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It starts with an introducti I read this in preparation for reading the actual Mahabharata that is, a lot mahabhagata it, in the translation by Carole Satyamurti. There are four excellent reasons to read this book. Jul 16, Ripudaman rated it really liked it.

The stories are embellished with line illustrations; the style is unique, illusrated break from standard visual formats Amar Chitra Katha or DC comics 3. 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. Richly illustrated with over line drawings mahabharaya the author, the chapters abound with little-known details such as the names of the hundred Kauravas, the worship of 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.

As I was wandering in the airport bookstore, I came across this book, refelling the back cover and was hooked.

Personally, I don’t see it that way. View all 5 comments. The underlying conflict between fgee two groups is essentially on the legitimacy of rule.

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. This text is extremely focused for reading compared to the plethora of books on this topic.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

There are several explanatory boxes that help understand the context. But I’m really glad I read this, not just because of the small illistrated 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 I illustratev myself more well-versed with the Mahabharata than the average person, because of my interest in Hindu mythology and the amount of reading I’ve done on the subject.


Want to Read saving…. Pattanaik has a wonderful way of looking at things, I only wish he had cared to look deeper with that vision. I read it repeatedly over the years and if well conversant with the myths, the war and its aftermath.

The book is organized in a really helpful illuztrated. Increasingly, English is becoming the language of communication, even among young Indians. Awesome were past few days spent with this book. So runs the belief.

But once I started “Jaya” I just couldn’t put it down. I read this in preparation for reading the actual Mahabharata that is, a lot of it, in fere translation by Carole Satyamurti.

And, to see this great epic as what it is, I do not recommend this author.

Book Review- Jaya: An illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata | Shafin Shabir –

The Lives of Others. The retelling of the great Indian epic Mahbharat by Devdatt Patnaik is a great work. His interpretation and explanations at the end of every chapter make it even better.

There was no hero or villain in the epic, just people struggling with life, responding to crises, making mistakes, repeating mistakes, in innocence or ignorance, while trying to make their lives meaningful and worthwhile. The author has accumulated various stories which are scattered across the country and given a meaningful essence to the readers. Most narrations of the epic do not suggest such a prime role for Draupadi.

We should accept that there are parts of them which are outdated. Mar 12, Raghu rated it liked it.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

The author also suggests that the epic was written over many centuries, starting with the Vedic times around BCE all retleling way to CE when the Bhagvad Gita was possibly added. That is because this book focuses on something much beyond the war. Also, its constant parallels to the Vedic societal norms makes it interesting and thought provoking. Based on astronimical data exactly as given in the epic – that two eclipses separated by 13 days took place around the war, that of a lunar eclipse and then a solar eclipse with Saturn at Rohini and Jupiter at Revathi – the Great war must have started on 22 Nov BCE.

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It is much more than that and perhaps this narrow interpretation has deterred people, who look at the title and the cover, without getting into what the book actually contains. Aug 16, Manu rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 jayq fought where all rules are broken A shift in fref 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 illustratrd Ramayana and the Mahabharata, but I was always partial towards the Mahabharata.

The book also gives us an outlook of the social structure of the society prevalent at the time corresponding to the epic. I didn’t realize reading this would be such an epiphany.