The Pregnant King

The Pregnant King

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Highlights
  • Devdutt Pattanaik
  • English
Description
‘I am not sure that I am a man,’ said Yuvanashva. ‘I have created life outside me as men do. But I have also created life inside me, as women do. What does that make me? Will a body such as mine fetter or free me?’Among the many hundreds of characters who inhabit the Mahabharata, perhaps the world’s greatest epic and certainly one of the oldest, is Yuvanashva, a childless king, who accidentally drinks a magic potion meant to make his queens pregnant and gives birth to a son. This extraordinary novel is his story.It is also the story of his mother Shilavati, who cannot be king because she is a woman; of young Somvat, who surrenders his genitals to become a wife; of Shikhandi, a daughter brought up as a son, who fathers a child with a borrowed penis; of Arjuna, the great warrior with many wives, who is forced to masquerade as a woman after being castrated by a nymph; of Ileshwara, a god on full-moon days and a goddess on new-moon nights; and of Adi-natha, the teacher of teachers, worshipped as a hermit by some and as an enchantress by others.Building on Hinduism’s rich and complex mythology—but driven by a very contemporary sensibility—Devdutt Pattanaik creates a lush and fecund work of fiction in which the lines are continually blurred between men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. Confronted with such fluidity the reader is drawn into Yuvanashva’s struggle to be fair to all—those here, those there and all those in between.
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Specifications
Language
  • English
Publisher
  • Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN
  • 9788184753455
Publication Date
  • 2014-07-11
File Size
  • 0.58 MB
Ratings & Reviews
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6 Reviews
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4

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 SHARMA

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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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Anuradha Varma

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Jul, 2014

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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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Jun, 2014

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4

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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Oct, 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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Feb, 2014

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good read

the book is predictable but still a good read. the short stories included in book and their interpretation actual helped to understand the importance of each story
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Chetan Samdadiya

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Jan, 2014

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