The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik Ajaya by Anand Neelakantan Karna’s Alter Ego by Surendra Nath Mrityunjaya. Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian author known for fictional work and interpretations of ancient Indian scriptures. He has incorporated Vedic knowledge into human resource management. His books include Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology; Jaya: An. I have read five renowned versions of Mahabharata (marked as authentic by experts). I have also read Devdutt Pattanaik’s book “Jaya – An Illustrated Retelling of.

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Every chapter has comments that draws attention to variations of the story, the intention of the story, the rituals and customs that may have emerged from the story and practiced even today. Jul 25, Rudrangshu Das rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don’t always judge a book by its cover but in this case, the cover just lured me in.

This indicates that the epic first took shape in Vedic times which were dominated by beliefs in elemental spirits. Times of India Blog. A complete English translation complete as far as possible at that time was carried out by Krishan Mohan Ganguly and published in and is available online at Sacred Texts. The author also mentions several variations of the tale, regional renditions and folk variations adding layers to the original story.

But I’m really glad I read this, not just because of the small details I learned about I counted 6 things I hadn’t known about – Sahadeva’s precognition gained by eating Pandu’s flesh, Draupadi cursing dogs to copulate in public for stealing Yudhishtira’s slippers, Vibhishana being present at Draupadi’s swayamwar, a couple I consider myself more well-versed with the Mahabharata than the average person, because of my interest in Hindu mythology and the amount of reading I’ve done on the subject.

Elsewhere, it is also shown that the Pandavas did argue and bicker among themselves over Yudhishtra’s penchant for continuing to play the game of dice and losing everything in the process. The author has delivered the book in a very readable format with engaging illustrations in each chapter. Yudhishtra agrees and moves away from the forest and Rajaji heralds this as an indication of the environmental concern of our ancestors.


ALways detailed, inclusive, critical but giving due compliments when the book deserves it. Aug 26, dely rated it really liked it Shelves: Read full story here: Devdutt adopts a very traditional stance and uses his small boxes to put in folk tales and other views on the topics.

Kunti never invokes any god on her own after the fiasco with Surya. There are several misspellings: It goes thus, A son renounces sex so that his old father can remarry A daughter is a prize in an archery pattanaikk A teacher demands half a kingdom as his tuition dedutt A student is turned away because of his caste A mother asks her so Where do I even begin to review this book?

Whether Mahabharata is a myth or history maybe a matter of perspective, but the one thing it is for sure is an epic, in all sense of the word. It explains why the epic is part of the grand Vedic cosmos and how it cannot be understood without appreciating Ramayana, Vishnu Purana, Shiva Purana and Devi Purana 7.

These three stars are given guiltily. Hence, for me, this fevdutt by Devdutt Pattanaik is a welcome addition to the retelling of the Mahabharata.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

He notices dance as part of religion. Yacon Root on Translation: E’ scritto in un inglese semplice e scorrevole e contiene delle illustrazioni molto belle. Reading mahabharata was a sudden and unexpected choice on my part. Truly, as the poem says about itself: Awesome were past few days spent with this book. He speaks of how, over the years, the general gaze of looking at dance and dancers has changed.

Arjun rushes towards Dhrishtadyumna shouting in vain that he must not kill the guru. The author has also given his interpretations of a lot of events in the book which build upon his central theme – the answer to the question – to judge or not to judge God. The size of the book doesn’t disappoint both in terms of depth of content and number of pages. Jul 02, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the immediate impacts of listening to the audio is that I eagerly want to read the Bhagavad Gita.


There are possibly as many Mahabharatas ; each pattanik our languages with its own version, besides the Indonesian and Malayan.

Jaya later becomes Mahabharatha as more plots and sub plots enter the storytelling through the years.

Review: Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik

It makes us understand the importance of dharma to be followed, compassion and empathy to be shown towards our fellow beings. The whole story is like a riddle, that makes you go on, still asking questions, still left unanswered until it dawns upon you. Still above is Pattanaii, heaven, abode of God.

The illustrations are not bad either. And, to see this great epic as what it is, I pattaanik not recommend this author. The poem devutt states that this is an expanded version of an earlier, much shorter epic, so there is no question about the fact that it has multiple authors who have added and subtracted mostly added material over hundreds or even thousands of years to what was probably a much more compact original.

The end result is a book that tells not just the basic story of the Mahabharata but also give us an inkling of the vast ocean of Indic religious and secular literature that we may then be tempted to read in more detail.

Aug 27, Rixi rated it it was amazing. This book is divided into 18 parts.

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