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My Gita

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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
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Rupa Publications India
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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
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
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
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
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To just observe and reserve judgement is a matter of infinite hope.
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
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
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
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
Mithila  Menezes
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
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
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
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
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.
Ajeet Mishra
it was a wonderful experience to read this insightful book on Gita.It has given me different perspective to look on.

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
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,
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
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.
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Devdutt Patnaik 👌- Made me interested in knowing about mythology- Such complex and deep mesages tried to be simplified- They are so true today and always!
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
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, my-library
Arjuna, he who is at peace with himself, happy with himself, illuminated by the knowledge of the resident within all beings, finds supreme bliss everywhere. He does not see himself as separate and disconnected and finds happiness in the happiness of all creatures. This state of being exists everywhere for the wise one who has outgrown desire and rage. - Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 5, verses 24-26 (paraphrased)
Gita is immense and deep, yet so simple. Understanding Gita might be a magical as well as
Mar 24, 2018 added it
Recommended to Ritu by: Shubham Agarwal
Shelves: 2018, books-i-respect
Darshan begins when I look at your aham, the hungers and fears that constitute your imagined identity, and discover my aham, fears and hungers that constitute my imagined identity.

My Gita is Devdutt Pattanaik's take on The Gita.

Having never read The Gita before, I was excited to start with this, given to me in exchange of Norwegian Wood by somebody really intense yet not. I wouldn't have started it if the other party hadn't already flown halfway through The Woods. I had to get off from my reade
Satish Inamdar
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two words - "Eye Opener"
Learnt a lot from this short book - This book definitely demands a re-read
Aishwary Mehta
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quote from the Book I Liked - “Sometimes, you can see more than me, but you pretend to know less so that I don't feel intimidated by you. I do the same for you. We do not feel superior when the other is vulnerable; or inferior when we feel helpless. This is what sustains our relationship.” (Para 3, Page 170)

Rating - 5/5

Synopsis - In My Gita, acclaimed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik demystifies The Bhagavad Gita for the contemporary reader. His unique approach—thematic rather than
Giri Kumar
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Whenever any commentary of Gita is written, it done with a lot of sobriety and studious reflection that the essence of Krishna is lost. For Krishna means deviance, in whichever way we take it. Rather abundance i should say. Krishna doesn't follow any laws nor etiquette, he just does what his nature tells him to do!

"My Gita": Devdutt sees Krishna with a twitter-age lens.

Devdutt's Gita is a refreshing analysis of the scripture for anybody and everybody to grasp the theme of the Gita, in the lively
Shoma Abhyankar
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Devdutt Patnaik is a master story-teller no doubt. He narrates mythological stories in easy and simple to understand words with apt and crisp illustrations along with the text. The two books “Jaya” and “Sita” that I read, showcase his amusing takes on mythological stories.

With a limited knowledge of Gita and its verses, I wanted to read Devdutt Patnaik’s version. I finally could lay my hands on his recent offering “My Gita”. After reading the first few pages I realised that keeping in mind to no
Nikhil Gupta
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another amazingly written book by Devdut Patnaik. Easy to comprehend mythological books of Hinduism. Specially Gita.
Narrative framework of dialogue between Krishna and Arjun explained in most apt commonly used actions and how they can be aligned with karmyog.
Easy language and illustrations. Must read book.
Arjit Anant
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great read. It has kind of given me a message to introspect myself & try to understand human behaviour with their perspective in mind.
Shubham Bansal
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I always wanted to read Gita but found it very difficult to understand, quite abstract, basically difficult to understand the point it tries to convey. This book solves that issue in a masterful manner. Devdutt Pattanaik has not only used simplified what actually Gita tries to convey but its applicability in contemporary world. He has even used diagrams and flowcharts to convey his points. Its this utility in one's life that makes this book different from others.

Another aspect which fascinated
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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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