Thursday, September 9, 2010

Negotiate between Mahabharata, management and fiction

Mythlogy to leadership, the weekend bookshelf offers variety and adventure.

1. Book: 'Jaya: The Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata'; Written by Devdutt Pattanaik; Published by Penguin Books India; Priced at Rs.499

In this enthralling retelling of India's greatest epic, the Mahabharata, originally known as 'Jaya', the writer seamlessly weaves into single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, inluding the Pandavani of Chhattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Tenukuttu of Tamil Nadu and Yakshagana of Karnataka.

Richly illustrated with over 250 line drawings by the author, the 108 chapters abound with little known details such as the names of 100 Kauravas, the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu, the stories of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan and Barbareek.

Full report here Sify

The book includes the lore of Shakauntalam as narrated in the Mahabharata - to throw insight into the disturbing and complex human condition 3,000 years ago that contoured the course of human history.

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