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. The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose 7 reasons to buy Jaya: Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik. 1. I have read five renowned versions of Mahabharata (marked as authentic by experts). I have also read Devdutt Pattanaik’s book “Jaya – An Illustrated Retelling of.

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Nothing elaborate, but beautiful in their simplicity, glowing in the confidence of the bold strokes. Women in this period had to bear a brunt of sex hospitality.

For those who do not know the story of the Mahabharata, this can be a good choice for a first book based on Mahabharata. I ordered the book in the morning and received it next afternoon.

Richly illustrated with over line drawings by the author, the 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, Jamini, Aravan and Barnareek, the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntaiam and the Ramayana, and the dating of the war based on astronomical data.

Ved Vyasa’s Mahabharata is also divided into 18 parvas but there is no one-to-one correspondence between the divisions made by Vyasa and Pattanaik. Why does chaos reign in a society built with laws.

The author quotes Indian psychoanalysts of the Freudian school to suggest that Indian men possibly suffer from the ‘Yayati complex’ rather than the ‘Oedipus complex’. So go ahead and jayz your copy In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is please for only as long as you deserve. Hte is the price one has to pay for their actions.


Magabharata little notes that Devdutt has added gives us a perspective to how the story influenced as well as got influenced by people of various times. After going through this book,I felt complete disappointment as there is no positive take away from this book. Am not a fan of Pattanaik’s tone, though I’ve liked the subject matter of his stories. In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is pleasure for only as long as you deserve. High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

Even non-Indians can get a good understanding of the epic through this book though the number of characters may simply overwhelm one and all. Mahabharata, if we look objectively and read its nuanced versions, is quite gory and violent, just like the world happens to be.

Share your thoughts with other customers. But this was a refreshing read. But such a large epic I wasn’t sure if I mahabharataa to boggle my head with so many names of Kings and queens and plots. He takes a more critical and objective look at the epic and speculates on the motives of the various players in the epic without being constrained by false religious devotion and dogma.

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Certified BuyerGuwahati. The Mahabharata, India’s greatest epic, is a huge, sweeping work and is the longest Sanskrit epic. High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Mahabharata is rightly called the Fifth Veda. Scholars, meanwhile, have continued to refine the canonical text, and new, presumably more authoritative, collections and translations continue to be published.


So the author chooses to call his book ‘Jaya – An illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata’ rather than simply ‘Mahabharata retold’ or some such While the good old days have become memories, exploring the contours of the celebrated mythological texts has changed and assumed a new outlook.

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He has written illusttrated lectured extensilvey on the nature of sacred stories, symbols and rituals and their relevance in modern times. If you are really looking for an authentic story of Mahabharata, I would strongly recommend Rajaji’s ‘Mahabharata’.

But what I noticed when I was midway in this book was that I was reading this non-stop. After working in the Healthcare industry for 14 years, he turned his attention to the wisdom and insights contained in the ancient Hindu texts. The year was Arunchandar Vasan 3 Nov, Mahabharata does in no way preach religion but it does speak about the authority of a supreme being over the world and its inhabitants. But, all such ideas are amhabharata presented by the author for he is more ready to give his own version than what the story wanted to say.