Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mithya by Devdutt Pattanaik

ISBN: 0143099701
First Published: 2006
Pages: 206
Genre: Mythology

Synopsis: Devdutt Pattanaik, a renowned mythologist, digs deep into the rich symbolism of hindu mythology. Gives a new dimension to our belief system and growing up stories.

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.

Nightflier speaks:
Listening to/reading stories from the hindu mythology was a huge part of my growing up years. Whenever my grandmother used to visit us, she would tell bed time stories from the mahabharat, ramayan. So reading Devdutt Pattanaik' mithya was like being transported to childhood. But there was a catch. The deeper hidden philosophy behind the stories and legends.

And what an interesting read. Being a mythological fiction fan, getting my basics cleared felt good. Not only that, its really really interesting to read how our civilizations have progressed and our beliefs have been formatted so that we distinguish between culture and nature and respect both equally. 

Nevertheless just relishing the stories of Pandavas, krishna, ram-rajya, shiva felt refreshing. Though one problem I have is why doesn't the author go real deep into symbolism and instead keeps it superficial. And may be my answer lies here - mass targeting.

If you are interested in comparative mythology, then this should be a part of your repertoire.

Rating: 3.5/5

Price: 255 (crossword)Penguin India publishers


  1. okay am staying away from this. Mythological stuff is so not for me :D

  2. I have long wanted to read this one .. soon I hope i can get a good second hand copy :)


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