The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose 7 reasons to buy Jaya: Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata by. Get Free Read Online Ebook PDF jaya an illustrated retelling of the illustrated retelling of the mahabharata devdutt pattanaik PDF file for free from our online. Book Review- Jaya: An illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata. Shafin Shabir But it would be incorrect to say that they were completely free. Women in this.

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The story of Budh and Ila shows that people with sexual ambiguity were a part of the early Vedic society. As I was wandering in the airport bookstore, I came across this book, read the back cover and was hooked. Pattanaik has a wonderful way of looking at things, I only wish he had cared to look deeper with that vision. That way the …more I think it would be more appropriate for an older person say one of the parents or grandparents to read and explain it to a 11 year old.

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There was hardly any chapter in which I didn’t come across some new tidbit or other, and that illustrater when I have watched all 94 episodes of B. But I’m really glad I read this, not just because of the small details I learned about I counted 6 things I hadn’t known about – Sahadeva’s precognition gained by eating Pandu’s flesh, Draupadi cursing dogs to copulate in public for stealing Yudhishtira’s slippers, Vibhishana being present at Draupadi’s swayamwar, a couple of stories on why Krishna stepped in to protect Draupadi when Dusshasana tried to disrobe her, why Shakuni did his best to ensure the destruction of the Kuru clan, Draupadi’s regret over Karna and at least a couple more interesting tidbits but because of the wonderful lessons it provides.

The amount of space dedicated to any given incident is too less and this makes the whole exercise a bit too shallow. Nov 17, Prem rated it really liked it. What is the Mahabharata? These three stars are given guiltily.


It is very easy to miss the forest for the trees when you embark upon this adventure called Mahabharata, so Pattanaik spells jaga out for you, and I believe there is no harm in benefiting from his vast research.

Not being a scholar of either Indic literature or the Mahabharata, I will say no more on that topic, so illjstrated to Jaya. The size of the book doesn’t disappoint both in terms of depth of content and number of pages.

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I was on my way back to Boston from Hyderabad, India and had a lot of time to kill at the airport after the security check. Dec 16, Anubhav rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another instance which shows the dependence of women on her husband is the part when Pandu decides to become a hermit and his wifes, Kunti and Madri follow him.

Wanted to read Mahabharata before I moved on to reading some other books which compare their content with Mahabharata and its characters. The Diary of a Young Girl. This is a book for every Indian who confuses the Pandavas’ victory over Kauravas as the essence of Mahabharata. This left me wondering how our brain can recollect long forgotten things when something related is fred much later.

But this was a refreshing read. For they still carry huge strings of ideas which we should leave behind. Where do I even begin to review this book?

A P J Abdul Kalam. The book also gives us an outlook of the social structure of the society prevalent at the time corresponding to the epic.

His interpretation and explanations at the end of every chapter make it even better. After thirteen years of exile when Pandavas return, Duryodhana denies them entry, resulting in the war at Kurukshetra.

The little notes that Devdutt has added gives us a perspective to how the story influenced as well as got influenced by people of various times. Sep 28, Smriti Jhunjhunwala rated it really liked it. Vedavyasa or Vyasadeva is a title, conferred on someone who collates and classifies the Vedas. The story of Krishna is part of the great epic, from his birth to his death;even his song, the Bhagavad Gita, is retold in simple prose. I believe that this inclusion is to retepling to a larger a crowd which is interested in the role of women in the early Indian societies.


Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. 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 Chhattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu and Yakshagana of Karnataka. Mahabharata does in no way preach religion but it does speak about the authority of a supreme being over rerelling world and its inhabitants.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

It starts with an introducti I read this in preparation for reading the actual Mahabharata that is, a lot ftee it, in the translation by Carole Satyamurti. Also, the story can be told in parts yo make it interesting.

There are chapters in total grouped in 18 illustrted like parvas in the Sanskrit versioneach chapter spans pages and makes them very easy to read while on a short break. Mahabharata is a story which always leaves me wanting mo Awesome were past few days spent with this book.