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Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (English)

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Specifications of Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (English) (Paperback)

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Publisher Penguin Publishing Group
ISBN-10 014310425X
Imprint Penguin Global
Number of Pages 372 Pages
Publication Year 2010 October
Language English
ISBN-13 9780143104254
Binding Paperback
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Weight 1.42 Pounds (US)
Height 8.99 Inches (US)
Width 1.09 Inches (US)
Depth 1.25 inch
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Devdutt Pattanaik is a medical doctor by education, a leadership \consultant by profession, and a mythologist by passion. He has written \and lectured extensively on the nature of sacred stories, symbols and \rituals and their relevance in modern times. His books include The Book \of Ram, Myth=Mithy...View More
Devdutt Pattanaik is a medical doctor by education, a leadership \consultant by profession, and a mythologist by passion. He has written \and lectured extensively 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.
Author Devdutt Pattanaik
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Abhishek Chowdhary

Jan 15, 2016

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You won't regret it even if you have read the original.

Devdutt has put his knowledge of Indian Mythological in bits and pieces as footnotes,which at times become more interesting than the text.
Coming to Mahabharat content, author has maintained a very logical sequence and also enthused many folk stories aptly(,ie why "Retelling") in the content. (View complete review)
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Meghna Tripathi

Dec 28, 2015

Finest book available on Mahabharata in out times

This is the finest book available on Mahabharata in out times. This gives not only covers Mahabharata of Vedvyas but also many variations of it. Writer also attempted to find the relevance in modern times.
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charanpreet singh

Dec 17, 2015

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Beauty!!!

This book is so beautifully written that I read this in 2 days. Must buy for anyone looking to understand the Mahabharata.
Disclaimer: You'll be glued to the book till you finish it!! :P
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Arti Survar

Dec 9, 2015

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Disappointing.

No 'out of the box' views! Written in modern times, I expected the author to have inserted some enlightening, modern view of the pathetic, unreasonable, ridiculous ending of the Mahabharata, but there were none.
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Oct 14, 2015

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Jaya

Most of the stories are already known if you have read CR's mahabaratha or the original one. No surprises at all. Made boring reading after a while.

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Arun Vasan

Nov 3, 2012

Intersting but...

The book is an easy read, captures the gist of the story, and takes interesting detours that not commonly seen in the standard canon. The book highlights and celebrates what we may find weird by modern mores. So far so good.

Some of the author's comments and observations may seem uber-bold (by say Rajaji's standards) and even provocative. However, the summaries/analysis accompanying each chapter, if one may call them so, seem quite shallow and heavily influenced by others such as Wendy Doniger. Most of these comments go like: "Rationalists say ...". Indeed, they strongly reek of powerpoint su
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Siddhartha Sharma

Sep 28, 2011

A MUST READ..!!

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 ha
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Sony Swamy

Jan 11, 2012

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A research item

A good research work, complete with family hierarchy maps, and relationships between characters in the Mahabharata. A contemporary style of writing. But that's it.

It lacks the passion, emotions, and the spiritual message be found in a version of Mahabharata written by a devotee or a yogi. And it trivialises some deeper aspects; like Brahmacharya is written as just giving up of sex.

It isnt completely illustrated, as i expected. Has a few pictoral depictions in some pages.
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G Venkatram

Feb 5, 2014

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A retelling divorced from the true Spirit of Mahabharata

I purchased this book to have a easy and interesting read on the Mahabharata. However, I did not think it will be so much divorced from the Spirit of Mahabharata- Spirituality. Any attempt to retell the Epic without dealing with the Spiritual significance of the events, characters and portrayal is bound to fall far short of a faithful retelling.

Mahabharata puts forth every possible human predicament before our eyes, in the form of its characters and situations and tells us the correct way of dealing with them through the various Spiritual messages scattered all over it (including the Bhagav
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Parth Pooniwala

Sep 22, 2013

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Spectacular book

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 customes in reality around that period. It interprets Mahabharat not just as a stoy, but also from a rational point of view.
A Must-Read !
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Sumit Pandey

Nov 16, 2012

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True "Jaya" in totality!

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!
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Swati Gupta

Jan 11, 2012

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Enlightening

I am impressed by the flipkart's service. I ordered the book in the morning and received it next afternoon. I am an ardent reader of Mahabharat. I have read it many times from different sources, I also have great intrest in Indiam mythology which prompted me to pick this up. And I must say I was pleased to make this choice.

There are certain revelations which I have never came across before. Language is lucid and just allows you to flow easily with it. What made an impact on me was how writer has emphasized on the symbolical importance of any action taken by the characters of that era. One c
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Pamela

Jan 6, 2012

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Amazing book

Devdutt Pattanaik has taken care to make Jaya an entertaining as well as a rich learning experience. For each chapter, he has included beautiful sketches pertaining to the story and many important historical facts also! Hats off to the author; Mahabharata was never so much fun!
As for Flipkart, thank you once gain for the prompt service! Keep up the good work, folks!
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gagan gc

Feb 5, 2014

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All characters and incidents portrayed in negative manner

I purchased this book seeing overwhelming positive reviews on flipkart. After going through this book,I felt complete disappointment as there is no positive take away from this book. Mahabharat is intended to give positive life lessons.This book completely falls flat in portraying characters as inspiring one,instead this book describes every character in the epic with a ulterior motive and every incident with bad moral take away.

Finally,This is complete waste of money and time.I never wrote a review for any product I purchased but I felt need to write and inform buyers about this book as th
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K Ashhar

Oct 14, 2011

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Beautiful compilation

The book beautifully encompasses the various stories and characters that make up the Mahabharata. What I find the most interesting is the small 'notes' type blocks with each story which make you think in the other direction for the reasons behind an incident, its implications on the future, and what we can derive out of it. Its not at all a boring droning story, but very interactively written.
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