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My Hanuman Chalisa

Written by: Devdutt Pattnaik
Narrated by: Kaushik Ramachandran
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Publisher's Summary

Reflecting on one of Hinduism’s most popular prayers for positive energy

Acclaimed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik demystifies the Hanuman Chalisa for the contemporary listener. His unique approach makes the ancient hymn accessible. 

Every time we experience negativity in the world and within ourselves, every time we encounter jealousy, rage and frustration, manifesting as violation and violence, we hear or read the Hanuman Chalisa. Composed over 400 years ago by Tulsidas, its simple words in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi, and its simple metre musically and very potently evoke the mythology, history and mystery of Hanuman, the much-loved Hindu deity through whom Vedic wisdom reached the masses. As verse follows verse, our frightened, crumpled mind begins to expand with knowledge and insight, and our faith in humanity, both within and without, is restored.

©2017 Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Bad narration ruins it all

It seems the narrator has never read Hanuman Chalisa. It put me off immediately when he was in the second chapter and was reading the Chalisa. I am sure the Chalisa script, that was handed to him, was written in English and he probably can't read hindi properly.

Good that I didnt use my credits to buy this one and got a free version.

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Tedious and Useless

Devidutt should stop. I think he is making books out of chapters just for sales. Most of his newer stuff is either very shallow or just unnecessary details without any impact.

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Hanuman chalisa

Its pretty dull. Monotonous reading. Does not evoke bhakti or hold the attention. Maybe book is better.

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Pathetic pronouncition, killed the charm of avadhi verse

Could have used someone who had a better hindi. Performer has killed the charm of the chalisa

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Pathetic narration

A guy who can even announce mattha properly..calls it maatha. The poor narration really irritates.

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  • 17-11-20

Hanuman chalisa 360 degree!

It was mentioned about a PDF, but couldn't find. Routine chanting of Hanuman chalisa will surely be more involved and meaningful task now.
The pronounciation of non English parts could be corrected.
Excellent account of very popular verses! Compliments!

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Needed a better narrator

Very monotonous narration. I kept losing interest in the midst of a sentence. Starts of only with the wrong pronunciation of the author's name and follows up with a lot of other wrong pronunciations, not just of Hindi words but of names as well as of Sanskrit words also.
This needed a narrator who actually understood what this book is about instead of someone who just read it like a school textbook.

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Destruction of hanuman chalisa

The narrator has never read hanuman chalisa in his whole life. Probably cant read hindi properly. He misprounounces words. That may be because he is poor in the language used by the book. It is a shame and a disgrace. Kindly stay away

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amazing book

surreal, a wonderful book depiction the age old hymes which have been a source of inspiration, courage, passion and learning for a long time. Beautifully written and well researched.

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  • 17-12-21

Wonderful book marred by terrible narration

Dr Pattanaik, as in most of his books, reveals solid insights elevating the apparently commonplace Hanuman Chalisa into a portal of high Vedic learning. Sadly, the narrator is unbelievably amateurish in his reading. With a flat tone, weird accent and garbled pronunciations (he mispronounces literally every non-english word from the name of the Vedas to even the author's name!!), the narrator takes all the joy out of listening. Amazon #Audible should improve the quality of narrators being brought onboard for widely read authors like Devdutt Pattanaik.