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Jaya Audiobook

Jaya: A Retelling of the Mahabharata

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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.

Please Note: The audio references accompanying material that is not included with this audiobook.

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

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    Truth Speaker Asheville, NC, United States 09-25-16
    Truth Speaker Asheville, NC, United States 09-25-16

    Truth Speaker

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    "My introduction to Mahabarata, glad it was this one"

    Contains abridgments and commentary which help contextualize this classic masterwork. Sound quality is poor at times, but that does not detract from this lengthy performance which serves as the moral and plot context for the Bhavagad Gita.
    Highly recommended

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    Reese 06-13-16
    Reese 06-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good synopsis"

    I say synopsis, but is a very detailed account of the story. The explanations of differences in regions was very nice. The actors helping with the story was very enjoyable.

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    M. Cooper Under A Palm Tree 02-24-16
    M. Cooper Under A Palm Tree 02-24-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great read"

    Glad to have found this. I used to hear references to this in the showAncient Aliens so I was excited to listen. Had a few moments were the book was confusing but the overall story was great!

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    Kundi 01-27-16
    Kundi 01-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful Retelling of the Mahabharata"
    What made the experience of listening to Jaya the most enjoyable?

    He didn't slant the story in favor of one side over the other he presented the facts for the mind to consider.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have a favorite character, however Karna is very interesting. He shows the result of so much wrong thinking dharama, masquerading as right thinking. Who is good in the story - no one. Every character represents some aspect of the listener. As for who is good - in this world there is only one who is good.


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

    The use of different readers and very interesting commentary. He tells the story and backstories and informs you of different versions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole story is moving, interestingly told and thought provoking.


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    Geeks 12-26-15
    Geeks 12-26-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Epic and very interesting anlaysis"
    What made the experience of listening to Jaya the most enjoyable?

    The complete story - retold in very modern way.


    What other book might you compare Jaya to and why?

    There is no other book that match with this story.


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

    Great analysis and research with quotes from various local variations


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

    The Great Epic :Mahabharatha


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    Manoj Sood Mumbai, India 07-24-15
    Manoj Sood Mumbai, India 07-24-15
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    "A Well Researched Novel Take on Mahabharata"
    What made the experience of listening to Jaya the most enjoyable?

    Most Indians have grown up listening to various stories from the Mahabharata. Not many, however, manage to read it as (i) there is a misconception that it is inauspicious to keep a copy of this epic in one's house and (ii) the lack of familiarity with Sanskrit and the sheer volume of the original work dissuades many from even attempting to read it.
    Devdutt Pattanaik's work concisely captures the key plots & sub-plots of Vyasa's epic in just under 12 hours of narration. Thanks to Jaya , I have managed to get to know about the original story in its entirety for the first time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Concise narration. The stories are skilfully interspersed with inner philosophical meanings without putting off the lay reader / listener.


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

    At the end of each chapter, the author reviews the key points & provides the context in terms of linkages to the Karmic cycle and the deeper meanings that Vyasa has tried to convey through his work. The author has also provided interesting information at every stage as to how the original Mahabharata story has undergone changes in the folklores of different regions of India as well as certain S.E. Asian countries.
    Quite gripping.


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

    Mahabharata - The Hidden Meanings


    Any additional comments?

    I completed the book over a few weeks by listening to it during my daily travelling time. I wouldn't have otherwise found time to read it.

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    Dhiren Dukhu 06-19-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating storytelling "

    Devdutt has done a brilliant research. His narration and simplicity in style makes the epic understandable to even non-Hindus who have no clue about Mahabharata.

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    drlamarca 05-29-15
    drlamarca 05-29-15 Member Since 2014

    Physician in Healthcare IT. Commuter. Listen to a lot of books. Recently introduced to Audible. I am hooked.

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    "Mahabharata retold"

    Great story. Great discussion. Loved historical context. The book could be longer. I can hear the stories over and over,

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    samir 04-17-15
    samir 04-17-15
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    "A very different take on the Mahabharat"

    Enjoyed the stories and commentaries provided after each section. I ended up ordering the book to look at the illustrations. Delivery is excellent with several voices for characters and commentaries.

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    Rahul Vartak Manchester, CT 04-12-15
    Rahul Vartak Manchester, CT 04-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Brilliantly written and narrated! Loved it!"

    Mahabharat is a very complex topic, but Dr Pattanaik makes it so interesting to read and even more to listen to, it's simply awesome. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

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