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Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata Paperback – October 5, 2011
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I had always thought of reading and knowing the Mahabharata but somehow I just couldn't sit down and go through the traditional one. That is when I stumbled upon JAYA. And grateful as I am, this book is for all those who just want to know that little something about our culture and beliefs. The work put in by the author in gathering the facts will leave you absolutely stunned and once you are done with it you would feel like acting like an expert on hindu Mythology.....!!! Really it is that good...... So go ahead and grab your copy..... do not borrow it but Buy it..... it is one of the must haves in your classics.....! Happy Reading...! --Siddhartha Sharma on 28 Sep 2011
This has to be one of the best books on Mahabharat. The best part of book is it is impartial and factual. Also every chapter end with few bullet points, trying to connect events and customs in story, with probable prevailing customers in reality around that period. It interprets Mahabharat not just as a story, but also from a rational point of view. A Must-Read ! --Parth Pooniwala on 22 Sep 2013
All I have is Respect for Mr.Devdutt for his brilliant understanding of mythology and mastery in portraying the most complex thoughts in the simplest , believable and UN-offending manner. Jaya is mahabharat the biggest epic ever written uncovered to the roots... I loved reading every single word from it...like I was discovering my own past. Its a must read for all mythology buffs! --Sumit Pandey on 16 Nov 2012
About the Author
Devdutt Pattanaik is a medical doctor by education, a leadership consultant by profession, and a mythologist by passion. He has written and lectured extensilvey on the nature of sacred stories, symbols and rituals and their relevance in modern times. His books include The Book of Ram, Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology and The Pregnant King and The Book of Kali is based on his talks.
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Devdutt Patnaik beautifully and deftly has made the essence of "Jaya" shine through this book. The beginning portion might even be shockingly blunt for the devout but what a beautiful summarization of the Gita, the end of the Epic and the conclusions drawn.
This book brought out so many perspectives for me. Many many thanks to Devdutt Patnaik for writing this wonderful book. I especially recommend it to any serious minded spiritual seeker and all young minds who are interested in the apparent contradictions of this timeless tale.
Apart from this, the book very well explains lots of ambiguity which in all other Mahabharata's which I have read is explained as fantasy... I personally loved this Mahabharata story as I can relate it to our current world more than a magical world as explained in other books..
I would recommend this books to those who believe in practical things than fantasy and are having doubts in the exsistance of these stories as real.
Moreover, you will get enlightened by the facts that you can relate to your life very easily..and find some inner peace in doing so... (again it's a personal belief and can vary person to person.
The parts covering Pandavas 12 year exile, Bhagvad Gita, Bhisma & Abhimanyu's death .. all the really important events feel a bit too light and breezy and doesn't get the analysis depth that it deserves, which the author has so nicely done in some other areas, specially covering parts related to Draupadi or Karna..
The illustrations are great and is probably one of the most creative I have ever seen
Hinduism is simple , it is so simple that it does not need much thought to decide right vs wrong - yet not all supposed righteous actions have intended results - the triad of karma dharma and destiny !
Read and enlighten yourselves - 5 stars
The Mahabharata itself--the classic tale of an ancient, cataclysmic war in North India--is incredibly moving. It asks (among a hundred other questions with which it challenges us), if God should appear on Earth in human form to speak directly to us--we violent beings who in spite of our best efforts seem always to destroy ourselves in the end-- what would he say?