I gifted a Bhagavad-gita As It Is by A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to my grandparents. I thought it was a good time and a good thing to give them the Bhagavad-gita as I had passed my college examinations with distinctions(I received my results only a few days earlier).
Upon seeing the book, my grandfather spurted out a very displeasing reply. He said, "I am not going to read this book. This book is not a good book. Bhagavad gita or Mahabarata is not a good story."
I didn't like what he said because I know that whatever he had said was wrong.
Then, he continued by saying that Krishna was a human being, just another king, who was utterly unjust because He only supported the Pandavas and made the Pandavas and Kauravas to fight with each other over a piece of land. My grandfather said that if Krishna was a good person, He would have nicely settled the issue of land and etc by talking to them. He then compared it with Ramayana and said that Ramayana was a nicer story and he would prefer Ramayana over Mahabharata or Bhagavad gita because of the lack of violence in the story. HE ALSO REPEATEDLY CALLED KRISHNA A FICTIONAL CHARACTER CREATED BY PEOPLE OF THE OLDEN DAYS. He kept on saying only North Indians worship Krishna and not the South Indians(we are Telugus). He said only North India was always involved in fights and religious wars until today. He said South Indians don't worship Krishna and only Rama is worshipped.(wrong, wrong, wrong!)
My grandmother then continued telling me stories about how Krishna took away Karna's armour and earrings from what she had watched in the drama serial episodes of the Mahabharata.(she clearly got it wrong because it was Indra who disguised as a beggar brahmana and asked for those things). She then added that when Karna was dying, Krishna even took away his dharma. She stressed that Krishna was a heartless person.
I know that my grandparents were wrong about everything they had said to me. They couldn't see what's behind everything that had taken place during Krishna's presence.
I don't know how to explain it to them because my grandparents do not want to accept Krishna at all. I told my grandfather to read the Bhagavad gita and then decide what is right and what is not.
I really hope he would read BG and change his mind.
How to deal with such people?
Your servant of the servant of the servant,