Devdutt Pattnaik

Hindu mythologies have always held an attraction for me. Whether you believe in them or not, there is a certain mystique in all the stories. From the original written and compiled accounts to more recent retellings and in-depth analysis of every myth, there are scores and scores of books to be read.

Among these are the books by Devdutt Pattnaik. He has written the mythologies in a very interesting way and has also compiled sub-plots from various regions of India for an in-depth reading and understanding of the books.

I have not read all his books but the ones I have read have been complete page turners. In his book, Sita, which is a retelling of the Ramayana, he talks about why after abducting Sita, Ravana didn’t forcibly take her to his palace but left her in Ashok Vatika. There are many anecdotes that will keep you turning the pages. I also enjoy the illustrations in these books because they add a fascinating effect to any book.

My favourite book so far is Shyam. Lord Krishna and his stories have always intrigued me and so when I found Shyam, I had to read it. And as I had anticipated, it did not let me down.

His books also bring about relevance to the modern times, creating a bridge between the ancient forms and modern ways. And even if you do not believe in mythologies, you can read his books for general entertainment because they are indeed interesting.

This post is a part of #BlogchatterAtoZ 2023

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