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Ramayana Versus Mahabharata: My Playful Comparison by [Devdutt Pattanaik]
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Devdutt Pattanaik writes, illustrates and lectures on relevance of mythology in modern times. He has, since 1996, written over 30 books and 600 columns on how stories, symbols and rituals construct the subjective truth (myths) of ancient and modern cultures around the world. His books include My Gita and Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management. He consults corporations on leadership and governance and TV channels on mythological serials. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok on Epic TV. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • Publisher : Rupa Publications (24 November 2018)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 4227 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 192 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ramayana Versus Mahabharata – A Book Review
By Amazon Customer Abhishek on 17 March 2019
Two greatest Indian epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata are influencing everyone’s life since pre-historic era.

Famous author and doctor in medicine Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik has brought these greatest epics under one roof in his newly launched book – Ramayana Versus Mahabharata: My Playful Comparison.
We often compare similarities and dissimilarities among these epics and author has brilliantly done the same in an effective way.

The book is strategically categorized into 56 chapters on the basis of the concept of “CHAPPAN BHOG” or the 56 delicacies served to the God.

In this well-classified structure you will read similar building blocks, identical structure and similar theme from Ramayana and Mahabharata such as childless kings, dispute over inheritance leading force exile, and struggle rise above the beast within and forest outside, respectively.

Devdutt intelligently compared various major and minor characters and situations from Ramayana and Mahabharata.
One of my favorite comparisons is in between Lord Rama and Ganga Putra Bheeshma.

I can understand, you would have never thought that there could be any similarities between these two?? But that’s the magic of Devdutt, he excellently explained how both Ram and Bheeshma sacrificed their happiness for their fathers. One for the sake of Raghukul, while other to satisfy his father’s lust.

Book has also covered the Buddhist and Jainism re-telling of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is enlightening to read about these epics from different traditions.
What I actually missed from this book is the beautiful signature illustrations by Devdutt, though each chapter has a small illustration put along with the chapter’s heading.

This book will be a quick and delightful reading for you
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5.0 out of 5 stars A weekend read
By Nancy on 8 March 2020
Here is what I feel about this book as a lot of you asked me for it.
Ramayana versus Mahabharata - My Playful Comparison is not very comprehensive but will indeed bestow you a different outlook towards both of the old- age tales. Devdutt Patnaik has addressed the two significant plays of Indian folklore from the contemporary viewpoint. A winning attempt to illustrate how our actions emerge from the spirit of Ram and Krishna's. It does provide a unique angle to what our predecessors explained to us about the qualities of different characters. For example how Draupadi and Sita kept from being a sufferer of patriarchal society, how transgender and queer were a part of civilization, how sexual preferences and appetite are fundamental and raw. After reading this you will be expedited to read in-depth stories of the two chief powers.
Additionally, it does give you a brief introduction to how Jainism and Buddhism got detached from Hinduism and the expedition of dharma across various parts of the globe. The comparison may sound redundant at points but it makes sense when you connect the dots.

Overall I found the book precise and appropriate. You won't regret a weekend with the book.
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