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Review of ‘Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata’ by Devdutt Pattanaik.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

By- Devdutt Pattanaik

Publisher- Penguin

Genere- Mythology

My rating- 4.9/5


‘Within infinite myths lies an eternal truth

Who sees it all?

Varuna has but a thousand eyes

Indra, a hundred

You and I, Only two.’

-Devdutt Pattanaik


‘Mahabharat is a story of bravery, treachery, sacrifice, wisdom, skill, knowledge, responsibility, politics and diplomacy. It is the story which has lived in the heart of not only Indians but people from all over the world for thousands of years. The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most researched books by the scientists from all over the world, which is also a part of the Mahabharata. This story does not only entertains you but also teaches you many things about the various aspects of life. The story is full of treachery and many other evil things but yet it is so famous. The question is WHY?

I think that good and evil are the two faces of a coin. Without one, the coin cannot exist. While Ramayana teaches you to how to be good, Mahabharata teaches you to how to fight with evil from every aspect- treachery, politics, diplomacy, violence, etc. It is like a guide for the fight of good against evil. That is why it is also known as the ‘Holy War‘.

Mahabharata is also a book with deep secrets which are being researched for many years.

Overall, it is a story which must be read once. And I think that this version is the best to start with.’


A beautiful book by Devdutt Pattnaik- the master of mythology. The book is well written and is amazing. Devdutt Pattanaik has written a super simplified and very entertaining version of the Great Book ‘Mahabharata’.


Mahabharata is not only a holy book of Hindus but has proved to be more than a holy scripture. Mahabharata is the most told story in not only India but in the whole world. Every person has his own version of the Mahabharata, including his own little detail. This addition of little details has led to the formation of thousand various versions of Mahabharata. The oldest existing and the most-believed version is the Mahabharata written by Ved Vyas. Every version tells us something very useful. There is also a variation in the belief of Mahabharata on the basis of Regions. Like Terukkuttu is famous in Tamil Nadu.

So now the question is,

‘Which Mahabharat to believe?’

Devdutt Pattanaik has come with a nice solution to this question. He has blended useful parts from more than 10 Mahabharats to produce a single book which has the best parts for every single incident believed to occur in Mahabharata.

The book reveals many secrets about the characters as well as the incidents which took place in the Mahabharata. The illustrations are beautiful and a nice guide while reading the story. The story is short as compared to the Ved Vyas Mahabharata. But it is highly useful and full of knowledge. It is written in simple language which can be understood by all.

The best part of this book is that it contains notes after every chapter containing facts, detail of the occurrences of various incidents in various versions of Mahabharata, character details, historical details and many more things.



The additional bonus is that you will find arguments about the doings of various characters of the Mahabharata in various chapters. It explores the reason behind the doing of these characters or incidents.

Overall it is a must read book and the best version, if you want to read the Mahabharata.

It is available in-



Marathi –



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