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Shyam: An Illustrated Retelling of the Bhagavata

Written by: Devdutt Pattanaik
Narrated by: Rajiv Dadia
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: History, World
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In the forest of insecurities, is it possible to discover humanity through pleasure? Can we stop seeing each other as predator, prey, rival, or mate, and rediscover ourselves as lovers? Does the divine reside in sensual delight, in emotional intimacy and in aesthetic experience?

Yes, yes, yes. That is the promise of the Bhagavata. 

The Bhagavata is the story of Krishna, known as Shyam to those who find beauty, wisdom, and love in his dark complexion. It is the third great Hindu epic after the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. However, this narration was composed in fragments over thousands of years, first as the Harivamsa, then as the Bhagavata Purana, and finally as the passionate songs of poet-sages in various regional languages.

This book seamlessly weaves the story from Krishna's birth to his death, or rather from his descent to the butter-smeared world of happy women to his ascent from the blood-soaked world of angry men.

©2018 Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2019 Random House Audio
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know krishna in simple terms.

I'll say that at the beginning i thought this book is not worth of my time but slowly i started to enjoy this book. There was nothing which was not know to me in this book but I liked it as it refreshed my knowledge about lord krishna. if anyone wamts to know about krishna please read this book.

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Very bad narration

I have listed to other audio books including audiobooks by Devdutt, this by far comes as the worse narration of all, completely spoils the experience.

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Simply amazing ... Enjoyed it ... Thanks !!..

You have to listen to this one :) ... Really worth it...Good job !! :)

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thoroughly enjoyed the book. many thanks aut

loved the content, very nicely captured and Devdutt as always is extra ordinary. if given an opportunity would like to meet Mr. Pattanaik.