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Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (English)

(Paperback, Devdutt Pattanaik)
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Language: English
Length: 227 pages
Publisher: PENGUIN INDIA
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Key Features of Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (English)

  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: PENGUIN INDIA
  • ISBN: 9780143099703, 0143099701
  • Edition: 1stEdition, 2006
  • Pages: 227

Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (English) (Paperback, Devdutt Pattanaik) Price: Rs. 225

Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology is a guide to unravel and understand the many myths and legends and the symbolism of the Hindu religion.

Summary Of The Book

Hinduism can be a puzzle or even an enigma to the uninitiated. There are so many different beliefs, so many rituals and so many myths and legends, it can be hard to follow. Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology is an attempt by the author to shed light on this seeming tangle, to show the deeper meanings of the different stories. He explains about the Hindu Trinity and their Divine Consorts. He also goes into the puzzle of why Hindus believe in one Supreme Reality and yet claim the existence of 330 million Gods.

The book explains concepts like the Pitr, Jiva, and about the Devas and the Asuras. He explains the significance of various rituals. He discusses how the warrior-like Kali and the benign Gauri are different forms of the same Goddess. He also compares the roles and the powers of the Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He goes into the idea behind the various avatars or incarnations of the Preserver, Vishnu. He examines why the Rama and Krishna avatars have assumed such significance.

Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology also compares the two major epics, The Ramayana and The Mahabharata. It analyzes why the two avatars in the epics, Rama and Krishna, were so different. It shows that the age that these epics were set in demanded different perspectives to handle similar situations. This book is not a continuous narrative, it does not read like a novel. Instead, it is a source of reference for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the stories and rituals and symbols that permeate the Hindu faith. The book is not aimed just at those who are non-Hindus. Even those who have been brought up in the Hindu faith can gain some deeper insights into their customs and beliefs through this book. Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology also includes illustrations which are drawn by the author.

About Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik is a physician who turned his love for Indian mythology into his profession. Other books by this author include The Goddess In India: The Five Faces Of The Eternal Feminine, The Man Who Was A Woman And Other Queer Tales Of Hindu Lore, Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, And Rituals From The Heart Of The Subcontinent, and Hanuman: An Introduction.

Devdutt Pattanaik was born in 1970 in Mumbai. He graduated from Grant Medical College. He worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry for around 14 years. He then decided to use his passion for Hindu Mythology to write about it and use the stories as the base for teaching about leadership skills. He was invited to speak at the first TED Conference in India. He also did a show called Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18. This show taught business lessons from stories and incidents in The Ramayana and The Mahabharata.

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Reviews of Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (English) (Paperback, Devdutt Pattanaik)

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Ritaraj Datta

Aug 28, 2016

First to review

Awesome book

Great
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Mithil Mirkar

May 4, 2015

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Must read.

A must read for all Hindus.
Know more about the Tridev and how they inspire and affect the world.
Hats off to the author Devdutt Patnaik.
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Prakash Tiwari

Oct 8, 2014

Interesting Read

First of all, the short stories are really good in this book ,even if you are not interested in mythology.
I liked the explanation and conclusion on the various parts by the author.
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Vinoth Paramanatham

Oct 2, 2014

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Ideal Book for Beginners

This book provides a good introduction to indian mythology. I suggest this book to readers who dont know the basics of the indian mythology and want to learn about it.
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Aruna chakravartula

Sep 26, 2014

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good read for those who havent read 7 secrets of shiva

if u have read seven secrets of shiva, this book might sound repetetive..a good compilation and interpretation of popular stories otherwise!

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Suresh Narayan Kamath

Sep 5, 2010

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Enchanting book

It is first one of Dr Pattnaik for me.Quite an absorbing and reminded me of grandma and mom stories of younger days.
Well documented with reasoning and philosophy
I recommend the book even if one is athetist

Prashanth Kamath

Oct 20, 2010

Myth = Mithya = Satya

The book was really a great learning experience.
explains logic of many a things which we have known / heard.
Must read for all who believe in God.

Abhishek Kona

Nov 3, 2010

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Underprepared

I found the book very under prepared. It is filled with tables and diagrams, an attempt to simplify the symbols but which makes it a textbook. The stories and instances from Hindu Mythology are also scanty in detail and leave you disappointed.
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Deekeshwar Dobhal

Oct 14, 2011

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Excellent book to read

Recently I've purchase this book and now it became a trouble for me. As my mother is unable to read or understand English, so every day I've to read and explain two or three stories every day in Hindi. Somewhere she found something to comment as some stories she had already heard in her childhood but many are very new for her.

Somewhere, it is seen that author is rising several unexplained questions instead explaining the things, but it is manageable because non of us were there when that thing was happening. Further, people around the different parts of the India or World have different view

Mrudula Namjoshi

Nov 17, 2010

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Beautifully written!

Hindu Mythology in itself is such huge that its not a joke to fit in all its important aspects in one single text. The author's attempt to do this is worth of an appreciation. I enjoyed reading the logic and reasoning given in this book and the simplifications in form of diagrams. I find the text interesting and a must read by everyone for that matter... The book has made 'Mythology' much more of an interest for me than it was before!
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Baidurya Sen

Nov 18, 2011

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Brilliant for the Amateurs!!!

This was the first mythology book I ever bought reading the reviews in Flipkart. And believe me, it won't disappoint you, if you are not much into mythology. The strength of the book is it's presentation-lucid and attractive, with pictures and tables for comparisons. You will surely find yourself enriched with knowledge by the time you finish. Eager to read the rest of his books. It will be a good read(and a gift) for both children and adults.
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Lakshmi Narayan

Sep 12, 2012

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A very informative read

First when I started reading this book, I assumed that this would be filled with heavy mythological facts that will make me snore. But once I started reading further and further, turned out that I really enjoyed reading it.

The best part about this book is that it unravels the reason behind every belief that we have been following blindly till date. Gives a clear picture about mythological stories with proper validations. The language used is very simple, crisp and to the point.

A must read for people who are interested in mythology!!! :)
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N Ram

Oct 3, 2011

Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology

Good insight of Hindu mythology for today's youth, presented in short stories...............................................................

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Aug 12, 2010

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One of the best interpretations of symbols, rituals in Hinduism. Guess the way the entire book is narrated by talking a point and followin it up with an example is the best.
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Swagat Kumar

Nov 22, 2013

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Fascinating and entertaining

Mythologies are not lies. The facts have been exaggerated with a purpose to keep them alive forever. It is a way to pass on the messages and teachings from one generation to another which continued for several generations from mouth-to-ear in absence of any written medium of communication. The author corroborates this very fact by telling and explaining various mythological stories. In the process, we get to know about various philosophical terms and their meanings. For instance, the difference between purusha and prakriti or difference between Kali and Gauri, Shiva and Vishnu ... and so on. i
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