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My Hanuman Chalisa

Written by: Devdutt Pattnaik
Narrated by: Kaushik Ramachandran
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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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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Hanuman chalisa

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

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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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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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Disappointed

Narrative performance that made it very difficult to finish. Devdutt Patnaiks writing too was sub-par and he tried to connect too many dots, while rendering the gist of the poem in many places.

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Must Listen for Everyone

I loved this book and the explanation of the Hanuman Chalisa by the author. Narrator is also really good. I really loved the way each stanza was explained. Amazing work by author and cherry on top by the narrator.

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Simplistically beautiful

For any Hindu, Hanuman Chalisa is a very divine and venerated poetry. He/she is taught its rendition right from the days of his childhood. Many Hindus feel that recitation of Hanuman Chalisa creates miracles. With this background, when one sees an audio-commentary on these great lines, the attraction is instantaneous. Devdutt Pattnaik has done a great job in expressing a simplistic but very nicely penned work. Pattnaik is a very well-known mythologist who is famous for giving a very simple and at times new insights into Hindu mythology. He has done exactly the same so well here. His interlacing his perspective on Hanuman Chalisa with the information about Shri Hanumanji as interpreted in distant countries like Indonesia and similar far off lands is very attractive. Kaushik Ramachandran also did a fine job in his performance of the audiobook. I feel very fulfilled at the end of listening to this audiobook.

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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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Good Book to get the basics on Hanuman Chalisa

Simple book for quick concepts. but some deep philosophies were difficult to understand. narrative was flat and monotonous and could be improved.

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Avoid it

The book has no significant story whatsoever, not even a proper translation, most of it is written with random mythical praises. The book also lacks continuity.. Its just made to generate some cash. Sad to see something so highly rated on audible yet so mediocre. I regret spending 4 hours on it