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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Dhiraj I think it would be more appropriate for an older pattwnaik say one of the parents or grandparents to read and explain it to a 11 year old. He states, “Calling someone naachnewali or naachnewala has become a way of putting them down. Jun 02, Preethi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Also, this book is literally ‘illustrated’ with his line drawings which are simple yet evocative.

Needless to say this book became more and more interesting and unputdownable every time I picked up, so I did not even think of any other book till I finished this one.

Conversely, when institutional beliefs and individual beliefs are congruent, harmony is the resultant corporate climate. Published by Penguin India High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods.

But as the book progresses the reader gets the feeling that the incidents are treated a bit too cursorily. 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, conceptual, philosophical, and linguistic errors. A complete English translation complete as far as possible at that time was carried out by Krishan Mohan Ganguly and published in and is available online at Sacred Texts.

He spent his childhood and student life in ChemburMumbai. Jaya, Penguin, pages, Rs. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I do not like the matter of fact tone, with analysis at the end of every chapter.


Every chapter has comments that draws attention to variations of the story, the intention of the story, the rituals and customs that may have emerged from the story and practiced even today.

What is the High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. There is a similar bhakta-vs-bhagavan episode from a regional source regarding Hanuman protecting Raja Shakunt of Kashi from Rama.

We need to understand that dance is about seduction.

Picked up this book half heartedly as a friend suggested and gifted Drona does not trap Pandava warriors within the pattwnaik formation. The author also suggests that the epic was written over many centuries, starting with the Vedic times around BCE all the way to CE when the Bhagvad Pattqnaik was possibly added.

Forgot to add, reading this book brought back so many memories from childhood when I used to watch B R Chopra’s Mahabharat with family over years ago.

Review: Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik – Aromas of Incandescent Reveries

A must read, for sure. Its a lot more. 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 story is complex and multi-layered, the characters are memorable and many-sided and every episode is open to multiple interpretations. Different people will have their own mythology, reframing old ones or creating new ones.

So even though the chapters are arranged in a chronological manner, really they can jayya read in any order if one so desires. Because this book is an abridged version of the original, Pattanaik has obviously had to compromise on many details.

This book is divided into 18 parts. Dr Pattanaik has clearly read widely, and bases his book not just on the canonical Sanskrit version but also on multiple local and even international variants the Indonesian version is referenced and dipped into on multiple occasions. Also, the story can be told in parts yo make it interesting. It also shows that how futile human actions and ego is, in the context of the larger mechanism of the universe.


He notices dance as part of religion. Devdutt Pattanaik is a great storyteller. Its human nature to take sides in a conflict, but is it out of a sense of justice or for personal gain that we judge? 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.

As an added bonus, the book had wonderful sketches by the author himself, which were a treat to admire. It’s full of history, fablesmyths and parables and I really learnt a lot of new things. 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 story.

Where do I even begin to review this book? Nothing elaborate, but beautiful in their simplicity, glowing in the confidence of the bold strokes. How shall vibrant shoots of the future come forth unless we go to our roots? The book is organized in a really helpful way. I will be reading his other books soon with hope for more of the same clarity and less of the cursoriness.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

I didn’t realize reading this would be such an epiphany. Refresh and try again. Mar 12, Raghu rated it liked it. The author has accumulated various stories which are scattered across the country and given a pattanaii essence to the readers.

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