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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Saraswati belongs everywhere, she has to flow everywhere” and his body of work is aimed “to make knowledge accessible.

This kind of casual mistake makes one suspect that other casual comments about the origins of particular words may also be incorrect or at least, may not reflect what most other scholars believe. Dwvdutt Pattanaik, thank you for introducing me to the best of India and Indian culture. Fiction author Ashwin Sanghi has said that Pattanaik attempts to “explain mythology in simple words”.

I’ve flipped through the book before and think reading it will be better than listening to the audio. Devdutt Patnaik is a mythologist by passion, according to his Goodreads bio and I think he does this job exceptionally well. I didn’t realize reading this would be such an epiphany.

The book started well as it provided a fresh and clear take on Mahabharata without rationalizations and without apology. I hungered to read them in a continuity — for chronology, for ease of understanding, and most importantly, for enjoyment.

Devdutt Pattanaik

There is also a lack of poetry in this retelling which focuses more on the plot points. 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.


Kunti is not uncomfortable with the Hidimba-Bhim marriage; actually, she welcomes it so that the friendless Pandavs obtain allies. The greatness of the story lies in the fact that it presents the violence, the injustice, falsehood of human life without diluting its impact or ever giving justification for their actions. When I picked the book I was totally intrigued by the description given in the cover saying towards the last “God is cursed” Now how is possible that God gets cursed!?

It is such a deep epic full of wisdom and teachings to improve our life, the spiritual one but also everyday life. Through dance, we can understand a lot about Indian culture, history, geography and more. It starts with an introducti I read this in preparation for reading the actual Mahabharata that is, a lot of it, in the translation by Carole Satyamurti. In most conflicts prejudice gets the better of men, and Man forgets the whole scheme of things and chaos prevails.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It also shows that how futile human actions and ego is, in the context of the larger mechanism of the universe. Nonetheless, it captivates the reader. You can Order books across India.

Review: Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik – Aromas of Incandescent Reveries

It was the first book by Patnaik that I attempted. Aug 24, Henna Achhpal rated it it was amazing. This strange fact brings up a difficult question in the reader’s mind – to judge or not to judge God. Developed and Devditt by ekant solutions. That is because this book focuses on something much beyond the war.

Jaya later becomes Mahabharatha as more plots and sub plots enter the storytelling through the years. These three stars are given guiltily. Everyone on the battlefield condemns the beheading of meditating Drona.


He spent his childhood and student life in ChemburMumbai. The pursuit of re-telling the Mahabharata or the Ramayana has acquired a novel meaning with authors, artists and filmmakers translating and revisiting Indian epics in consonance with happenings of the present times.

Devduttt trivia or quizzes yet. That said, there are also several issues with this book: The author has accumulated various stories which dwvdutt scattered across the country and given a meaningful essence to the readers. Devdutt Pattanaik born December 11, is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management. The world of mahabharata is a deterministic world, where actions have consequences, if not in one lifetime then several births later.

The illustrations are not bad either. 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. Retellings of Indian mythology have been many but for the first time we have a medical doctor ministering to the spirit by evoking archetypal memories through his retellings.

But such a large epic I wasn’t sure if I wanted to boggle my head with so many names of Kings and queens and plots. I also heard it pattanaki of reading the illustrated version.

Political needs were placed over Draupadi’s security”. Review A Bookworm’s Musing: Somehow the epic also combines a feeling patfanaik looking deep into the past with the realization that this is all about us, today, as much as it is about our distant forefathers in Vedic India.

So vivid is the prose that one can easily create visualisations of the events. This was such an interesting read!