I used to watch Devlok on EPIC channel but due to its odd timing was never able to watch all the episodes & hence I was super excited seeing this on Amazon the other day & bought it right away.
Journey into the amazing world of Hindu mythology with Devdutt Pattanaik
• Why are most temples dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva or the goddess, but not to Brahma or Indra?
• How are an asura, rakshasa, yaksha and pishacha different from each other?
• Why did the Pandavas find themselves in naraka rather than swarga?
Over several months, EPIC Channel’s ground-breaking show Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik has enthralled countless viewers. Here, finally, is the book based on the first series of the ever-popular show, which will take you on a scintillating tour through the myriad stories, symbols and rituals that form the basis of Hindu culture.
Prepare to be surprised and thrilled as Devdutt narrates magical tales about larger-than-life figures—gods, goddesses, demi-gods and demons who you thought you knew well but didn’t. Learn about the intricacies of Hindu thought as he explains the origin and meaning of different creation myths and throws light on why we believe in a cyclical—not linear—concept of time.
This book is your perfect introduction to the endlessly fascinating world of Hindu mythology.
What I liked:
- The book is easy to understand & without getting into too many details or without giving lengthy passages the author manages to put forward a lot of information. The Q & A format of the book helps in this & hence there is never a boring moment.
- It provides a sneak peek into Hinduism & can be used even as an introduction to Hinduism sort of. The narration is basic enough that even someone who has no prior information about Hinduism, India, Vedic culture, etc will still be able to understand the book.
- I noticed that the book was pretty much a transcript of the show & hence anyone who has watched the show & bought this thinking there might be more details or extra information would be disappointed.
- The author manages to maintain neutrality while answering all questions. He doesn’t seem to be forcing his opinions on the readers which is a welcome change from religious fanatics who are always so cock sure about their theories & knowledge
What I did not like:
There is actually nothing to not like in this book, but all its positives are in a way its negatives too.
- The language of the book is too very simple & the author provides translations of many Hindi/ Sanskrit words. However due to shoddy formatting many a times it is confusing to understand if the usage is Hindi or English. e.g: I pronounced the word “tap” as that in English when it was in Hindi many a times 😛
- People who are well versed in Hinduism, Indian Mythology, Vedic religion, etc will not benefit much from reading this book. It is very very basic in terms of information provided & most of these stories & facts will be well known to people who read extensively on those subjects.
Overall it is a good book & a must read for anyone who is looking forward to a light reading in an intensive subject like Mythology. I enjoyed reading it & finished it off in a day.
A 3/5 for Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik.