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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And I must say I was pleased to make this choice.

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Keep up the good work, folks! Scholars, meanwhile, have jyaa to refine the canonical text, and new, presumably more authoritative, collections and translations continue to be published.

Also, the story can be told in parts yo make it interesting. This is not spiritual or philosophical book, its ertelling way of life.

Any item mahabhaarata “FREE Shipping” label on the search and the product detail page is eligible and contributes to your free shipping order minimum. So I am always curious to see how any retelling will go, and the tone the author would take. One keeps you in Swarga; the other raises you into Vaikuntha. So it is better to refrain from making such statements.

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His interpretation and explanations at the end of every chapter make it even better. I am stripping a star and retracting the positive aspects of this review well, at least in statement in light of later readings.

I think I will never get tired to read about the Mahabharata. He retells the story using his perspicuous writing and fascinating illustrations. These comments also give a philosophical flavor to the epic.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

I have already read the Mahabharata and I’m if lessons with a Swamini about the Bhagavad Gita, so I know there is a lot more and deeper meanings but “Jaya” is really a very good book. Penguin Books India Pvt.


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For me, this really is the pinnacle of research on the Mahabharata because it incorporates several viewpoints of the Epic from all over India, not just the written accounts but also orally told stories and folktales. It tries to find the message for mankind hidden in the complexities of this epic saga. Read and enlighten yourselves – 5 stars.

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. This conclusion gives uniqueness to this book and makes it to stand out amongst its contemporaries. Jul 25, Rudrangshu Das rated it it was thd Shelves: 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.

An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, Devdutt Pattanaik has condensed the epic into rete,ling small capsule.

This book also gives the stories of women like that of Gandhari, Kunti and Draupadi. Though it was written close to years back, the amazing fact is that we still face the same issues, ask the same questions even now. Selected pages Title Page.

He is not strictly traditional in his retelling, yet he remains true ullustrated the original spirit of the stories. An illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata. I read this in preparation for reading the actual Mahabharata that is, a lot of it, in the translation by Carole Satyamurti.

I purchased this book seeing overwhelming positive reviews on flipkart. Our generation is doing exactly the same.

It also shows that how futile human actions and ego is, in the context of the larger mechanism of the universe. Everyone, be it a theist, an atheist or an agnostic could read this book, for such a good retelling it is.


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.

Really it is that g He takes a more critical and objective look at the epic and speculates on the motives of the various players in the epic without being constrained by false religious devotion and dogma. While the good old days have become memories, exploring the contours of the celebrated mythological texts has changed and assumed a new outlook.

Write a customer review. If you want to understand the true meaning of this epic then without any doubt do pick this book.

Rajaji also was guilty of presenting an incomplete picture of the epic in some ways.