Shelves: fantasy While I know a bit about Greek and Roman Mythologies, being the most popular, I knew next to nothing about Hindu Mythology, neither their gods nor their epics. So this book was both entertaining to read and an overwhelmingly horizon-broadening experience. If I were to compare the complexity of Greek and Hindu morality, the Hindu would win every time. This book has sorely exposed how ignorant I have been until now, but at least I can try to learn and find out more.

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High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God. 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. The whole Mahabharata is presented systematically in 18 sections and 9chapters, restructured to facilitate easy reading and comprehension of his grand and complex meditation of the human condition.

The stories are embellished with line illustrations; the style is unique, a break from standard visual formats Amar Chitra Katha or DC comics. It includes tales not just from the classical Sanskrit but also from regional and folk variants from across India and even South East Asia.

The story of Krishna is part of the great epic, from his birth to his death;even his song, the Bhagavad Gita, is retold in simple prose.

Every chapter has comments that draws attention to variations of the story, the intention of the story, the rituals and customs that may have emerged from the story and practiced even today. It explains why the epic is part of the grand Vedic cosmos and how it cannot be understood without appreciating Ramayana, Vishnu Purana, Shiva Purana and Devi Purana.

This book has an ending that has never ever been told in any retelling of the Mahabharata. This ending is the reason the book was originally called Jaya by Vyasa. You can Order books across India. All in all, the book leaves you with a question or an answer about dharma. A must read! Devdutt has a knack for mythology and Hindu Scriptures, and he has done his research brilliantly-which one can see when he reads his book, The best part of this book is although Devdutt has kept the very essence of Mahabharata the same, but has played around in the outskirts with all the stories and fun-facts very cleverly.

A five star and a must read!


Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharta



Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata


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