes there is more to his life than Wall Street and money. Max sets out on an amazing journey of self discovery, to become a great yogi. I was totally drawn to this book right from reading the synopsis. I couldn't wait to read it! Ka
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Karan Bajaj does a fantastic job of detailing Max's inward journey to understanding God. This is one of the best spiritual books I've ever read. There aren't many books out there that cover such spiritual concepts portrayed in this book in story form. This book really made me contemplate my own spiritual journey and how I can free myself from useless material attachments. Max's journey motivated me to get back into yoga. I did not want this book to end!
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really interesting read! I like how the book manages to make the reader go on a similar emotional journey as Max does.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the few books I have read, where I didn't notice when I had reached the end. It was an incredibly impact-full and highly spiritual journey.
I think one of the significant themes of this book was the importance of yoga and people's oblivion towards it's true meaning. Yoga isn't just an ascetic discipline including breath control, simple mediation and the adoption of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation.Then what is it? Breathing attentively is yoga. Complete
Dmitri Poletaev
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing... Journey! I can't find a better word to describe this novel. For the Author, of course, but especially for a Reader. Everything that its title promises delivered. "Yoga?" Oh, yes! After reading this book, you would comprehend it better than after reading dozens of "specialized" books on the subject. "Max's..." Doesn't that particularly westerner name of the main character refer to me, European-American reader? You bet! It cold be the journey of any one of us to the depths of un ...more
Rajiv Bhattacharya
I am back to this author after reading his novel “Keep off the grass” in 2009. This is a stark departure from the writing style I was expecting. Instead of the dark comedy which I relished in “Keep off the grass” this book seems to a melancholic quest of spirituality. The whole book revolves around how an investment banker in US leaves his job, belongings as well family and comes to India for spiritual enlightenment. The spiritual enlightenment described in the book is not the light one as in “ ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was one incredible journey. The Yoga of Max's Discontent is one of those books that really gets you to think, and one that I plan to share with others. ...more
Abhilash Ruhela
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have been a great fan of Karan Bajaj's books. He writes story based upon some unusual protagonists who urges you to think about your boring life and makes you think something exciting for yourself. He has taken 5 years to release his 3rd book for which many were waiting just like me. "The Seeker" have released just last week and it's already at No. 8 in Bestselling list. That's what Karan Bajaj is even when he has not been in much limelight even after writing some seriously good books. "The S
Angie Reisetter
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a well-written story, and it'll make for an interesting movie. Because it is, more than anything else, an adventure. There's lots of physicality here: Max does yoga for hours, Max holds his breath for 15 minutes, Max walks on water, Max speaks the secret language of animals, Max holds his left arm up in the air for weeks for no apparent reason. Good movie stuff. It's somewhat disappointing on the spiritual side, though. Sorry, I know. Lots of people think this is an amazing spiritual boo ...more
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this is the first time i've read karan bajaj's book,and this is something one should never miss!

its a story about max,who travels to india to discover the secrets of the universe,to find out the true meaning of life,he starts his journey towards himalyas. soon after struggling enough,he starts losing his patience.but there is always something that stops him from returning back to his old life.

. so he goes to a village in south india where he lives in an ashram. after few days,he ge
Brian Schiff
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Karan Bajaj's novel 'The Yoga of Max's Discontent'' was a real 'eastern religion' page turning cliffhanging experience. The closest I've gotten to any of this has been one experience at a Hare Krishna Temple-and a lot of Indian restaurants. This novel really tells you "everything" you ever wanted to ask about Indian culture/"Eastern religion"..Yoga..Yogi's..
Max goes from housing projects to elite schools
Anitha Mohanraj
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
An experience, a memoir, a spectacle unfolding in your mind eye and more. An awesome life transformation with typical hardships and obstacles placed by the mind and body and in the end the Soul in its strength reigns supreme.
A spiritual seeking relating to the problems within and society are dealt with in true maturity. Ramakrishna fills our mind with an intensity and warmth as he understands and looks beyond what meets the human eye. The ESP between Max and Ramakrishna is true bliss.
Look inward
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been through all of it myself just as I read it. I read ‘Johnny Gone Down’ few years back and I did the same back then. For this author it would just not be enough to narrate a story, he unrelentingly urges the reader to go with him on a quest. You should know what else he does. He makes you realize of your monotonous life between the four walls and shakes you by your shoulders to go on an adventure. The characters you may never encounter run at such speeds that they make it hard for the ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an unusual and fast reading book. Unusual in the sense of appealing to people of my generation who flowered in the 60's yet still meaningful to our current generation in a coming of age style. Not that our hero, Max, is immature, but that Max awakens as though he's been living his life in a fog, and the reality is that although he is living, he is like a robot who takes no pleasure in his daily activities.
Out of the blue, I received an email from Karan, the author of The Yoga of Max’s D
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Karan Bajaj is the Founder of WhiteHat Jr, acquired by BYJU’s in the fastest startup
exit of its size in India. He’s also a bestselling novelist whose books have sold more
than 200,000+ copies in India and optioned for movie deals: Keep off the Grass, Johnny Gone Down, The Seeker, and The Yoga of Max’s Discontent, published by HarperCollins and Penguin Random House.

A graduate of IIM-Bangalore, Karan

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