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Ramayana Versus Mahabharata

My Playful Comparison
Written by: Devdutt Pattanaik
Narrated by: Surjan Singh
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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It is a popular belief that the Ramayana is idealistic while the Mahabharata is realistic. Yet these two epics have identical building blocks, identical themes, and identical history. 

In this groundbreaking book, Devdutt Pattanaik, India’s most popular mythologist, explores the similarities and dissimilarities between the two epics in a ‘playful analaysis’. Whether it is the family structure, forest exile, or war, the comparison between the two epics prove a startling point - the Mahabharata is in fact a reaction to the events in the Ramayana. Ideas in this book are distributed over 56 chapters. In temples ritual, Vishnu is offered eight different meals daily, different on all seven days of the week - 56 dishes in all. May each chapter serve as a mouthwatering offering to the Vishnu within you.

©2018 Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Brilliant

learn many things in this very interesting narration . Gained another and interesting perspective .

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Good

Good comparison,n, some part has been repeated but overall I interesting to listen. author has compared few local stories as well but some stories are totally new.

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Well Researched

I find Devdutt Pattnaik to be a very average writer in style and content. However in this book he has done a great research and gone at length to highlight the comparisons and contrasts between the two great epics. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook not that I came to know many new facets, but the known ones were joyfully presented in a different package.

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very interesting experience, slightly repetitive

really enjoyed the in-depth research , and easy accessibility , was a bit repetitive as based on a collection of essays, but a lot of food for thought with details from Indian philosophy