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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, Devdu
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Rupa Publications India
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Ashish Iyer
Nov 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Utter crappy book.

Wildy diverted from the original Gita. This book is one of the worst interpretation of Gita I have ever come across. This book is distorting the fact with misinterpreting the Sanskrit. Author is interpreting on his own logic. After reading this book it seems that the author does not even know how to interpret simplest sloks of sanskrit in its proper meaning. Rather than reading such false interpretation, it is better to read original Gita. Even those who know little bit of sans
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Anil Swarup
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another marvellous offering from Pattanaik. The author has done great service to the society by presenting complex epics and the personalities therein in a manner that a common man can relate to them and comprehend the inherent messages. He does the same in the context of Gita............makes it intelligible to the common reader. This book provides the finest and most simple presentation of concepts that form the essence of Gita. "As long as we seek validation from the world around us, we are e ...more
Arun Divakar
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
According to myth, the whole discourse of the Bhagavad Gita (The song of God) began and ended in the hours that preceded the Kurukshetra war. The contents of the Gita has since then inspired and enriched the thought process of many a person who came in contact with it. There is also the curious fact that while the whole discourse is a dialog between Krishna and Arjuna, the reader does not get to hear from Krishna himself. It is a sort of meta narration wherein Sanjaya recites the whole of Krishn ...more
Vikalp Trivedi
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is a latest trend in my city . The "religious" people book a large ground or a big hall or some other place like this (the only criteria is it should be big) , invite the great "pundits"-usually wearing heavy jewellery ( once I saw a famous pundit wearing a gold bracelet in which a large turquoise was studded - even larger than Salman Khan's ) and call themselves SAINTS . After getting a handsome amount in "dakshina" , a seven day feast of preaching of The Gita starts and belive me all the ...more
Atul Sabnis
When a book starts with, “this is my version or interpretation of a classic text,” there’s little that you can say about it.

My Gita is a broad and encompassing interpretation of The Bhagvad Gita, including Hindu philosophy, a bit of comparative study of religions, history, and social structure. It is a non-linear book, so to speak, in that it does not follow the sequence of the chapters as outlined in The Bhagvad Gita. Devdutt Pattanaik, creates his own sequence, for good reason — telling a stor
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Gorab Jain
Reading Jaya by the same author enriched the Mahabharata experience to a great extent. Due to this, had very high expectations with regard to Bhagavad Gita. If Gita is considered to be the milk of the vedas, was expecting this to be the shrikhand, but it wasn't even buttermilk :/
Interesting things from this book : Insightful observations on difference between asura and rakshas, derivation of word jugaad, laying importance to samvaad over vivaad.
Too many lucid references from Mahabharata and Ram
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Sumit Singla
I don't believe in gods. And angels. And demons.

Nevertheless, once you start looking beyond Krishna as a 'god' and treat him as a character in a human play, you realize some of the explicit and implicit lessons that the 'Bhagavad Gita' (The Divine Song) teaches us.

Through his own interpretations, supported by diagrams and expertly written commentary, the author explains the actions (and the outcomes) of each character in the epic. Things get a little confusing at times, but that's largely an iss
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Vivek
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To just observe and reserve judgement is a matter of infinite hope.
A Man Called Ove
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Of the 781 books I have read before this on goodreads, I have not rated only 2 - One was Geeta, the other was Why I am Not a Muslim. One because I didnt understand the hype, the other because I understood it a little too well.
Devdutt Pattanaik has organised the Geeta by 18 themes here. So, it is NOT a verse by verse translation or commentary. This is the most important feature of this book. Because of this arrangement by themes, a chapter in this book may contain commentary from all the 18 chapt
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Shweta Ramdas
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Within infinite myths lies the eternal truth
Who sees it all?
Varuna has but a thousand eyes,
Indra has a hundred,
You and I, only two.”

'My Gita' to me was a revelation. It's an interpretation of the Gita that talks of it as a philosophical text, as well as a historical one. Devdutt Patnaik places Krishna's discourse to Arjuna within the realm of life as we know it: how does one live a life of Dharma? What IS Dharma? With the benefit to perspective, how does Arjuna differ from Duryodhana? Why are
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Ekta Rawat
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The use of word 'My' obviously gives a great deal of liberty to the writer; still, the use of pictures to convey the philosophical ideas seems futile and some explanations were so simplistic that they came across as faulty.

However, the thematic division of book, the broad inclusive perspective and the parallels drawn with Buddhism or even parallels between the different strands of Hinduism makes it an enriching read.

Inclusion of some more verses from the Bhagwan Gita ,a little more in depth and
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Mithila
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Currently I have been reading a lot of books about Hindu mythology. "My Gita" has been an introduction to the Bhagavad-Gita for me. I can safely say that a newbie to Hindu mythology will find this book easy to read and understand. Prior to reading this book, I had only read the following books which share extensive knowledge of Hindu mythology: Sita by Devdutt Pattanaik (another brilliant non-fiction must-read book) and The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (fiction, I know. But ...more
Tanul Gupta
Nov 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
It does not even deserve a star. Pattanaik's interpretation seems to be ramblings of an intoxicated mind. This book cannot be taken at the face value. In fact, by reading it I felt as if somebody is genuinely trying to miseducate me. The author does not know Sanskrit, and then claims to be authority on Indian texts. It's like a Physicist saying that I don't know Mathematics but I am expert in Physics. Basically, I would say avoid this book. But, if you are reading this book, try not to quote it ...more
Shubhanker Saxena
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Less emphasis on the writings from The Gita and more reference to The Mahabharata and Ramayana which is repetition of excerpts from his novels "Jaya" and "Sita". Only few verses from The Gita and the illustrated drawings are of little use and interest. The good thing is that it may instill an urge to read the original Bhagavad Gita as it provided a brief about the same.
Abhilash Ruhela
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it


I had read a lot about Devdutt Pattanaik but finally read his first work which is also his latest release- "My Gita", published by Rupa Publication. First of all, I must say that the cover page is very excellent which makes you curious to know what exactly is written in the book and you will not want to keep it aside until you are done with all the 18 chapters. I took almost 3 weeks to complete this book as I wanted to remember most of the events and understanding of the Hindu mythology. I must
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Rakshita
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
"As long as we seek validation from the world around us, we are entrapped by aham. As soon as we realize that all meaning comes from within, that it is we who make the world meaningful, we are liberated by atma. "

A very enriching read by Devdutt Pattanaik. He has organized this book into 18 chapters, just like the original text. However, the organization is thematic and not a verse by verse translation/commentary of the Gita. I really like how he not only explains the philosophical concept invol
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Swapnil Wankhede
Oct 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read only if you want to see how a man can distort every little piece of detail of the greatest literature. This is the cheapest shot taken by a leftist at our very much respected Gita. We desperately need a zero star rating option for such awful wannabes. If I could, I would want my precious 10 hours that I spent on this shithole of writing back.
The problem with this book is the author himself. Please read the original version of Gita.
Ajeet Mishra
it was a wonderful experience to read this insightful book on Gita.It has given me different perspective to look on.


Vipul Lawande
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is one of the worst interpretation of Gita I have ever come across. From distorting the facts, to misinterpreting Sanskrit words and connecting everything with sex, violence etc., the author has fairly been successful in misguiding the audience of his book.

He seem to have no responsibility of presenting the facts and seem to come up with his own version of Sanskrit language, the references from Puranas etc. The author seem to be highly influenced by the western indologists like Wendy D
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Sarthak Pranit
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reflection
Not the best from Devdutt Pattnaik - I still find Jaya to be his most personal work.

My Gita is his personal take of the Bhagvad Gita. Though he really takes a very good attempt at making us understand the history of the Gitas (there are at least 39 Gitas, the Bhagvad Gita being the most popular), the book, being his personal interpretation, is open to the reader's bias.

Having said that, do give this book a read to understand the proper history of Hinduism, and how and where it differs from Abra
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Onaiza Khan
This book is a quick, simple and easy read. Pattanaik endeavours to make mythology and philosophy of India accessible and relevant to her youth.

Despite being a very simple and toned down interpretation of Gita, this book really captures its essence. At times it reads like a self-help book which is okay as Gita is a motivational/inspirational text.

On several occasions, I found myself disagreeing with Pattanaik but I still liked to read his opinions. Even though I did not learn a lot from this b
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Ishita
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I tried my best to finish the book but I had patience to go upto 75 percent only. The concepts and ideas in the book are so scattered. Author is jumping from upnishads to vedas not explaining anything in perticular. I have read other versions of The Geeta and loved them. But this one I found pathetic as it never explains anything but just giving random terms from vedas and upnishads
Aishwariya Loganathan
Sep 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Honestly speaking, I can't rate this book 'coz I never did get past a few pages. But I've rated it all the same because unlike the author's other books, this one was woolly, unclear, vague and rambling. It killed all my interest in reading the book.
Rohit Sharma
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Imagine my excitement to read this as my very first Bhagwat Gita experience, I was all delighted to lay my hands on Devdutt Pattanaik's version thinking that it will be an easier version for a layman (the uninformed) like me and what a disaster it turns out to be. Like my friend mentioned last week in his review that he couldn't finish it - tried as hard as he could, unfortunately I have a track record of finishing the lousiest of the books - so found this to be not that bad that I couldn't fini ...more
Sakshi
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, mythology
"Arjuna, those who offer food to the gods and survive on the leftovers find brahmana. Not those who offer nothing. It all begins with choosing an action. Rather than choose to give up the world, choose to understand the brahmana, which demands action."

Gita is the book that you go to when you fear action. When there are infinite possibilities but no defined path. Everything seems equally satisfying or dissatisfying. Judgment infringes upon work, clouds your way. All possibilities seem limitless,
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Deepak
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An Amazing read!
Devdutt Pattanaik lays it out in simple terms the meaning of Dharma, Adharma, Karma and many other concepts that are used so loosely these days. In this book he also talks abiut the Ramayana and Mahabharat and the protagonists therein.
One can comprehend the history of Hinduism through the years, before it became an ism. The best part is he does not use jargon nor high falutin' words to express himself. This is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand the concept of rebirth
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Aakanksha
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had higher expectations from this book!
I like to read books on mythology and enjoy how the things can be interpreted in different ways. This was the author whom I wanted to read for a long time. So, I was pretty excited to start this book but I did not find anything new in this one. This is just a conundrum of what has been written in different books. I did not find novelty, nor I found the reason for which I can suggest this book to others!
Guttu
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I never understood The Bhagawad Geeta completely. Neither I claim to understand it fully after reading this book. But I got better. I learned more about it. This book has also made me thirsty for the knowledge in this holy book. That's the beauty of the Indian Mythology. When you learn some about it, You want more.
Someday, some time later, I will read this book again. There is much more in this book which I am sure I will uncover as I experience it.
Shridhar Sp
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So many titbits on ways to handle life. Will go back on this book, everytime I feel my thought is in disarray, just the way Arjuna has doubts on the Gita in the later part and Krishna had to recite different versions of it after the Kurukshetra war.
Aneesha
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book brought me back in touch with God and is very deep, may need to re read and read other books to understand more and more. Loved it
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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 Mahabharat ...more

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