ISBN 9780143425250,Mithak : Hindu Akhyanon ko samajhne ka prayas

Mithak : Hindu Akhyanon ko samajhne ka prayas


Penguin Books



Penguin Books

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9780143425250

ISBN-10 0143425250


Edition 1st
Number of Pages 208 Pages
Language (English)

Comic book & cartoon art

A decoding of Hindu mythology. Hindus have one God. They also have 330 million gods - male gods, female gods, personal gods, family gods, household gods, village gods, gods of space and time, gods for specific castes and particular professions, gods who reside in trees, in animals, in minerals, in geometrical patterns and in man-made objects. Then there are a whole host of demons. But no Devil. In this groundbreaking book Dr Devdutt Pattanaik, one of India's most popular mythologists, seeks an answer to these apparent paradoxes and unravels an inherited truth about life and death, nature and culture, perfection and possibility. He retells sacred Hindu stories and decodes Hindu symbols and rituals, using a unique style of commentary, illustrations and diagrams. We discover why the villainous Kauravas went to heaven and the virtuous Pandavas (All except Yudhishtira) were sent to hell, why Rama despite abandoning the innocent Sita remains the model king, why the blood-drinking Kali is another form of the milk-giving Gauri and why Shiva wrenched off the fifth head of Brahma. Constructed over generations, Hindu myths serve as windows to the soul and provide an understanding of the world around us. The aim is not to outgrow myth, but to be enriched and empowered by its ancient, potent and still relevant language.

About the Author

Dr Devdutt Pattanaik studied medicine but decided he loves telling stories better. He feels stories are like Eclair sweets, if you chew long enough, you get a burst of the chocolate that is locked inside. So rather than working as a doctor, he decided to write and tell ancient Indian stories and reveal the idea-chocolate within them. He believes these stories are the gifts of our ancestors. He has been doing this for a long time and even uses the wisdom of these stories to help businesses.