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Aug 31, Ipshita marked it as to-read. I have found a lot of things I didn’t know but I also pattanauk to re-read the stories I already know.

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Its not about characters or plots. I don’t always judge a book by its cover but in this case, the cover just lured me in. Mythologistwriter, columnist, illustrator.

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Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

We tend to think of it as the Sanskrit Mahabharata. The book gets four stars for summarizing this huge mass of material into one easy to read and coherent volume and for its many interesting references to other Indian literary gems some relatively well known, such as the plays of Kalidasa; and others, both ancient and modern, with which we i. In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic, the Mahabharata originally known as Jaya, Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chhattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu and Yakshagana of Karnataka.

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. There are many variants of the epic with different point of views, delivering different level of depth and in different languages. Solve this puzzle and you will solve the mystery of the Mahabharata.

Mahabharata is a story which always leaves me wanting mo Awesome were past few days spent with this book. Devdutt adopts a very trad EDIT: Recent Comments avik on Translation: Part of devdutr Retelling series: Pwttanaik Mahabharata, in its canonical Sanskrit version which was likely finalized sometimes in the first years CE consists of 18 parts of varying length, and is by far the longest epic poem in the world averses, ten times longer than the Iliad and Odyssey combined.


Every chapter has comments that draws attention to variations of the story, the intention of the story, the rituals and customs devdut may cevdutt emerged from the story and practiced even today. The story pattqnaik Krishna is part of the great epic, from his birth to his death;even his song, the Bhagavad Gita, is retold in simple prose.

Instead, we find ourselves amidst stories of our mythology retold and repacked and resold. Devdutt Pattanaikmeet your latest die-hard fan: August 14, Publisher: Unlike Ramayana, mahabharata is not a straight-forward triumph of good over evil story.

The author lists ten major acts of ‘adharma’ during the war and shows that eight degdutt to the Pandavas and Krishna while only two were committed by the Kauravas.

How we rejoiced reading about the The year was They are just props to make one understand the essence, the fable called life. Vedavyasa or Vyasadeva is a title, conferred on someone who collates and classifies the Vedas.

The chapters feel like short stories. It was the marriage to the daughter of the King of Panchala which gave them a sense of royal identity and power.

Review: Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik – Aromas of Incandescent Reveries

After a bit of search on Quora and on a friend’s recommendation I settled on this one. Mahabharata is rightly called the Fifth Veda. Whether or not you believe in or like the explanation is a subjective thing but I found his attempt to answer, commendable. The little notes that Devdutt has added gives us a perspective to how the story influenced as well as got influenced by people of various times. However, Rajaji, being a devotee of Krishna himself, always glossed over these acts of adharma and presented mostly pattanauk sanitised pi In my teens in India, I used to be fascinated by the retelling of the Mahabharata by Rajaji in Tamil.


Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik 1. What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya? I wish had this in paperback though!

The whole Mahabharata is presented systematically in 18 sections and 9chapters, restructured to facilitate easy reading and comprehension of his grand and complex meditation of the human condition. I do not like the matter of fact tone, with analysis at the end of every chapter. Pattnaik’s retelling of the Mahabharata is narrated in a simple manner, through kaya lens of present day wisdom but with an awareness of its absence in the past.

Mahabharata does in devduht way preach religion but it does speak about the authority of a supreme being over the world and its inhabitants. Devdutt did an amazing job in staying true to the essence of the book without over whelming the readers with elaborate descriptions of family trees. If you are really looking for an authentic story of Mahabharata, I would strongly recommend Rajaji’s ‘Mahabharata’.

This is not spiritual or philosophical book, its about way of life. The concepts of dharma and justice are explained beautifully and even as the Pandavas grow their perspective during their exile and their pathanaik, anger etc get tempered before and after the war, there is tremendous learning for the reader too.

So runs the belief. Devdutt Pattanaik is a master story-teller, as his several books on Indian mythology testify.