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Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

In the Greek view, dominated by the Oedipus complex, it is the next generation which inherits society, while in the Indian world-view, dominated by the Yayati complex, it is the older generation which always dominates society, explaining the jxya of tradition over modernity in Indian society. I don’t always judge a book by its cover but in this case, the cover just lured me in. This strange fact brings up a difficult question in the reader’s mind – to judge or not to judge God. The retelling of the great Pattanaim epic Mahbharat by Devdatt Patnaik is a great work.

The end result is a book that tells not just devdktt basic jyaa 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. If you want to read a novel about Mahabharata, this should be the one I have already read the Mahabharata and I’m following lessons with a Swamini about the Bhagavad Gita, so I know there is a lot more and deeper meanings but “Jaya” is really a very good book.

View all 8 comments. 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. Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik 1. Personally, I don’t see it that way. He is a great writer. Aug 16, Manu rated it really liked patanaik Shelves: Where do I even begin to review this book?

Power flows towards the jsya or, rather, boss rather than towards the organization. Dec 16, Anubhav rated it it was amazing Shelves: Devdutt adopts a very traditional stance and uses his small boxes to put in folk tales and other views on the topics.


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. No chapter ends with a cliff-hanger.

An Introduction was published in This story, whose nitty-gritties I’ve known forever thanks to my Mom’s storytelling when we were childrenand yet I was running to get back to it. I absolutely loved it, if I haven’t said so before already! One of our first associations with the Mahabharata probably dates back to B.

Haya notes that mythological fiction is very popular as it is fantasy rooted in familiar traditional tales. Very simple yet meaningful illustration of the epic Mahabharata. He spent his childhood and student life in ChemburMumbai.

I have often oscillated between being a believer and a non-believer, but this book has tilted my mind and brain towards the former. Published October 5th by Penguin Global first published August 14th Increasingly, English is becoming the language of communication, even among young Indians.

In his book, Business Devduttt Another good thing about this book is that the author has included in almost every chapter little anecdotes about characters and events from pattanaiik regional versions of the epic and folklores. With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over years.

Review: Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik

As a stylist and story-teller, he rarely improves on the original and frequently falls behind it. Indeed, Devdut had tried several times before this to read the Mahabharat in its entirety, but could never finish it.

The original tale is epic, and so is this narration. To ask other readers questions about Jayaplease sign up. If you want to understand the true meaning of this epic pattamaik without any doubt do pick this book. For example, in this book the great war has been compressed into just 1 part whereas in Vyasa’s version, 4 of the 18 parvas are devoted to the war – Bhishma jaga, Drona parva, Karna parva and Shalya parva.

Refresh and try again. I hardly ever write a review I’m too lazy; rating the book is as far as I go because all it takes is a click but in this case I felt like making an exception.

We should accept that there are parts of them which are outdated. I pattanik it repeatedly over the years and was well conversant with the myths, the war and its aftermath.


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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 ppattanaik the plays of Kalidasa; and others, both ancient and modern, with which we i. Return to Book Page. How do you decide.

Think of them as a modern variant of the Amar Chitra Katha s for the modern professional who has no time for unabridged epics! InPattanaik was listed in the top category of bestselling Indian authors. Investment banker and Sanskrit scholar Nityanand Misra has criticized Pattanaik’s ‘My Gita’ as a “marvel of scholarly ineptitude and a travesty of Hindu philosophy”, saying that the book is a sloppy work replete with factual, pattansik, philosophical, and linguistic errors.

Devdutt is known to avoid partisan views and points to the strengths and weaknesses of the Left and the Right, the secular as well as religious, the capitalists and the communists, the patriarchs and the feminists, as indicated on his many articles on beef ban, vegetarianism, and Ramayana. It is easy to understand why this is indeed considered the greatest story ever told, and continues to be relevant through ages.

So the author chooses to call his book ‘Jaya – An illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata’ rather than simply ‘Mahabharata retold’ or some such That way the …more I think it would be more appropriate for an older person say one of the parents or grandparents to read and explain it to a 11 year old.

I do not like the matter of fact tone, with analysis at the end of every chapter. However, these stories occur in other places too, such as the Puranas. Additionally, it does not rely on the Sanskrit version alone but incorporates various folk tales from different regions. That’s why this book gets a 5-star.