The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik Ajaya by Anand Neelakantan Karna’s Alter Ego by Surendra Nath Mrityunjaya. Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian author known for fictional work and interpretations of ancient Indian scriptures. He has incorporated Vedic knowledge into human resource management. His books include Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology; Jaya: An. 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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He delves into the sub-plots, significance of little known events, different folk-lores and the numerous stories within stories which make up the real Mahabharata visualized by Ved Vyasa. A worthy 5 star and recommended read.

Brilliantly put, Pattnaik manages to grasp the messages of every fable of Mahabharata. But once I started “Jaya” I just couldn’t pattanak it down.

Review: Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik

The Mahabharata is considered an Itihasa, meaning history. But what I noticed when I was midway in this book was that I was reading this non-stop. So vivid is the prose that one can easily create visualisations of the events. I was literally transferred to that era and those places where Mahabharata took place.

Aug 24, Henna Achhpal rated it it was amazing. This is Mahabharata for the IT age.

This strange fact brings up a difficult question in the reader’s mind – to judge or not to judge God. Mahabharata is rightly called the Fifth Veda.

Refresh and try again. High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Not being a scholar of either Jsya literature or the Mahabharata, I will say no more on that topic, so on to Jaya. Devdugt was no hero or villain in the epic, just people struggling with life, responding to crises, making mistakes, repeating mistakes, in innocence pagtanaik ignorance, jata trying to make their lives meaningful and worthwhile.

How is it possible that an ancient story can contain the answers to our present? Want to Read saving…. Pradip Bhattacharya Devdutt Pattanaik: The concepts of dharma and justice are explained beautifully and even as the Pandavas grow their perspective during their exile and their pride, anger etc get tempered before and after the war, there is tremendous learning for the reader too.


Whether or not you believe in or like the explanation is a subjective thing but I found his attempt to answer, commendable. 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.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

Highly informative and fun to read. I had read the story before, but he managed to keep my interest and to tell me new things, and he kept me hooked to the end. For they still carry huge strings of ideas which we should leave behind.

That said, there are also several issues with this book: Reload Please fill the above code for verification. When I give three stars to a book, it’s often grudgingly as I think I may be over-emphasising its merits, or guiltily as I think I may be downplaying the book’s merits. Devdutt Pattanaik born December 11, is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management. 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.

Jul 02, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: It explains why the epic is part of the grand Vedic cosmos and how it cannot be understood without appreciating Ramayana, Vishnu Purana, Shiva Purana and Devi Purana 7. Out of the numerous sub-plots, he has shed light on only those which probably appealed to him the most.

But somehow, the word seduction has taken a negative connotation now. Through adventures and small incidents Jaya asks us questions that make us wonder what is right, what is wrong?

The explanation of events are done on many planes – rational, metaphysical, spiritual, bringing a lot of clarity to the complex tale. For now, it suffices to say that it is both enjoyable and non-trivial. Many thoughts which prodded and poked at my sleepy mind and conscience. I think it gave me a very holistic view about the epic. This was a mine house of less known facts.


Devdutt Pattanaik’s illustration is how a narration should be, to be told without holding any prejudices, and understanding its importance, to act as the mediator to convey the message. A definite future reread. These three stars are given guiltily.

Arjun rushes towards Dhrishtadyumna shouting in vain that he must not kill the guru. This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat If you want to read a novel about Mahabharata, this should be the one The poem itself states that this is an expanded version of an earlier, much shorter epic, so there is no question about the fact that it has multiple authors who have added and subtracted mostly added material over hundreds or even thousands of years to what was probably a much more compact original.

No chapter ends with a cliff-hanger. I read this in preparation for reading the actual Mahabharata that is, a lot of it, in the translation by Carole Satyamurti. I hungered to read them in a continuity — for chronology, for ease of understanding, and most importantly, for enjoyment.

Mar 12, Raghu rated it liked it. To his credit, these variants are almost always noted to be variants, but usually this fact is mentioned AFTER the episode has been presented as the next step in the story, which can leave the casual reader with a misleading picture of what the epic represents to most Hindus.

This was, for me, the best part of this book and what may possibly make it worth a read even for those who are already quite familiar with the tale as I was even before reading this book.