What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya? Solve this puzzle and you will solve the mystery of the Mahabharata. In this enthralling retelling of India’s. The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose 7 reasons to buy Jaya: Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik. 1. 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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It’s full of history, fablesmyths and parables and I really learnt a lot of new things. For now, it suffices to say that it is both enjoyable and non-trivial. This is Mahabharata for the IT age.

The book contains many intriguing tales from other versions of the epic, not just the major regional versions, but also those used in enacting the epic in folk arts like Chattisgarh’s Pandavani, Tamil Nadu’s Terukuttu and Karnataka’s Yakshagana. This left me wondering how our brain can recollect long forgotten things when something related is encountered much later.

There is no doubt that Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God.

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Vishwajeet Satpute 23 Jan, 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 Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Kamataka.

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After each chapter, he points out the variations in the stories which makes readers aware of different narratives. With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over years.

Perhaps, once I read the translation of the Mahabharatha, I will be able to judge this work on several scales. You can Order books across India. But this was a refreshing read.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

It goes thus, A son renounces sex so that his old father can remarry A daughter is a prize in an archery contest A teacher demands half a teh as his tuition fee A student is turned away because of his caste A mother asks her so Where do I even begin to review this book?

Taking the stories from different sources allows the author to provide a detailed descriptions of many plots in the epic.

How we rejoiced reading about the The year was No, not at all. For those who do not know the story of the Mahabharata, this can be a good choice for a first book based on Mahabharata. Is this book suitable for 11 year olds? Thorough, precise, and highly detailed – a must read for anyone interested in understanding the Mahabharata from its roots up.

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An illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, New Delhi: Richly illustrated with over line drawings by the author, the chapters abound with little-known details such as the names of the hundred Kauravas, the worship maahabharata Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu, the stories of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan and Barbareek, the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana, and the dating of the war based on astronomical data.


The whole story is like a riddle, retleling makes you go on, still asking questions, still left unanswered until it dawns upon you. The Great Indian Epics Retold.

I bought the Kindle version and read the book on my mobile phone, on my tablet and on Amazon Cloud Reader. He later studied Comparative Mythology at Mumbai University.

Here, the author quotes B. Safe and Secure Payments. I had read the story before, but he managed to keep my interest and to tell me new things, and he kept me hooked to the end.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He started to write books and columns on the subject and has also delivered many lectures on Indian mythology.

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Even as one feels the familiarity thanks to the places which still exist mentioned and can identify with the experiences and tribulations of the mortal characters, there is also an awe created by the elements of divinity. 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.

One of our first associations with the Mahabharata probably dates back to B. I am ullustrated a star and retracting the positive aspects of this review well, at least in statement in light of later readings.