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Jaya: A Retelling of the Mahabharata

Written by: Devdutt Pattanaik
Narrated by: Sumit Kaul
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Jaya: A Retelling of the Mahabharata has the whole epic, which was originally known as Jaya, condensed into a tiny capsule in this book. Other than retelling the interesting parts of the Mahabharata, what makes this book a favourite among audiences is Pattanaik's rendering of the various local folklores and tales that are associated with the epic, which have been presented in a whole new genre. With a master stroke, the author has elaborated the storyline by including lesser-known folklore stories of the epic, while keeping intact its original form and style. 

The book has been divided into 108 chapters. Stories of Barbareek, Aravan, Astika, Madhavi, and Jaimini form a special portion of this book. Other than this, Pattanaik has also introduced some intriguing ongoing traditions, like the worship of Draupadi in temples of Tamil Nadu. 

Along with this, a whole section has been devoted to the Kurukshetra war described on the basis of descriptive astronomical information. By infusing these interesting details along with the various local versions of the epic, the author has attempted to create a pan-Indian version of the epic that has, since times immemorial, helped in shaping the culture and history of the whole country. 

Published by Penguin, this book may be a great choice for those intrigued to know about the religious and cultural intricacies of the country as well as those who are hearing the epic for the first time. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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An epic tale narrated well by audible

Loved every portion of the story. The author has done immense research to keep it pragmatic for the readers and listeners.

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Great Research, Better Detailing

The book was no doubt a gem. one could go back numerous times to refer to the mini stories within the saga that makes it so relevant and in context. However the narration could have been better with the Hindi names and un-pronounciation of 'a' that is added at the end of most name. I heard it at 1.15x speed, else it was seemingly too slow. Enjoyed, and will surely refer back time and again.