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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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Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

Check out the full review on my blog here http: This text is extremely focused for reading compared to the plethora of books on this topic. This book has an ending that has never ever been told in any retelling of the Mahabharata.

Many of its sub-sects, like the Ramayana an Siddhartha Sharma 28 Sep, What makes things even more complicated is the fact that Vishnu the so called supreme ruler of the world mahabhzrata born as a human being – Krishna, and plays a pivotal illusteated in the whole story. But such a large epic I wasn’t sure if I detelling to boggle my head with so many names of Kings and queens and plots.

It made for an enriching experience. Please fill in a complete birthday Enter a valid birthday. The size of the book doesn’t disappoint both in terms of depth of content and number of pages. There is no hero or villain, there is only dharma and adharma, vijaya and jaya.

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Since then i have wondered in search of someone who can rediscover all those insights of life revealing the laws of Nature, way of God and Human instincts, understanding of which have started fading away to make room for political menace, historicity of illustrared, countless narratives of superiority and logical minds lacking enlightenment. 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 kingdom as his tuition fee A student is turned away because of his caste A mother asks her sons to share a wife A father curses his son-in-law to be old and impotent A husband lets another man make his wife pregnant A wife blindfolds herself to share her husband’s blindness A forest is destroyed for a new city A family is divided over inheritance A king gambles away his kingdom A queen is forced to serve as a maid A man is stripped of his manhood for a year A woman is publicly disrobed A war is fought where all rules are broken A shift in sexuality secures victory The vanquished go to paradise The victors lose their children The earth is bathed in blood God is cursed Until wisdom prevails I grew up listening to stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, but I was always partial towards the Mahabharata.


Picked up this book half heartedly as a friend suggested and gifted He is not strictly traditional in his retelling, yet he remains true to the original spirit of the stories.

Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 tye 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Month January February March April May June July August September October November December Illusstrated I will be reading his other books soon with hope for jayq of the same clarity and less of the cursoriness. I do not like the matter of fact tone, with analysis at the end of every chapter.

This was a mine house of less known facts. Reading mahabharata was a sudden and unexpected choice on my part.

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An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata on your Kindle in under a minute. As I was wandering in the airport bookstore, I came across this book, read the back cover and was hooked.

Mahatma Gandhi has warned that our history might turn into a burden, when we fail to move forward by clinging to it. 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Ever since i have started reading between the lines of scriptures and exploring the life of spiritual persons i have found the immensity of wisdom underlying within.

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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. Couple that with the fact that author has tried to remain neutral about various meanings that can be derived from each chapter and tried to present variations among different versions of Mahabharata and its stories among the folklore from different parts of India and a version from Indonesia.

Indian households awaited the stars, planets and celestial bodies to fill their television screens while the background voice of ‘Samay’ Time echoed ‘Main Samay hoon’ I am Time. Devdutt Pattanaik, thank you for introducing me to the best of India and Indian culture.


Other editions – View all Jaya: Great work — so relevant in todays world — the same old lessons human need to be reminded on stay away from greed; excesses; get along with all and how material aspirations can turn to evil deeds. It’s full of history, fablesmyths and parables and I really learnt a lot of new things.

Not surprising that I retained this feelin This is not a new story and as any kid who grew up in the 90s India can attest, no one can shake the Mahabharata from BRChopra’s epic. Be the first to rate this product Rate this product: There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

He also brings in alternative versions of the epic from various folk traditions in Tamilnadu, Orissa, Rajasthan and Indonesia. 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.

The whole story is like a riddle, that makes you go on, still asking questions, still left unanswered until it dawns upon you.

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And grateful as I am, this book is for all those who just want to know that maahabharata something about our culture and jayaa. 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.

In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is please for only as long as you deserve. 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 mahabharatz still I love reading it again and again. This is not a new story and as any kid who grew up in the 90s India can attest, no one can shake the Mahabharata from BRChopra’s epic.

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