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August 20, 2015

Aug 19, 15
Read from May 21 to August 18, 2015
I don’t give 5 Stars easily but this book has earned it. Paromita has written an incredible novel that tosses you from happiness to sadness in one paragraph. Rich, emotional, human, and absolutely never ever boring!

I’ve no quarter for poor use of English in books I read. Yet, I felt that the way this book was written added a certain richness. Very little would I change, because it immerses me deeper into a culturally rich text that exposes you to the traditions, religious differences, difficulties and so much more of the people of India. It’s written as if I were sitting with a friend who was retelling to me a story. That I love!

I’m told that future editions will have some definition footnotes, and those I desperately wanted to save me from having to google traditional terms.

If you want a book that will whisk you away to a foreign land, to read as if it were happening to you. A book from a genuine experience. To love and to weep. This is it. Not an inch of this book was wasted with filler. 100% genuine purposeful beauty.

I truly look forward to future texts by Paromita


Name of the Book: SHIKHANDI AND OTHER STORIES THEY DON’T TELL YOU
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

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3. Sukanto

The Story:

Patriarchy establishes men as superior to women.
Feminism views women and men as equal.
Queerness questions what constitutes male and female.
Queerness isn’t only modern, Western or sexual, says mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik. Take a close look at the vast written and oral traditions in Hinduism, some over two thousand years old, and you will find many overlooked tales, such as those of Shikhandi, who became a man to satisfy her wife; Mahadeva, who became a woman to deliver his devotee’s child; Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husband; Samavan, who became the wife of his male friend; and many more . . .
Playful and touching—and sometimes disturbing—these stories, when compared with their Mesopotamian, Greek, Chinese and Biblical counterparts, reveal the unique Indian way of making sense of queerness.
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About The Author 

 

Devdutt Pattanaik 
 
Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (born December 11, 1970) is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management. He has written a number of books related to Hindu mythology, including Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, a novel, The Pregnant King, and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (2010).He is the Chief Belief Officer of Future Group, one of India’s largest retailers, bringing the wisdom of Indian mythology into Indian business, especifically in human resource management. He also writes a column for the newspaper MID DAY.

He has also written a novel based on a tale from the Mahabharata titled ‘The Pregnant King’ published by Penguin Books India.

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