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Hence, for me, this book by Devdutt Pattanaik is a welcome addition to the retelling of the Mahabharata. I sometimes get bored by the various stories and sub stories. All these are reasons why this should not be the only book you lattanaik read about the Mahabharat. So runs the belief. For me, the story of Lord Vishnu taking the form of Mohini and dancing to seduce Bhasmasura is one of the most powerful stories. The whole Mahabharata is presented systematically in 18 sections and 9chapters, restructured to facilitate easy reading and comprehension of his grand and complex meditation of the human condition.

Jaya is, without doubt, a fine compilation by the author of many folk tales and versions of different sections of the epic.

If a leader cannot sense fear in people around him, if a leader feels good debdutt people around him are frightened into pretending, there is a problem.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

I feel like he is not telling a story but is being pedantic. Jul 25, Rudrangshu Das rated it it was amazing Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. The stories are embellished and become richer.

Check out the full review on my blog here http: There should be translations of the Mahabharata in English and several such have emerged, including those in non-print form. This is known as the Critical Version. Its not about characters or plots.

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However, Rajaji, being a devotee of Krishna himself, always glossed over these acts of adharma and presented mostly a sanitised pi In my teens in India, I used to be fascinated by the retelling of pattanalk Mahabharata by Rajaji in Tamil. This ending is the reason the book was originally called Jaya by Vyasa.


An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata A complete page turner. Upon a small reflection, I realized that was because of the impassionate tone used to tell the epic tale here, with a good attempt to cover all bases.

This kind of casual mistake makes one suspect that other casual comments about the patttanaik of particular words may also be incorrect or at least, may not reflect what most other scholars believe.

This left me wondering how our brain can recollect long forgotten things when something related is encountered much later. Why are women considered as Goddesses and at the same time pulled down as objects of pleasure. 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 stranglehold of tradition over modernity in Indian society.

The author did a very good job in retelling the Mahabharata. I didn’t grow up with the tales of the Mahabharata so I’m always glad to read something about it because I find always something new. 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.

I am stripping a star and retracting the positive aspects of this review well, at least in statement in light of later readings.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

Part of the Retelling series: E’ scritto in un inglese semplice e scorrevole e contiene delle illustrazioni molto belle. Published by Penguin India.

Mythologistwriter, columnist, illustrator. The author suggests that Arjuna was very insecure about his position as the best archer and that the Pandavas were mostly insecure and unsure of their identity till their marriage to Draupadi. There are chapters in total grouped in 18 sections like parvas in the Sanskrit versioneach chapter spans pages and makes them very easy to read while on a short break.


It is evident that a lot of research went into writing the book, and I always appreciate authors who work hard to gift you that extra something special. Scholars, meanwhile, have continued to refine the canonical text, and new, presumably more authoritative, collections and translations continue to be published.

InPattanaik was listed in the top category of bestselling Indian authors. Mahabharata is a story which always leaves me wanting more and more and every time I finish it I feel emotional or some sort of an emptiness crawls with in me which leaves me with mixed feelings for days but still I love reading it again and again.

Jaya is not the same as 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!?

He has been rather contemptuous of the hyper-nationalism of a section of American Hindus who are clueless about Indian realities. I read it repeatedly over the years and was well conversant with the myths, the war and its aftermath.

Devdutt Pattanaik

Yes this book is a page-turner though we knew the ending and plot. The conflict between two families is actually the sideline to the book.

A worthy 5 star and pattahaik read. Aug 28, Sai Karann K rated it it was amazing. This is Mahabharata for the IT age. One keeps you in Swarga; the other raises you into Vaikuntha.

Mar 11, Sumirti Singaravel rated it it was ok Shelves: As an added bonus, the book had wonderful sketches by the author himself, which were a treat to admire. 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.