Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

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  • Devdutt Pattanaik
  • English
Description
High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God.The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose names mean ‘victory’. One keeps you in Swarga; the other raises you into Vaikuntha. In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is pleasure for only as long as you deserve.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 greatest epic, the Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya, Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka. Richly illustrated with over 250 line drawings by the author, the 108 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. With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over 3000 years.
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Language
  • English
Publisher
  • Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN
  • 9788184751697
Publication Date
  • 2010-08-16
File Size
  • 10.66 MB
Ratings & Reviews
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The best retelling in recent times!!

I am an ardent fan of indian mythology and love exploring it numerous secrets. Devdutt has done an extraordinary work in this retelling. it hooks the readers in a way that other books fail to and i guess its because Devdutt has voiced out his opinions on the epic while still sticking heavily to the original script! a true masterpiece and a must read for all indians who crave to know our heritage!!
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Retelling at its best !!

I was in this quest for retelling of Mahabharat, it finally ended with Jaya. Precise and engaging. Devdutt patnaik takes you through this amazing journey from beginning to end, paying equal attention to all the important details. My personal favorite chapter is "Song of God". Interested in mythology or not one of the engaging retelling, must read
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A Brilliantly Written Book

It is a fabulous piece of writing. The book narrates numerous sub stories which are generally ignored in most versions of Mahabharata. The book is unbiased and has a strong philosophical hold
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Exceptional spiritual and enlightening experience

i have always been intrigued not only what is behind those hindu traditions we have but also why they r made like that. this retelling is not only repition of story but also conveys a larger perspective. It is beyond reverence of the characters but tries to bring the meaning and reasons. i liked the best part was explanation of who is brahmana. it is mind opening experience and also conveys that so many traditions hindu follow or do are no longer done with the same intentions s they were made...
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Mahabharata in fast forward

Flipkart e-book reader is good to work with and the book came out nicely. Didn't feel uncomfortable reading as an e-book.
As for the book, it is like watching the whole Mahabharata in fast forward.
But the author has done good justice by bringing out the essence of the various side stories and the main to a good essence. His take on the Gita was also good.
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Jaya Retelling of Mahabharat

Excellent book I would say.

1. Great insight to the incident described. Author has tried to pen view points of the character involved, their mindset and characteristics very well.

2. Along with traditional mahabharat story, this book include different version of same story which are part of local folklore, buddhism as well other parts of world where epic of mahabharat is sung.

3. Most important things author brought to the notice of reader was the end of book. Mahabharat where war and reas...
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Priyank Thakkar

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Dec, 2013

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Simply an amazing rendition of the Mahabharata

The best thing about the book is that it does away with the usual,old style of story-telling. The narrative is backed with strong explanations and comparisons. All character,historical and place details are mentioned in a coherent manner. Also modern day relics, in the form of temples, dramas,folk-lore of the Mahabharata is also mentioned properly. I recommend this book for anyone who is always intrigued about the epic.
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A Raja Rahul

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Dec, 2013

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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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awesum

A comprehensive description of monumental epics compiling important aspects of various folk renditions ... a literal page turner....
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a perfect title,inspiring the goal of human life's quest.

well created manuscript which shows the main motive of human life is jaya, it is not what we call vijaya.....jaya ho!!
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