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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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Informative Book

This book is very informative, It gives you a completely different look on the word "Dharma". This book gives you the idea of why and how things actually happened in these epic tales, What conspired later on and How gods like Lord Krishna, Lord Rama were right and divine yet helpless against petty human feelings laws and feelings.

This book is a must read but some things are really dragged that's why I gave it 4 stars.

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Enlightening

Another neat presentation by patnaik. It was life changing and my view of rxistence will be different now.

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perspective

huge package of foods for thought. will listen to it again soon. thank you so much audible and Devdutt sir.

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No audio!!!!

Not able to hear anything when I play this audiobook. Please help to fix the issue.

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Nicely narrated !!

This is a very nicely put audible and I like each and every part of this narrative. I am also an ardent fan of Devdutt and his narratives !!

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Very good book. A lot of research has been done.

A lot of research has been done to find out more about the two epics.

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Interesting idea, sadly lacks coherence

Being someone who's interested in Indian mythology, I found the title to be enticing. There are bits which stick. For example, the explanation of Krishna siding with Indra's son in Mahabharata to balance out siding with surya's son in Ramayana is interesting. Sadly, these are few and far in between. there seems to no clear cohesiveness in the story telling. instead the author chooses to focus on different aspects and compares the two epics.
the actual reading was clear and easy to understand and with the right amount of energy in it. so full marks in that aspect.

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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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  • S_Kam
  • 16-04-21

a deep comparison

The subtitle says " playful comparison" of Ramayan and Mahabharata. Actually the book is anything but. It goes into lots of details. The author explains many ideas from Hindu religion lucidly. Overall a nice listen. Thanks

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  • anujafeem
  • 05-04-20

Very interesting

Good summary of the epics and some insightful thinking. Easy read(hear) and good lessons as well.