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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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    • 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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    • Weight
      • 272 g
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    5

    Definately a MUST READ

    The Pregnant King..one of the most wonderfully written book i have come across in the recent time. The story is gripping, as Dr Pattanaik takes us through the stories from Mahabharata. Our mind explores on ideas of right and wrong on the gender bias that exists in the society. Excellent book to read, recommend to every readers out there.
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    Bidisha Sen-Desai

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    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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    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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    Sachin%20nilesh shirke%20

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    22 Aug, 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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    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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    B Choudhury

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    30 Jan, 2014

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    good book but too lengthy

    The writing style is good but the story is too long and could have been kept to a mere 200 pages. It gets a bit boring in between and you would be glad that the book finally ends.
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    Meetu

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    14 Jan, 2014

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    reallly very nice book intersting

    the way of presenting mythology is really diff & very pleasant to read if one is interested about Indian mythology
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    Chandrima BANERJEE

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    26 Dec, 2013

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    If you are a mythology fan... You cannot ignore this one

    This is a brilliant book... talkin about a story of a certain king in parallel to the happenings of mahabharata.... Couldnt keep it down... amazing description.... Makes you realise how vast our hindu mythology is... Just brilliant
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    Sooraj Mukundan

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    5 Dec, 2013

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    The Pregnant King - a must read

    What is truth and what is not? What is good and what is evil? What is correct and what is incorrect? I have read a lot of books that deal with the above questions. But, this fantastic novel puts forth a different question. Who is man and who is woman? Who is mother and who is father? Does this matter at all?

    A different, unique and intriguing story based on Mahabharata. Like Mahabharata, this book is also not merely a single story - it's collection of many similar stories interwoven with eac...
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    Krishnakumar TK

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    29 Nov, 2013

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