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My Hanuman Chalisa

Written by: Devdutt Pattnaik
Narrated by: Kaushik Ramachandran
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
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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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Hanuman chalisa

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

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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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A lovely rendition by Devdutt Pattnaik

Fabulous work by Devdutt Puttnaik. He succinctly describes each verse of the Hanuman Chalisa and adds much heft to the reader's understanding via numerous examples from ancient Hindu texts and oral traditions, interspered with beautiful descriptions of the Indian society of the days. A must read/listen for anyone interested in Hindu/Indian thought, traditions and narratives.

The narrator is pretty good in general, except when he has to pronounce Sanskrit words. To be honest his Sanskrit diction leaves a lot to be desired. Two quote two simple examples, he pronounces Saamaveda as Samaaveda; Dwaapara Yuga as Dwapaaraa Yuga, and many more. To all young people not very well versed with Sanskrit or Tatsam pronunciation, this would sound normal and they would learn this as correct. Audible and the publishers need to take cognisance of this. Thank you.

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Awesome

I have grown up listings to Hanuman Chalis and now to know the meaning of it feels very nice!!!!

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lucid story

profound meaning.
easy explanation.
enjoyed thoroughly.
will listen once more at least.
illuminate a lot

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Excellent Book, narration not good enough.

For a long time I wanted to understand the detailed meaning of the Hanuman Chalisa, I searched the Internet and found some description of the Chalisa on Wikipedia which was a simple translation.

This book explains in deep about the mythology, around every verse of the Chalisa. I’ve Read a few chapters and found them to be interesting.

Yesterday I came across the audiobook for this. Excitedly I purchased it. After listening to it for a few mInutes, I started to realise that the narrator was simply reading the book without any practice and a lot of Words pronounced incorrectly.

The first disappointment was in the name, Narrator reads it as Devdoot in place of Devdutt. Anyways I kept listening for a few more minutes and then decided not to go any further.

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it's Hanuman Chalisa

Afterall it's Hanuman Chalisa I might not have read it before but still most of it was familiar with me. Jai Hanuman.

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a good narration

a good narration that explains the relevance of Hanuman chalisa and it's impact. Recommended for everyone