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The Legends of Jaya, Sita and Shyam
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The Legends of Jaya, Sita and Shyam

by Devdutt Pattanaik
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Synopsis An enthralling retelling of India's greatest epic, the Mahabharata, Jaya seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants. With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata and the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over 3000 years. Sita approaches Ram and the Ramayana by speculating on the titular character: her childhood with her father, Janaka, who hosted sages mentioned in the Upanishads; her stay in the forest with her husband, who had to be a celibate ascetic while she was in the prime of her youth; her interactions with the women of Lanka, recipes she exchanged, the emotions they shared; her role as a goddess, the untamed Kali as well as the demure Gauri, in transforming the stoic prince of Ayodhya into God. The Bhagavata is the story of Krishna, known as Shyam to those who find beauty, wisdom and love in his dark complexion. Shyam tells the story of Krishna's birth and his death, bringing together the fragments of this great epic composed over thousands of years, first as the Harivamsa, then as the Bhagavata Purana, and finally as the passionate songs of poet-sages in various regional languages.

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Binding: Flexi Bound/Box Set
About the author Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times, especially in areas of management, governance and leadership. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries before he focused on his passion full time. He is author of 41 books and over 1000 columns, with bestsellers such as My Gita, Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra and the 7 Secret Series. He was a speaker at TEDIndia 2009 and spoke on Myths that Mystify, East versus West. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok on Epic TV. He consults organisations on culture, diversity and leadership and also consults various television channels and filmmakers on storytelling. Books by Devdutt Pattanaik: RAMAYANA VERSUS MAHABHARATA: My Playful Comparison (Hindi), MY GITA, Bharat Mein Devi ,Devi Ke Saat Rahasya, Shikhandi, Bhartiya Pauranik Kathaein, Vishnu Ke Saat Rahasya, Shiv Ke Saat Rahasya, Pashu , Myth = Mithya (Marathi), The Legends of Jaya, Sita and Shyam, Wisdom of the Gods for You and Me, Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik, Faith: 40 Insights into Hinduism, Devlok 3 (Hindi), Indian Mythology, Ramayana Versus Mahabharata, MERI HANUMAN CHALISA, , Shyam, , Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik 3 , I Am Divine So Are You, MERI GITA, Culture: 50 Insights from Mythology, Leader, Sita Ke Paanch Nirnay, Shiv Se Shankar Tak, The Talent Sutra: An Indian Approach To Learning, SUCCESS SUTRA AN INDIAN APPROACH TO WEAL, THE LEADERSHIP SUTRA, BUSINESS SUTRA , DEVDUTT PATTANAIK COLLECTORS EDITION(7 SECRETS OF SHIVA/7 SECRETS OF THE GODDESS/7 SECRETS OF VISHNU, 7 SECRETS OF THE GODDESS, SEVEN SECRETS OF THE VISHNU, MY HANUMAN CHALISA, SEVEN SECRETS OF THE VISHNU, SEVEN SECRETS OF SHIVA, 7 SECRETS FROM HINDU CALENDAR ART, Jaya, , Sita, , Fun in Devlok , Myth = Mithya, The Book of Ram, The Pregnant King, Pashu, Shikhandi, Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik, The Girl Who Chose: A New Way of Narrating the Ramayana, Indra Finds Happiness, Shiva Plays Dumb Charades, Saraswati's Secret River, Kama vs Yama, Gauri and the Talking Cow, An Identity Card for Krishna, 99 Thoughts on Ganesha, 99 Thoughts on Ganesha (Marathi), Devi Devtaon Ke Rahasya
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Pages: 1020
  • Binding: Flexi Bound/Box Set
  • ISBN: 9780143448808
  • Category: Mythology
  • Related Category: Mythology
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