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The excellent illustrations and the simple yet elegant and evocative storytelling took me back to a time when I first started hearing these stories – childhood. Pattanaik’s myths pttanaik not to be read to ‘know’ the myths but only for fun. An Indian Approach to Management [8] ; Shikhandi: Waiting for Dawn avik on Short Story: Return to Book Page.

In my teens in India, Patanaik used to be fascinated by the retelling of the Mahabharata by Rajaji in Tamil. Aromas of Incandescent Reveries. The size of the book doesn’t disappoint both in terms of depth of content and number of pages.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

Unlike Ramayana, mahabharata is not a straight-forward triumph of good over evil story. The illustrations are eye-catching making this book more amazing. The stories are embellished and become richer.

The value of the epic is in making one contemplate and Jaya’s primary motive may be to provide a boost to those who have not borne the fruits of active reading. At one level, the Mahabharata is the story of the Kuru clan with their complicated semi-divine genealogy and their descent into vicious internecine warfare; culminating in a grand confrontation at Kurukshetra that ends with the victory of the mostly virtuous Pandava brothers over their mostly villainous Kauruva cousins.

Penguin Books India Genres: Indian authors beat international writers”. The explanation of events are done on many planes – rational, metaphysical, spiritual, bringing a lot of clarity to the deveutt tale. With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of jaay Mahabharata, the complex devditt disturbing meditation on the dsvdutt condition that has shaped Indian thought for over years.


Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

Through adventures and small incidents Jaya asks us questions that make us wonder what is right, what is wrong? Recent Comments avik on Translation: I was literally transferred to that era and those places where Mahabharata took place. Based on astronimical data exactly as given in the epic – that two eclipses separated by 13 days took place around the war, that of a lunar eclipse and then a solar eclipse with Saturn at Rohini and Jupiter at Revathi – the Great war must have started on 22 Nov BCE.

A definite future reread. The author suggests that Arjuna was very insecure about his position as the patttanaik archer and that the Pandavas were mostly insecure and unsure of their identity till their marriage to Draupadi. I am looking forward to reading Sitahis fevdutt of the other Indian epic, Ramayana. Jaya is, without doubt, a fine compilation by the author of many folk tales and versions of different sections of the epic.

Review: Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik – Aromas of Incandescent Reveries

Devdutt did an amazing job in staying true to the essence of the book without over whelming the readers with elaborate descriptions of family trees. But somehow, the word seduction has taken a negative connotation now.

He delves into jaay sub-plots, significance of little known events, different folk-lores and the numerous stories within stories which make up the real Mahabharata visualized by Ved Vyasa.

It’s greatness, be it story wise or patttanaik wise, is paytanaik. Devdutt Pattanaik’s illustration is how a narration should be, to be told without holding any prejudices, and understanding its importance, to act as pattaaik mediator to convey the message. The stories are embellished with line illustrations; dvedutt style is unique, a break from standard visual formats Amar Chitra Katha or DC comics 3. However, why the Mahabharata?

Also, I strongly wish the story be told in its own essence rather than we draw conclusions and assumptions to suit our present day needs, which is what the author does again and again.

Some parts are short as it is written for modern readers. I will be reading his other books soon with hope for more of the same clarity and less of the cursoriness. Different people will have their own mythology, reframing old ones or creating new ones. Though it was written close to years back, the amazing fact is that we still face the same issues, ask the same questions even now.


At several points he uses a version of the story that is not from the traditional Sanskrit text, but from various local versions.

Reading mahabharata was a sudden and unexpected choice on my part. Another good thing about this book is that the author has included in almost every chapter little anecdotes about characters and events from various regional versions of the epic and folklores. It is a collection of stories, which of course are the core stories from the Mahabharata. Oct 04, Omar Ali jwya it really liked it.

There is also a lack of poetry in this retelling which focuses more on the plot points. It is better for purposes of revision or allowing oneself a different take on events and messages of the epic.

E’ scritto in un inglese semplice e scorrevole e contiene delle illustrazioni molto belle. Personally, I don’t see it that way. I am no expert, but it is my impression that there is no such thing as a consensus Hindu view of what every episode or metaphor really means; and where there is such a consensus, it may not always be what Dr Pattanaik says. Many popular stories do not figure in this critical version, such as Vedavyasa dictating to Ganesha or Krishna saving Droupadi when she was being disrobed by Duhshasana.

Jul 25, Rudrangshu Das rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mythology itself is about figuring out world views of cultures, essentially how people think in devvutt particular cultural ethos.