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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Another good thing about this book is that the author has pattanaki in almost every chapter little anecdotes about characters and events from various regional versions of the epic and folklores. I knew only bits and pieces of the tale.

Review: Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik – Aromas of Incandescent Reveries

Also, this book is literally ‘illustrated’ with his line drawings which are simple yet evocative. I read it repeatedly over the years and was well conversant with the myths, the war and its aftermath. If you are really looking for an authentic story of Mahabharata, I would strongly recommend Rajaji’s ‘Mahabharata’. The numerous characters, their inner conflicts, their complex relations, their desires, their choices, their triumphs and travails and in the midst of all that eternal wisdom, spoken by God himself.

Picked up this book half heartedly as a friend suggested and gifted I wish had this in paperback though! R Chopra’s epic TV adaptation and I thought to give it a try.

Pattanaik has a wonderful way of looking at things, I only wish he had cared to look deeper with that vision. The illustrations are not bad either. Even very tiny details are captured in this book. It is when people are seen as mere resources meant to be managed [read manipulated] through compensation and so-called motivation; it is when they are treated like switches in a circuit board; it is then that disharmony descends causing disruption.


Check out the full review on my blog here http: What is the price one has to pay for their actions. When I give three stars to a book, it’s often grudgingly as I think I may be over-emphasising its merits, or guiltily as I think I may be downplaying the book’s merits. The notes given in black page are well researched.

How we rejoiced reading about the The year was Waiting for Dawn avik on Short Story: I am no expert, but it is my impression that there is no such thing as a consensus Hindu view of what every episode patatnaik metaphor really means; and where there is such a consensus, it may not always be what Dr Pattanaik says. Devdutt uses extremely simple language.

This book is full of revelation that surprised me a lot, so many unknown stories, characters. Where do I even begin to review this book?

Devdutt Pattanaik

When I picked the jayx 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!?

Arjun rushes towards Dhrishtadyumna shouting in vain that he must not kill the guru. 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. I do not like the matter of fact tone, with analysis at the end of every chapter. Review A Bookworm’s Musing: Jul 02, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: Not surprising that I retained this feelin This is not a new story and as any kid who grew up in the 90s India can attest, no one can shake the Mahabharata from BRChopra’s epic.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

But this was a refreshing read. It’s like a spider web, where each string may seem to be far away from its only center but has an effect on it, eventually.


Jaya’s strength lies in the fact that it interprets the Mahabharata, something that is not done by most who have encountered the tales, and it does so in simple language. Anyway, coming back to Devdutt Patnaik’s retelling, I think he makes it more interesting by presenting much more than the bare bones of the patfanaik.

I have often oscillated between being a believer and a non-believer, devduft this book has tilted my mind and brain towards the former. I guess all Indians can relate to this very well from personal experience! He is a great writer. Mythologistwriter, columnist, illustrator.

There is also a lack of poetry in this retelling which focuses more on the plot points. Devdutt has consulted Star TV network on pattajaik tele-serials like Mahabharata and Siya ke Ram ; these serials have challenged conventional views of the narratives and opened up new avenues of interpretation. Devdutt adopts a very trad EDIT: The world of mahabharata is a deterministic world, where actions have consequences, devdut not in one lifetime then several births later.

Additionally, it does not rely on the Sanskrit version alone but incorporates various folk tales from different regions.

At one level, the Mahabharata is the story of the Kuru clan eevdutt 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.

Aug 27, Rixi rated it it was amazing. I was literally transferred to that era and those places where Mahabharata took place.