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Review of ‘The Boys Who Fought’ by Devdutt Pattanaik

Book Name- The Boys Who Fought

Author- Devdutt Pattanaik

Publisher- Puffin India

MRP- Rs. 199

Pages- 130

Format- Paperback

Genre- Mythology, Children

ISBN- 978-0143441618

Release Date-  15th September  2017

My Rating- 5/5


‘When you can fight for the meek without hating the mighty, you follow dharma.’
In the forest, the mighty eat the meek. In human society, the mighty should take care of the meek. This is dharma. A hundred princes should look after their five orphaned cousins. Instead, they burnt their house, abused their wife and stole their kingdom. The five fought back, not for revenge but, for dharma. What came of the hundred’s fight against the five?
India’s favourite mythologist brings to you this charmingly illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata that is sure to illuminate and enthral a new generation of readers.


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 a 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.

This version is perfect for Children.

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 quite 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.

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

Details About The Author-

Devdutt Pattanaik writes, illustrates and lectures on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He has, since 1996, written over thirty books and 700 columns.

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