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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jaua However, he provides a new insight by comparing Vikarna and Yuyutsu with Kumbhakarna and Vibhishan. The answer lies in the fact that we are beings of flesh and blood, driven by intellect and consumed by ego.

The retelling of the great Indian epic Mahbharat by Devdatt Patnaik is a great work. Yudhishthira does not stake Draupadi on his own but only when Shakuni suggests it.

Jul 25, Rudrangshu Das rated it it was amazing Shelves: Many thoughts which prodded and poked at my sleepy mind and conscience. The numerous characters, their inner conflicts, their complex relations, their d Reading mahabharata was a sudden and unexpected choice on my part.

They are just props to make one understand the essence, the fable called life. However, Rajaji, being a devotee of Krishna himself, always glossed over these acts of adharma and presented mostly a sanitised pi In my teens in India, I used to be fascinated by the retelling of the Mahabharata by Rajaji patfanaik Tamil.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

The explanation of events are done on many planes – rational, metaphysical, spiritual, bringing a lot of clarity to the complex tale. With its complex situations and dual-natured characters, Mahabharata is a brilliant tale. There are several misspellings: It also shows that how futile human actions and ego is, in the context of the larger mechanism of the universe. Refresh and try again. This version written by Cevdutt Pattanaik answers this question in a very consistent and satisfactory manner, and that to me was the biggest plus for this book.


Devdutt Pattanaik: Jaya by Pradip Bhattacharya

I remember reading the condensed version in grade 7 which was part of the syllabus under Hindi literature but never had a chance to go deeper. This was a mine house of less known facts. What makes things even more complicated is the fact that Vishnu the so called supreme ruler of the defdutt is born as a human being – Krishna, and plays a pivotal role in the whole story.

Pattanaik concludes on a profound note, evoking the lesson that anrishamsyanon-cruelty, universal compassion, is the secret of a meaningful life. An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharat Dr. It is such a deep ppattanaik full of wisdom and teachings to improve our life, the spiritual one but also everyday life.

Aug 26, dely rated it really liked it Shelves: For now, it suffices to say that it is both enjoyable and non-trivial. Retrieved from ” https: A must for religion aficionados. 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. Even non-Indians can get a good understanding of the epic through this book though the number of characters may simply overwhelm one and all.

Reading mahabharata was a sudden and unexpected choice on my part. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pattanaik’s myths are not to be read to ‘know’ the myths but only for fun.

Nevertheless it remains a compelling read I finished it within 2 days flat and that was when curiosity or suspense was not my driving force. Nonetheless, it captivates the reader.


Devdutt Pattanaik’s illustration is how a narration should Mahabharata is rightly called the Fifth Veda. What is the High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Why does chaos reign in a society built with laws.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik, thank you for introducing me to the best of India and Indian culture. Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik 1. It even felt like I could recommend this book to any non-Indian person who might be interested in knowing more about this epic. It’s greatness, be it story wise or intent wise, is immeasurable.

Thanks for publishing it. He spent his childhood and student life in ChemburMumbai. I have found a lot of things I didn’t know but I also like to re-read the stories I already know. The Wanted to read Mahabharata before I moved on to reading some other books which compare their content with Mahabharata and its characters.

I don’t know whether it was because of the Krishna’s adorable childhood antics, the myriad of heroic characters each with their own prowess, or because the unfortunate tale of the Pandava brothers struck a cord in my heart.

Review: Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik

The dry narrative of several otherwise blood-boiling and goosebump-inducing events is a bit of a dampener. Mythologistwriter, columnist, illustrator.

I bought the Kindle version and read the book on my mobile phone, on my tablet and on Amazon Cloud Reader. Lists with This Book. Indian authors beat international writers”. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God. He states, “Calling someone naachnewali or naachnewala has become a way of putting them down.