Ramayana versus Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik: Book Review

Title: Ramayana versus Mahabharata: My playful Comparison

Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Publishing Date: 24th November 2018

My Rating: 4 stars

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Notwithstanding how much one already knows both the prominent Indian epics-Ramayana and Mahabharata, it’s irresistible to realize further understanding of them. I’ve unfailingly enjoyed reading about ancient folklores and tales provided the work is thorough and fascinating.

Ramayana and Mahabharata are the two grand Indian epics which primarily varies on the basis of the principles it laid and secondarily because of the opposite personalities of the avatars of Lord Vishnu that were born. From the viewpoint of a layman, it’s absolutely unimagined on his part to ponder and compare the two histories.

In his latest book, Devdutt Pattanaik seeks comparisons between the two epics and attempts to discover similarities and dissimilarities on the basis of their retelling, war, narration, and wisdom. He put forth the key points of sameness where both speak of forest exile, vengeance stories, violence against women, reference to snake people, ambitious queens, family disputes and conflicts. The book also explores Greek, Jain, and Buddhist mythologies vis a vis these two epics.

‘Ramayana versus Mahabharata: My Playful Comparison’, is an impressive attempt of comparison between the two prominent epics. It’s beguiling to read how the author has stated the similarities and distinctions concerning both the epics. This book is surely entrancing and recommended for the ones who love reading this genre.



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