Narration/Writing style: 4/5
Reading level- Intermediate to Advanced
“is not about making the world a peaceful place; it is about us being at peace with the world.”
The intricacies of one of the revolutionary epics of India in Hinduism, JAYA, is an illustrated re-telling of Mahabharat, through the ink of @Devdutt Pattnaik. Narrating the struggle of two sets of cousins, over Dharma(righteousness). While the blood of the same clan runs in them, life takes them to two entirely different roads. One of Adharma(injustice) and one of Dharma.
Mahabharat is a tale of a family splitting, fighting, and finally in a war against each other, in the name of power for one, and justice for one.
If you have grown up in a Hindu family, there is a 100% probability that you would have heard about this story once in your life, if not more. And, like any other tale, this epic has its own re-telling in different states and beliefs. But what stays as a common ground is the fight for what is right!
JAYA is yet another attempt of explaining the depths of this war. But what I liked about this particular piece of art was the narration and the minor details it touched upon. From the names of 100 Kauravas to the significance of Draupadi being worshipped as a Goddess in Tamil Nadu, these details get you close to the tale than ever.
At least for me, these little-known details played an important role in connecting with history.
“When a man praises himself, it is intellectual suicide.”
Overall, this book is a must for every mythos-lover. The reading level is for advanced readers. But someone from the Intermediate level can also give it a try. The vocabulary could be a little intimidating but once you get the hang of it, you’ll actually love the way it is narrated. Definitely a recommendation.
Publication: Penguin Random House