What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya? Solve this puzzle and you will solve the mystery of the Mahabharata. In this enthralling retelling of India’s. The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose 7 reasons to buy Jaya: Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik. 1. 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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Published by Penguin India. Pattanaik does nothing extraordinary with the material, but the material itself is so powerful, it needs very little to work its magic on the reader.

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The author lists ten major acts of ‘adharma’ during the war and shows that eight belonged to the Pandavas and Krishna while only two were committed by the Kauravas. And it trivialises some deeper aspects; like Brahmacharya is written as just giving up of sex. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. General Reception The book has become a popular choice for those who want to read the story of the epic for the first time as well as those who want to know even more about the Mahabharata and its sweeping influence on the country’s culture and traditions.

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Any lover of Hindu mythology will not be disappointed by this book. Devdutt for his brilliant understanding of mythology and mastery in portraying the most complex thoughts in the simplestbelievable and UN-offending manner.

Upon a small reflection, I realized that was mahabhafata of the impassionate tone used to tell the epic tale here, with a good attempt to cover all bases. I absolutely loved it, if I haven’t said so before already! Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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The telling of stories intermingled with “blocks” Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Remember me on this computer. Nicely put together by the author Hinduism is simpleit is so simple that it does not need much thought to decide right vs wrong – yet not all supposed righteous actions have intended results – the triad of karma dharma and destiny!

Great work — so relevant in todays world — the same old lessons human need to be reminded on stay away from greed; excesses; get along with all and how material aspirations can turn to evil deeds.

Some of his other books are: Then who dares curse the Almighty. Further, Arjun listens to Kunti and allows his wife, Draupadi to marry his four brothers. What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya? Whether Mahabharata is a myth or history maybe a matter of perspective, but the one mahabjarata it is for sure is an epic, in all sense of the word. Pattanaik has a wonderful way of looking at things, I only wish he had cared to look deeper with that vision. It made me think, made me understand many incongruities in the story and now that I see the characters as ordinary people I like them more, even the Kauravas.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

Yudhishtra agrees and moves away from the forest and Rajaji heralds this as an indication of the environmental concern of our ancestors. Each new reading brings out a new perspective, a new viewpoint! High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods.


It starts with an introduction, discussing the place of the entire work in south Asian society jwya how it developed over time. I hungered to read them in a continuity — for chronology, for ease of understanding, and most importantly, for enjoyment. Talking of society, this book also gives us perspectives and narratives of women jllustrated are a illustarted of the epic. There is no doubt that Penguin Books India Pvt. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Excellent account of the great Epic. Even if do not think alike i must revere you for presenting something that was told many times in the past not because human memory is short but for new audiences need to percept in a different way, different language and perspective.

By bringing together many prevalent versions of the Mahabharata, he gives a pan-Indian view of the epic jata has shaped the history and culture of the country over millennia.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Really it is that g Without a doubt, this is a book that I shall re-read and savor again. For me, this really is the pinnacle of research on the Mahabharata because it incorporates several viewpoints of the Epic from all over India, not retelljng the written accounts but also orally told stories and folktales. There was no hero or villain in the epic, just people struggling with life, responding to crises, making mistakes, repeating mistakes, in innocence or ignorance, while trying to make their lives meaningful and worthwhile.