Hermann Hesse is a Swiss Nobelist. The story commences with conversations between Siddharta and Govinda who are friends. Siddharta grows to become a learned person amongst the Brahmins. The love of his parents, knowledge passed down from posterity and time in the local community are not enough for Siddharta. He routinely practices meditation near a banyan tree. Siddharta makes a pact to go into the forest. If he succeeds in finding bliss as a Samana, he will return to teach the experiences gained in absentia. If he becomes dis-illusioned, he will return to offer special sacrifices.
Siddharta began his journey stripped of worldly possessions. He entered the forest with only a loin cloth and an unstitched cloak. He spent time fasting to become empty of thirst, desire, dreams, pleasure and sorrows. The experiential domain of this exercise was supposed to lead him to purity of mind and thought. Ultimately, Siddharta came to a realization that knowledge can be communicated but not wisdom. Wisdom only comes with the experiential aspect of life's tribulations. The book provides an important lesson on Eastern philosophical and religious thought. The contents will be appreciated by philosophers, religionists and literary experts everywhere.