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    The Pregnant King (English, Paperback, Devdutt Pattanaik)

    The Pregnant King  (English, Paperback, Devdutt Pattanaik)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • ISBN: 9780143063476, 0143063472
    • Edition: 01, 2008
    • Pages: 360
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    Description

    Hindu mythology holds many important events and stories which have been handed down generation after generation as a part of society’s ways and norms. The Mahabharata is one such epic that speaks of the King Yuvanashva and his unique story.

    The popular and just ruler of Vallabhi, King Yuvanashva, is an obedient son and an equally devoted husband to his wives. But even the happiest of homes have secret tragedies hidden in their midst. Shilavati, the king’s mother, refuses to give him permission to join the famous battle of Kurukshetra, because the king is unable to sire a worthy heir for his throne despite years of devotion and rituals. Finally, out of sheer desperation he turns to Yaja and Upajaya, two powerful sages, who create a magical potion that when taken by his queens will impregnate them.

    But what happens next is unexpected, King Yuvanashva accidentally ends up drinking the potion. Here arises a series of complications; a pregnant king? What happens to his son, Mandhata, who is unaware of the circumstances of his birth?

     And perhaps the greatest irony of the tale is that the virile King faces his life’s greatest dilemma, when the great upholder of virtue (Dharma) and the epitome of manhood longs to hear his son call him ‘Mother’ just once, before he breathes his last. A rich and complex weave of tales intersecting both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and its characters, The Pregnant King takes its readers through a journey of realism and contemporary ideologies that seem to haunt mankind not just today, but also in a world built 2,000 years ago.

    The novel does not end here though. We are introduced to Shilavati, who cannot rule as a king because she is a woman, Pruthalashva, who must sire a child because he is a man, a Yaksha named Sthunakarna, who surrenders his manhood so that Shikhandi (a woman) can become a man and a husband, and later reclaims it, and of the great warrior Arjuna with his many wives, who is forced to disguise himself as a woman when a nymph castrates him. And in this journey, we witness King Yuvanashva’s struggle to be just to all, his conflict with himself, and his duty to bring about Dharma in his kingdom.

    About the Author
    Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, born on December 11, 1970, in Mumbai is an Indian physician, a leadership consultant, and author who focuses on Indian Mythology.

    His other works are also mythology based and include Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, written in 2010.

    Having completed his M.B.B.S degree from Mumbai’s Grant Medical College, Dr. Pattaniak, went on to take a course in Comparative Mythology from the University of Mumbai. Currently serving as the Chief Belief Officer at one of India’s largest retail conglomerates, the Future Group, Dr. Pattanaik strives to bring awareness about Indian mythology into the world of business management, specifically, Human Resource management, and is also a columnist for the tabloid, Mid-Day.

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    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • Penguin Books India
    • Publication Year
      • 2008
    Contributors
    • Authored By
      • Devdutt Pattanaik
    • Author Info
      • Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, born on December 11, 1970, in Mumbai is an Indian physician, a leadership consultant, and author who focuses on Indian Mythology.His other works are also mythology based and include Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, written in 2010.Having completed his M.B.B.S degree from Mumbais Grant Medical College, Dr. Pattaniak, went on to take a course in Comparative Mythology from the University of Mumbai. Currently serving as the Chief Belief Officer at one of Indias largest retail conglomerates, the Future Group, Dr. Pattanaik strives to bring awareness about Indian mythology into the world of business management, specifically, Human Resource management, and is also a columnist for the tabloid, Mid-Day.
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    4

    One of the best fiction novel!

    Pregnant King is one of the best fiction novel, story is gripping and enlightening, it makes you thinking, Devdutt Patnaik excelled in expanding the imagination and creating a story which run parallel to greatest Indian mythology Mahabharata. I was little disappointed as I was expecting much more from this, as I have read other devdutt patnaik books
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    Shreyas Aralere

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    I Am Spellbound

    Initially, I found this book very different and vulgar to some extent. But the curiosity to know and the hope that the Wisdom the ending would contain would be Life Transforming, kept me going on.

    Eventually, all that seemed different and vulgar made sense, for I feel that it is the Potion that has value ; not the Pot.

    Truly Enlightening and Mind Expanding...
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    Deoranjan Singh

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    excellent read

    Devdutt Patnaik is an excellent story teller, he interprets and narrates Indian mythology from a unspoken genre in the domain. A radical thought in words.
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    Mansha Sins

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    20 Sep, 2014

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    disappointing

    the book is extremely disappointing and it drifts away at several instances from the core stroy and too lengthy too
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    22 Aug, 2014

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    Excellent work by Devdutt Pattnaik

    Superb story telling and characterization. Excellent way to bring the contradictions in Indian thought process. excellently handles the subjects like Dharma and view of society.
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    shekhar suman

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    25 Jul, 2014

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    Completely enchanting

    Did not expect to enjoy the book when I started reading it. Each character is complex and I found myself involved in each of their graphs. One is introduced to various new characters from mythology, including rediscovering Shikhandi, the man-woman character from the Mahabharata and Draupadi's sibling. Besides the comment on gender as the pregnant king discovers and learns to cope with his surging maternal instinct, it remains a quaint and charming tale, using characters from mythology. Could ...
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    A brilliant tale

    A brilliant work of fiction which questions the long held notions of sex and gender. It opens the eyes of the viewer to the infinite possibilities of the universe And the facade that society dons to sustain order. Devdutt patnaik weaves a tale of fiction so rich in colour and soul that he has set a standard other Indian mythological authors need to come up to. This is one book that works on all levels svd will truly stay with me for a long time like the kite runner and the memoirs of a geisha.
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    26 Jun, 2014

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    Great Book

    Devdutt Pattanaik is a master of words...

    He has written a very lucide tale.

    The story gives few important lessons

    1. What you reap is Wht you sow.
    2. Parents Love can't be compare to anything else in this world.
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    Sachin Jain

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    8 Apr, 2014

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    Thought provoking

    One might not grasp all the concepts addressed in one read... But it provokes a lot of thought. Very relevant to the present day society.
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    Srividya Srikumar

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    2 Feb, 2014

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    Good one and Capturing till end

    The story telling in the book is capturing till end.
    Pros : Interesting and nicely presented to keep readers intact till the end.
    Got to know clarity of many important characters in epics
    Cons : Its a story telling only in the book. Dr. Pattnaik have given really beautiful insights and his thoughts in books like Shiva to Shankara, SITA- Ramayan which is missing in this book though. Its not exactly a cons although, but would have been more nice to have included these too.
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