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Jaya: A Retelling of the Mahabharata | [Devdutt Pattanaik]

Jaya: A Retelling of the Mahabharata

In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic - the Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya - Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka.
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Publisher's Summary

High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God.

The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose names mean "victory". 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. In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic - the Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya - Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka.

The 108 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, Jaimini, Aravan, and Barbareek; the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana; and the dating of the war based on astronomical data. With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this audiobook reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over 3,000 years.

©2010 Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2011 Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik / booksTALK audiobooks

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    gautthamm 04-09-14
    gautthamm 04-09-14
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    "Just what was needed"
    What made the experience of listening to Jaya the most enjoyable?

    the story, the history, the authors explanation of the customs.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    we cant finish this in one sitting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous santa rosa, CA, United States 02-10-14
    Anonymous santa rosa, CA, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Mahabharata in a day !"
    Would you listen to Jaya again? Why?

    I really enjoyed it and understood for the first time in my life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Capturing. May be I found it very interesting as I could correlate well with lots of names, customs described, locations, fictions versus reality and explanation of vedas.


    What does Devdutt Pattanaik and Dramanon Theater bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It certainly will be a very flat and boring book to read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Mahabharat Simplified or Live through Mahabharat

    I am not sure. I am not a writer. I just enjoy listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    erik VERO BEACH, FL, United States 09-08-13
    erik VERO BEACH, FL, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Jaya the most enjoyable?

    Condensed version that it is of the Mahabharata, the company that does the production of this does a very good job. It all feels very animated and brings it to life.


    What other book might you compare Jaya to and why?

    A great companion book would be Krishna Krishna by Indra Parthasarathy which is available on audible. Using the platform of the Mahabharata it really brings the person who Krishna is to life as well as giving some great commentary on the Mahabharata.


    Which character – as performed by Devdutt Pattanaik and Dramanon Theater – was your favorite?

    While all the characters are brought to life, Draupadi and Krishna were my personal favorites.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending provoked tears of joy at the conclusion... Jaya! - Spiritual victory


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JK IA, USA 03-22-13
    JK IA, USA 03-22-13
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    "Great Read"
    If you could sum up Jaya in three words, what would they be?

    In three words, this is a great read for folks who cannot understand Indian languages. This works even better for people of subcontinental origin who has already has rough idea of the story but has no clue about various chapters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jaya?

    I was amazed to know various stories which i have never heard of before. One example is the kaurava brothers awaiting Yudhistara in paradise!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Song of God, The entire chapter came out wonderful


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life of human beings


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lane D. Callahan 12-21-12
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    "Enjoyably In Depth"
    What did you love best about Jaya?

    I purchased the audible version of this book because it was inexpensive. I have been thoroughly entertained and enlightened by this version of the Mahabharata. Is is the full Mahabharata? No, but Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik has selected certain stories from the whole that highlight the family relationships and the historical decisions that led to the war. The book reading was a bit fast for my western ears so I turned it to 1/2 speed and it was very enjoyable.
    I was also impressed by the many references to individual folk stories and plays from the different regions where the Mahabharata has traveled.

    If you are new to the Mahabharata, I would recommend this version to get started to learn the overall main theme of the epic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Stroudsburg, PA, United States 12-03-12
    James Stroudsburg, PA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It's inspirational!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Krishna, because he is a butter thief.


    What about Devdutt Pattanaik and Dramanon Theater ’s performance did you like?

    That they did an explanation of the text with every chapter.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Victory!


    Any additional comments?

    A great telling of a classic predating the bible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Munaza Blackfoot, ID, United States 09-17-12
    Munaza Blackfoot, ID, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic"
    Where does Jaya rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite high


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jaya?

    When the queen is protecting the cut up bodies of her sons on the battle field and is told by Krishna to go home but she stays and is suddenly driven crazy by the smell of a mangoe and unknowingly stacks the heads of her sons to climb them and get the mangoe and when she is finished she realizes the horror of what her need to eat a mangoe has driven her to do.


    What does Devdutt Pattanaik and Dramanon Theater bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Multiple layers and keeps the story away from becoming monotonous.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Well I want to learn from books like this and I always listen to it again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is for people that like learning but also want to be intrigued and moved.I am a history fan so for me books like this are food for my brain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Beliveau 10-04-14
    D. Beliveau 10-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I was expecting"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who has no knowledge or exposure of the Mahabharata.


    What was most disappointing about Devdutt Pattanaik’s story?

    it retold the story in parts and then explained what it meant.


    What three words best describe Devdutt Pattanaik and Dramanon Theater ’s performance?

    Interesting
    Preachy


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance, disappointment & finally exasperation.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really expecting the narrative of the Mahabharata. This was not it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brajesh Lake Leelanau, mi, United States 05-06-13
    brajesh Lake Leelanau, mi, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor speech quality with very thick Indian accent."

    I will not like to listen to this book again because the reader does not do justice with the extraordinary story of Mahabharat. The reader has really annoying Indian accent.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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