Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

2020 no.24
“Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata” by Devdutt Pattanaik

“No lesson is permanent. Wisdom thus is always work in progress.”

I had bought this book way back in 2014 when I started learning Bharatanatyam for a year. But I didn’t read the book until now. I was reading the Bhagavad Gita, but I am confused why the loving Krishna in the dance I’ve learned(in which mainly he was a child or teenager) turned into someone on the battlefield. Therefore, I came back to this book for some more background information.

Luckily, this book fills up the gap I have in my mind. I am surprised that the author can make such an epic so easy to understand. It is a page-turner. I used to wonder how an epic about war have inspired so many people around the world. Now I know! All the struggles and lessons from them are so down to earth and relatable. The way how dharma and karma are interlaced with our experience on earth is sobering. “There was no hero or villain in the epic, just people struggling with life, responding to crises, making mistakes, repeating mistakes, in innocence or ignorance, while trying to make their lives meaningful and worthwhile.”

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