Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik writes, illustrates and lectures on relevance of mythology in modern times. He has since 1996, written over 30 books and 700 columns on how stories, symbols and rituals construct the subjective truth (myths) of ancient and modern cultures around the world. His books include: Myth=Mithya: Decoding Hindu Mythology, Book of Ram, Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana, 7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art, 7 Secrets of Vishnu, 7 Secrets of Shiva, 7 Secrets of the Goddess, Devlok series for children, Pashu: Animal Tales from Hindu Mythology, 99 Thoughts on Ganesha, Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management, Shikhandi: And Other Tales They Don’t Tell You, The Leadership Sutra: An Indian Approach to Power, The Success Sutra: An Indian Approach to Wealth, The Talent Sutra: An Indian Approach to Learning, My Gita and Hanuman Chalisa. To know more, visit devdutt.com.


My Hanuman Chalisa by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Mythology
Publisher (English): Rupa Publications
Publisher (Hindi): Rupa Publications (forthcoming)
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent and Hindi translation rights)

Reflecting on one of Hinduism’s most popular prayer for positive energy

Acclaimed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik demystifies the Hanuman Chalisa for the contemporary reader. His unique approach makes the ancient hymn accessible, combined as it is with his trademark illustrations.

Every time we experience negativity in the world and within ourselves, every time we encounter jealousy, rage, and frustration, manifesting as violation and violence, we hear, or read, the Hanuman Chalisa. Composed over four hundred years ago by Tulsidas, its simple words in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi, and its simple metre, musically and very potently evoke the mythology, history, and mystery of Hanuman, the much-loved Hindu deity, through whom Vedic wisdom reached the masses. As verse follows verse, our frightened, crumpled mind begins to expand with knowledge and insight, and our faith in humanity, both within and without, is restored.

Shiva to Shankara: Decoding the Phallic Symbol by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Contemporary Mythology
Publisher: Indus Source Books
Publisher (Hindi): Rajpal and Sons
Rights: European and Indian language rights available (excluding translation rights for Hindi)

Many modern scholars say Shiva’s linga is a phallic symbol. Most devotees disagree. Who is right? This book looks at the sexual metaphors associated with Shiva and uncovers the meaning beneath. In the process we discover how the symbol of Shiva is reflected in the story of Shiva’s marriage.

The question is: Why does the Goddess transform Shiva, the hermit, into Shankara, the householder? Is the story and symbol about divinity or about us? This book is the first of its kind to show the uncanny alignment between metaphysics, rituals, symbols and stories of Shiva.

Olympus: An Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Mythology
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

  • Olympus is the home of the Greek gods, much like Amravati of the Hindu devas.
  • Zeus, leader of the Olympians, wields a thunderbolt like Indra, and rides an eagle like Vishnu.
  • The feats of the Greek hero Heracles, known to Romans as Hercules, remind many of Krishna, as does his name, ‘Hari-kula-esha’ or lord of the Hari clan.
  • The Greek epic of a husband sailing across the sea to bring his wife, Helen, back from Troy is strikingly similar to the story of Ram rescuing Sita from Lanka.

Is there a connection between Greek and Hindu mythology then? Does it have something to do with a common Indo-European root? Or maybe an exchange of ideas in the centuries that followed the arrival of Alexander the Great, when Greek emissaries travelled to the kingdoms of Mathura and Magadha?

In this book, mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik turns his attention to ancient Greek tales, and explores a new world of stories. Long have Europeans and Americans retold Indic mythologies. It is time for Indians to reverse the gaze.

Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Management and Mythology
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Publisher (French): LSWR SWL (forthcoming)
Publisher (German): LSWR SWL (forthcoming)
Publisher (Hindi): Manjul Publishing House
Publisher (Italian): LSWR SWL
Publisher (Marathi): Popular Prakashan (forthcoming)
Publisher (Tamil): Sixthsense Publishing (forthcoming)
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent, translation rights for French, German, Hindi, Italian, Marathi, Tamil)

Modern notions of leadership taught in business schools are rooted in the Protestant work ethic, much admired in the US and implicitly based on the Biblical paradigm, where the CEO (the prophet) has to take the team (the tribes) to the Promised Land (vision statement) in keeping with the processes (commandments) approved by the Board of Directors who serve as the voice of the shareholder (God).

When Japanese and Chinese business houses rose to prominence, leaders were exposed to Sun Tzu’s Art of War – in which to create a great army that obeys without question, even the emperor’s favourite concubine is not spared.

Now India is rising. What is India’s offering to the leaders of the world? Potentially, the long ignored secret of how to stop chasing Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and make her chase you instead. This book attempts to unravel the puzzle of three hundred and thirty million gods and goddesses as well as present in sixty four chapters the secrets of Hindu management.

 

EXCERPTS FROM SOME REVIEWS:
“This book is full of frameworks, woven into each other. While frameworks of management science seek to be objective, the frameworks of Business Sutra are primarily subjective. The book does not seek to sell these frameworks, or justify them as the truth. They are meant to be reflective, and not prescriptive.” - The Hindu
http://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/an-indian-view-of-management/article4689764.ece

“This isn’t a review. This book can’t be reviewed. It has to be read. Given the way Devdutt Pattanaik writes, it is great fun to read. There are nuggets here and there. Perhaps one shouldn’t call them wisdom. These are different ways of looking at things. They make you think and that’s Devdutt’s USP – to give a new twist to stuff one is already vaguely familiar with.” - Bibek Debroy
http://devdutt.com/blog/thoughts-on-business-sutra-by-bibek-debroy.html

“The book, Business Sutra attempts to answer the basic question, is there an Indian way of doing business? The central argument is that management practices today are a reflection of the western beliefs which are convergent, and uni-dimensional. The Indian ethos can be better understood through our stories, symbols and rituals. The book attempts to take different aspects of business and craft what would be an Indian approach to management.” - Times of India
http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/just-like-that/business-sutra-by-devdutt-pattanaik/

“The book is a tour de force of Indian mythology and the relevance of various stories, rituals and characters to contemporary managers. The author is critical of modern Western thought which dismisses mythology as irrational and unscientific” - India Today
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/dhiraj-nayyar-reviews-business-sutra-the-mythical-company/1/278976.html

“At the heart of the book is a compelling premise: if we believe that wealth needs to be chased, the workplace becomes a rana-bhoomi - a battleground of INVESTORS, regulators, employers, employees, vendors, competitors and customers; if we believe that wealth needs to be attracted, the workplace is a rang-bhoomi - a playground where everyone attains happiness.” - The Sunday Indian
http://www.thesundayindian.com/en/story/book-review-business-sutra/114/47838/

Pashu: Animals in Hindu Mythology by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Short Stories (Mythology)
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Rights: European and Indian language rights available (excluding translation rights for Hindi)

Horses gallop across the sky. Serpents hoard gems in their subterranean realms. Turtles remember the goodness of old kings. Crows narrate epic poems. Dogs walk right up to the gates of paradise. Monkeys build a bridge across the sea. Vultures fly towards the sun. These are just some of the roles animals play in Hindu mythology. Hindus believe that in our past lives, we could have been animals and that in our future lives, we can be animals. We are all parts of the same chain. What differentiates us is but our bodies, not our soul. This book explores birds and beasts, big and small, found in the sacred books of India.

With over hundred illustrations, and anecdotes about them, some big, some small, it reveals how our ancestors imagined the animal kingdom, and the key role they play in human lives.

99 Thoughts on Ganesha by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Mythology
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

The book brings together 99 tales to better understand the stories, symbols and rituals of the adorable elephant-headed Hindu god who removes hurdles and brings prosperity and peace. The book is full of illustrations of Ganesha, also known variously as Ganapati, Gajanana, Vinayaka or Pillayar.

7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Mythology
Publisher: Westland Limited
Publisher (Gujarati): RR Sheth & Co.
Publisher (Hindi): Prabhat Prakashan
Publisher (Malayalam): Westland Limited (forthcoming)
Publisher (Tamil): Westland Limited (forthcoming)
Rights: European and Indian language rights available (excluding translation rights for Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil)

Hindu Calendar Art may be gaudy and kitsch, but it is the most modern and democratic expression of a mythic imagery that once adorned temple walls and palm leaf manuscripts. They speak a language that is indifferent to rationality. It is the language of a people’s faith. In this book, Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, translates this language and reveals an ancient Indian truth that will certainly impact your life.

7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Mythology
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
Publisher (Gujarati): RR Sheth & Co. (forthcoming)
Publisher (Hindi): Rajpal Publishing
Publisher (Kannada): Vasantha Prakashan
Publisher (Malayalam): Westland Limited (forthcoming)
Publisher (Marathi): Popular Prakashan
Publisher (Russian): Sophia Publishing Group (forthcoming)
Publisher (Tamil): Westland Limited (forthcoming)
Publisher (Telugu): BSC Publishers
Rights: European and Indian language rights available (excluding translation rights for Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Russian, Tamil, Telugu)

Smeared with ash, draped in animal hide, he sits atop the snow-capped mountain, skull in hand, withdrawn, with dogs for company, destroying the world with his indifference. He is the God whom the Goddess shall awaken. His name is Shiva.

Locked in his stories, symbols and rituals are the secrets of our ancestors. This book attempts to unlock seven.

7 Secrets of Vishnu by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Mythology
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
Publisher (Hindi): Rajpal Publishing
Publisher (Kannada): Vasantha Prakashan
Publisher (Malayalam): Westland Limited (forthcoming)
Publisher (Marathi): Popular Prakashan
Publisher (Russian): Sophia Publishing Group (forthcoming)
Publisher (Tamil): Westland Limited (forthcoming)
Rights: European and Indian language rights available (excluding translation rights for Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Russian, Tamil)

Anointed with perfumes, draped in silk, he reclines in an ocean of milk. Eyes open, ever smiling, securing the world with his attention. He is the God who is chased by fortune… Perumal, Balaji, Narayana, Vishnu… who walks the earth as Krishna and as Ram.

Locked in his stories, symbols and rituals are the secrets of our ancestors. This book attempts to unlock seven.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Illustrated Contemporary Mythology
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Publisher (Hindi): Penguin Random House India
Publisher (Kannada): Manohar Granth Mala (forthcoming)
Publisher (Malayalam): DC Books
Publisher (Marathi): Popular Prakashan
Publisher (Tamil): Vikatan Media
Rights: European and Indian language rights available (excluding translation rights for Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil)

High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God. The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose names mean victory. One keeps you in Swarga; the other raises you into Vaikuntha. In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is pleasure for only as long as you deserve. What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya? Solve this puzzle and you will solve the mystery of the Mahabharata.

In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic, Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative, plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants. Richly illustrated and abound with little-known details such as the names of the hundred Kauravas, the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu, the stories of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan and Barbareek, the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana, and the dating of the war based on astronomical data. With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over 3000 years.

Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Illustrated Contemporary Mythology
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Publisher (Hindi): Penguin Random House India
Publisher (Marathi): Manjul Publishing House
Publisher (Tamil): Sixthsense Publishing (forthcoming)
Rights: European and Indian language rights available (excluding translation rights for Hindi, Marathi, Tamil)

The chariot stopped far from the city in the middle of the forest. Sita alighted, eager to walk amongst the trees. The charioteer, Lakshman, remained seated. Sensing he had something to say, Sita paused. Lakshman finally spoke, eyes to the ground, “Your husband, my elder brother, Ram, king of Ayodhya, wants you to know that the streets are full of gossip. Your reputation is in question. The rules are clear on this: a king’s wife should be above all doubt. The scion of the Raghu clan therefore has ordered you to stay away from his person and his palace and his city. You are free to go wherever else you please. But you may not reveal to anyone you were once Ram’s queen.”

Sita watched Lakshman’s nostrils flare. She felt his embarrassment and his rage. She wanted to reach out and reassure him, but she restrained herself.

“You feel your Ram has abandoned his Sita, don’t you?” she asked gently.
“But he has not,” she stated confidently. “He cannot.
He is God; he abandons no one.
And I am Goddess; I cannot be abandoned by anyone.”

A mystified Lakshman returned to Ayodhya, while Sita smiled in the forest, and unbound her hair.

This retelling of the Ramayan approaches Ram by speculating on Sita: her childhood with her father, Janak; her stay in the forest with her husband who had to be a celibate ascetic while she was in the prime of her youth; her interactions with the women of Lanka, recipes she exchanged, emotions they shared; her connection with the earth, her mother; her role as the Goddess, the untamed Kali as well as the demure Gauri, in transforming the stoic prince of Ayodhya into God.

Shikhandi and Other Tales They Don’t Tell You by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Short Stories (Mythology)
Publisher: Zubaan Publishers in association with Penguin Random House India
Publisher (Hindi): Rajpal Publishing
Rights: European and Indian language rights available (excluding translation rights for Hindi)

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.

7 Secrets of the Goddess by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Mythology
Publisher (English)Westland Ltd.
Rights Available: World Rights Available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

Lakshmi massages Vishnu’s feet. Is this male domination?

Kali stands on Shiva’s chest. Is this female domination?

Shiva is half a woman. Is this gender quality? Why then is Shakti never half a man?

Taken literally, stories, symbols and rituals of Hindu mythology have much to say about gender relationships. Taken symbolically, they reveal many more things about humanity and nature. Which is the correct reading?

The fourth title in the bestselling ’7 Secrets’ series focuses on the Goddess, and respected mythologist Dr Devdutt Pattanaik tries to unravel the secrets locked within her stories, symbols and rituals.

 

My Gita by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Category: Illustrated Contemporary Mythology
Publisher (English): Rupa Publications India
Publisher (Hindi): Rupa Publications India (forthcoming)
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent, translation rights for Hindi)

In My Gita, acclaimed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik demystifies The Bhagavad Gita for the contemporary reader. His unique approach — thematic rather than verse-by-verse — makes the ancient treatise eminently accessible, combined as it is with his trademark illustrations and simple diagrams.

In a world that seems spellbound by argument over dialogue, vi-vaad over sam-vaad, Devdutt highlights how Krishna nudges Arjuna to understand rather than judge his relationships. This becomes relevant today when we are increasingly indulging and isolating the self (self-improvement, self-actualization, self-realization—even), ignoring the fact that we live in an ecosystem of others, where we can nourish each other with food, love and meaning, even when we fight.

Let My Gita inform your Gita.