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Yayati: A Classic Tale of Lust

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Yayati is a great scholar and one of the noblest rulers of ancient times. This book tells the story of Yayati.
Paperback, 251 pages
Published January 15th 1978 by ORIENT PAPERBACKS (first published February 1963)
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I grew up, like most kids in India, on a steady diet of tales from Ramayana and Mahabharata and their allied tales. I still remember going up to my grandfather once he had finished listening to the news at 9 and asking him to continue with these tales. He must have told them to me innumerable times and yet I never got tired of listening to his soft melodic voice reciting it, so much so that even today when I read a tale from either of these two mythological stories, I remember him and miss him a ...more
Manasi Shiledar
This is the sad part about reading "Mrutyunjay"! you just don't seem to like any other Marathi kadambari as much.! :(
Jul 14, 2015 Shweta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marathi, mythology
Yayati is a sparkling jewel in Marathi's crown. मराठीतला अत्यंत अमुल्य ठेवा . प्रत्येकाने एकदा तरी वाचावी अशी सुंदर कादंबरी. कचाचे संवाद आणि विचार मन मोहवून टाकतात त्याच वेळी अंतर्मुख सुद्धा करतात. प्रेम म्हणजे नक्की काय हे याचे नितांत सुंदर वर्णन आहे. शर्मिष्ठेचे निष्पाप प्रेम अप्रतिम आहे. मानवाच्या मनातील भौतिक सुखांच्या ओढीचे प्रतिक म्हणजेच ययाती. An excellent pick to satisfy the devouring quench for classics.
Jan 01, 2011 Nivedita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yayati....a different type of loves described so beautifully!!! Yayati's selfish love,Devayani's ego filled love n Sharnishtha's unconditional love.Three different people's lives n views.Most beautifully
potraited complicated relations.Every character will carry bad n good qualities,there is space for each character that is what i liked most.
Hiran Venugopalan
ജീവനുളള പുസതകം.
ഒരു പകഷെ മലയാളതതിലെ എററവും മികചച തർജജമ. ഇത മലയാളം പുസതകമലല എനന വിശവസികകാൻ പരയാസം!

It's a magical book. Recommended to everyone who loves to read sensible fictions. Special appreciation to P Madhavan Pillai, who translated to Malayalam. Without any doubt, this is THE finest translation work Malayalam had ever seen.
May 29, 2015 Supritha rated it it was amazing
This was my summer-holiday read, & oh gosh, did it take up a lot of time! I'm sure I missed out a lot by reading the English translation instead of the original Marathi version, hence my review is solely based on the book I read. Khandekar informs the average Indian reader about the myth of Yayati, & then embarks upon his re-telling of the same. His chapter divisions are based upon the psychological make-up of each character. One is made to understand the viewpoint of all the pieces on ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Ishani rated it liked it
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Ishani by: Swapnilpbhujad
I would say that it's a fresh read rather than a nice or good read.
Fresh because we get a whole new perspective of some real characters from someone else' point of view in a fictional way.
Many thanks to Mr. Khandekar for mentioning this upfront.

Also, my review might be biased by the fact that I have read the translated English version of the novel which could have been different had I read the actual Marathi version.

The views about all the confusions and complicacies of life as described, even t
Nov 19, 2016 Prabhat rated it it was amazing
Yayati: A Fine Classic

A few days back, I read the novel ‘Of Human Bondage’ by Somerset Maugham. In that, was a character named Philip, representing a man with unbridled emotions, craving to fathom the meaning of life and in the process succumbing to objects of sense gratification and equating it to be the purpose of life.

Coincidentally the next book I finished today, also dealt with a similar theme. The void I had felt in Maugham’s story seemed to be addressed eloquently in this book.


Mohit Dholi
Apr 19, 2015 Mohit Dholi rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-at-tamu
The book revolves around the King of Hastinapur whose lust drives his life. Suffering from the curse that his father, King Nahusha, got from a sage. Yayati meets Alaka, Mukulika, Devayani & Sharamistha in his life. Always yearning for more physical pleasures he forgets his duties and lets the world suffer.

I would recommend it as a read.
Apr 02, 2016 Deepak rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mythology
Indian Mythology is full of great stories. Yayati is one such tale-very interesting and thoroughly absorbing. Each character has shades and depth which makes the story very profound. This book has been told by its characters in first person. This is one of those books that keeps you thinking even after the book gets over.
Apr 23, 2014 Vrushali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since childhood, the epic Mahabharata, has very much interested me.

For its characters, if they say its an imagination, then its indeed unbeatable, match less.

Each of them is a story by itself, reflecting vivid human colors.
The best part of it is, none of them, I feel, is a philosophy.
They are so true and will persist forever.

"Yayati" is a great tale. A worth read !!!

Aug 11, 2013 Meetu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story - First half of the novel is much better than the second half. I kept hoping that the main character will rise to the call of his duty, but he doesn't. He keeps taking one foolish decision after another.

Writing style is really good. Some lines were worth pondering upon!
Sep 19, 2010 Neeraj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the original in Marathi and this is a mind blowing book with extra superb use of the language.
May 13, 2015 Priti rated it liked it
I read this book by reading many reviews on net about it. But when I finished it, I found it not upto the mark as that of Mrityunjaya and Panipat.
May 31, 2013 Jitendra rated it it was amazing
One of the classic Marathi novel. Yayati is the first Marathi novel to win 'Dyanpith Purskar', India's highest literary award.
Anish Kumar
Mar 16, 2015 Anish Kumar rated it it was amazing
This is such an amazing book that you will finish it in one reading. The lesson which this leaves you with is very motivating & inspiring. This is a MUST read for the young age.

Too philosophical.
May 08, 2015 HEMANTKUAMAR SUKHDEVE rated it it was amazing
Ranked to top of my list... now got meaning of Jnyanpith... n will read it again n again....
Shivdas Avhad
Nov 23, 2015 Shivdas Avhad rated it really liked it
अभीमान वाटावा अशिच ....
Nov 09, 2016 Raji rated it liked it
With rave reviews, I was hoping for more.

Yayati is the father of Puru (or Puroo as the book spells it) the illustrious ancestor of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Khandekar takes the tale of Yayati and uses it to dissert on life, love, death. He provides us with three rather varying figures: Yayati, a man who is driven by sensual desires and derives joy and even some semblance of meaning in life from his indulgence in hunting, wine and women. Devyani is a woman who lets herself be governed by pr
Incidentally the work Yayaati or Yayati is from a story in the great original ancient timeless Sanskrt epic Mahaabhaarata by Paaraashara Vyaasa.

Twists and turns, a little of chance and a little of fate, much more of human characters shaping lives of everyone around with their emotions and actions, follies and greatness.

One of the many, many subplots in the original greatest work ever, by the greatest writer ever, Paaraashara Vyaasa, here given in another language by a competent writer (any more
Gayathri Jayakumar
Nov 08, 2016 Gayathri Jayakumar rated it really liked it
Yayati: A Classic Tale of Lust, is an almanac on a King fallen prey to indulgence and many more who befell doom for their slavery to ego and basal passions. A well censored and well narrated book that captures all the beauty of language and the reality of human life. Philosophy stacks up on philosophy as lives pile up on the scene. Characters from the Hindu Mythology are conjured into the pages as foils and leads who impart irrevocable insights into the extremes of life. The book is a ...more
Sandeep Bhat
Nov 13, 2016 Sandeep Bhat rated it really liked it
Lust, which is a no-spoken word today giving examples of our culture. mythologies and sculptures are filled with references and this book has taken an open approach to address them. King Yayati, Devayani, Sharmishtha and Kacha have played their roles well with the writer doing justice to the prelude of the great epic. Indians are good in story telling and there should be more bold attempts to view our culture the way it is. An engrossing read.
Rakesh Pradhan
Nov 15, 2016 Rakesh Pradhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb, superb, superb.

I am in love with all the characters in this book, each of whom has something to teach to the world. Kacha is the best of them. The gist of the story is That materialism will not give eternal peace but controlling our senses does. A must read for all the young people in India.
Nov 04, 2016 Sreevidya rated it it was amazing
Absolute Classic...
Oct 14, 2016 Anirudh rated it liked it
Excellent novel. Imagination is truly a gift for this author.
Chetan Gadhiya
Oct 03, 2016 Chetan Gadhiya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written.

If you like to learn through stories rather than pure gyan, this is the book for you. Excellent writing and story telling.
Shaloo Shalini
I read the Hindi version of this Marathi original by Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar. Its an awesome read. Eye opener of sorts for someone who is intrigued by the character of Yayati from Mahabharata. Its imaginative, and very profound in parts. It describes various events from Yayati's viewpoint. It also presents some events from more than one perspective - of a man and of a woman.

It has some beautiful lines at appropriate junctures in the book which are the essence of Gita in a different form. One
Jul 26, 2016 Ancita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mythology fans
I had set out on reading this book because Mythology is enchanting. Like fairy tales, it lets us imagine everything out of the ordinary.

The book took off on a good start with Yayati's expedition as a child, and a young man beginning to delve into carnal pleasures. There have only been subtle references to communions and King Yayati has been shown to be a slave of his unbridled senses. There has been drawn convincing, parallel stories of friendship, unrequited love, love for one's family and sac
Kalpesh Adhatrao
May 21, 2016 Kalpesh Adhatrao rated it it was amazing
The entire book is written as alternate point of view from Yayati, Sharmishtha and Devyani. It explains distinction between love and lust at the same time the pernicious nature of indulgence in seeking particular kind of pleasure. For Yayati it was indulgence in pleasuring his soul and body. For Sharmishtha it was the indulgence of love. And for Devyani it was the power as queen of Hastinapur. All these 3 characters suffered great hardship for a long time in living their life in this way. The ...more
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In 1920, Khandekar started working as a school teacher in a small town.He worked in that school until 1938.While working as a teacher,Khandekar produced in his spare time abundant Marathi literature in various forms. In his lifetime, he wrote sixteen novels, six plays, around 250 short stories, 50 allegorical stories, 100 essays, and over 200 critiques.
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