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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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Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

The author did a very good job in retelling the Mahabharata. There are chapters in total grouped in 18 sections like parvas in the Sanskrit versioneach chapter spans pages and makes them very easy to read while on a short break.

The author also suggests that the epic was written over many centuries, starting with the Vedic times around BCE all the way to CE when the Bhagvad Gita was possibly added. 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.

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 Wanted to vevdutt Mahabharata before I moved on to reading some other books which compare their content with Mahabharata and its characters. An Indian Approach to Management [8] ; Shikhandi: Investment banker and Sanskrit scholar Nityanand Misra has criticized Pattanaik’s ‘My Gita’ as a devdutt of scholarly ineptitude and a travesty of Hindu philosophy”, saying that the book is a sloppy work replete with factual, conceptual, philosophical, and linguistic errors.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

Unlike Ramayana, mahabharata is not a straight-forward triumph of good over evil story. 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.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Through dance, we can understand a lot about Indian culture, history, geography and more. E’ scritto in un inglese semplice e scorrevole e contiene delle illustrazioni molto belle. We are only aware of “The Mahabharatha” as an ancient epic that tells a story of the war between 2 families,but when does a tale become an epic?

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Review: Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik

Indian authors beat international writers”. Each episode is followed by a discussion of the moral and religious lessons it teaches, as well as an anthropological snapshot of where various accretions came from and how they mirror various stages of the history of south Asian society.

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For now, it suffices to say that it is both enjoyable and non-trivial. You can Order books across India. For the story of Chitrangada Pattanaik abandons Vyas for Rabindranath. This book has an ending that has never ever been told in any retelling of the Mahabharata. At times, it somehow disappointed me on reading Mahabharata in a form so shorn of drama.

Drona does not trap Pandava warriors within the wheel formation.

Pattanaik has a wonderful way of looking at things, I only wish he had cared to look deeper with that vision.

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 devutt 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 of stories on why Krishna stepped in to protect Draupadi when Dusshasana tried to disrobe her, why Shakuni did his best to ensure the destruction of the Kuru clan, Draupadi’s regret over Karna and at least a couple more interesting tidbits but because of the wonderful lessons it provides.


Pxttanaik version written by Devdutt Pattanaik answers this question in a very consistent and satisfactory manner, jaaya that to me was the biggest plus for this book. But as you go further into the book, it’s a pleasant read. Scholars, meanwhile, have continued to refine the canonical text, and new, presumably debdutt authoritative, collections and translations continue to be published.

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Personally, I don’t see it that way. It also shows that how futile human actions and ego is, in the context of the larger mechanism of the universe.

Views Read Edit View history. 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. The year was Ayurveda Cinema Hinduism Places Sikhism. Focusing on Natyashastra, a Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts written by Bharata Muni, Devdutt has answered questions on the origins of the text and why it was referred to as the Panchama Veda.

But somehow, the word seduction has taken a negative connotation now. This indicates that the epic first took shape in Vedic times which were dominated by beliefs in elemental spirits.

Of his work, the most significant is this attempt to re-tell the Mahabharata in a new way. The conflict between two families is actually the sideline to the book. I didn’t grow up with the tales of the Mahabharata so I’m always glad to read something about it because I find always something new. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God.

However, he provides a new insight by comparing Vikarna and Yuyutsu with Kumbhakarna and Vibhishan. The whole story is like a riddle, that makes you go on, still asking questions, still left unanswered until it dawns upon you.

If a leader cannot sense fear in people around him, if a leader feels good when people around him are frightened into pretending, there is a problem. It is Pandu, not Kunti, who speaks of women in olden times being promiscuous yet blameless and it is he who worships Indra for a son.