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7 Secrets From Hindu Calendar Art

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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  356 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
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, India’s renowned mythologist, translates this language and reveals ...more
177 pages
Published 2011 by Westland Limited
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Nate Rabe
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Agree with most other reviews but its a shame the only colour photo is on the cover. But highly informative
Avinash K
Oohkayy... One more of those semi-researched books on Hindu mythology by Mr. Patnaik. Good for a travel read. Not much else. Could have been better.
Shreya Vaid
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hindu Calendar Art is something that we all have around our house, but never focus on. Our parents use it to see the auspicious dates and fasting days, and they keep on lying hanging either behind the door or in front of the window. But then, you can always trust Devdutt Pattanaik's amazing skills to decode mythology and art. In 7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art, Devdutt Pattanaik decodes this tool of democratic expression that was once hidden behind temple walls and palm leaves and is now avail ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reading Pattanaik can wreak one's approach to faith, to life itself.

If you are a believer, by the end of it, you will come to the following conclusions on why we need to believe in a God:

A) Because life's tough and we need to know somebody gives a shit about us, no matter who we are.

B) Because we are a lonely race and need a kind ear every now and then.

And C) Maybe we just don't like ourselves enough and need to believe that there are beings more evolved than us, capable of a kindness which, q
Soumyabrata Sarkar
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this at the last . . .after the Vishnu and the Shiva . . so, all in all there were some parts which I knew and kind of skipped and read over the lines . . . But as unusual it is a Devdutt Pattanaik book. . . so you can't overlook it . . you don't want to!

It was really astonishing for me to find the subtle nuances of the calendar arts, that we all are familiar with and are seeing from such an early age. . . From calendars to other commodities like rice and wheat sacks also have them, not t
Another excellent book by Devdutt Pattanaik, an eye opener to the symbolism of art interwoven in every Hindu home. I go back and keenly observe the calendar art, or any Hindu art for that matter and try to fathom the meaning of the symbols present.
Sasitharani Jagadeshprabu
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book, Loved reading it, Since i have already read 7 secrets od shiva and vishnu i was quick to finish it. All three books are worth reading.
Looking forward to read more books of Devdutt Patnaik..
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hinduism, shiva
Interesting details of hindu mythology in the pop calendar art.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
You will take a second look at any religious calendar on the walls after reading this.
Abhilash Ruhela
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
We are lucky to have someone like Devdutt Pattanaik as one of the most popular authors in India who also manages to publish as many books as possible for him to do. This makes us read some very amazing facts about our mythology, religion and faith. I have just ended up reading o ne of his recently published books by Westland Publication named “7 Secrets From Hindu Calendar Art”. The book speaks about the images that we see since childhood in our home and others but never get to know the meaning ...more
Shonel Teke
Oct 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
I have read Devdutt Pattnaik's retelling of the Mahabharata more than a year ago and I was in awe of the way in which he recreated the epic tale for non-Hindus and the modern man alike. However, the 7 Secrets from Hindu calendar art seems like a quick way of minting money, riding on the back of his more successful novels.
This book has repetitive themes, multiple references to the same stories, and is a painful read. I mean no offence to any Hindu but the book starts off with a promise to not be
Rahul Murdeshwar
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Devdutt has managed to share one calendar art on each page (left side), explaining the real meaning and stories behind it on the right side page- he shares a lot of interesting points from images that many Indians have seen in their lives. Will 'open your mind' to a large extent. Well written and explained in simple terms through the story telling approach, this book is again easy to read and absorb.
Anil Swarup
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another remarkable offering from Devdutt Pattanaik. He makes Hindu mythology so incredibly intelligible to the uninitiated as well using statements like, "In Hindu world-view, death is a comma; there is no full-stop" to drive home an important tenet.
Sahil Pradhan
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, myth
while all forms of art have been well tapped. hindu iconography is still hidden within the temples and artisans. nice approach to bring it to public.
Vinay Leo R.
Having read the other books in this "box" earlier, I must say this hasn't been my favourite read. It's an okay read though... the illustrations make it even interesting at times.
Laura Duque perez
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I insist that all the art should have been in Color. Good book for me as an introduction of Indian culture and Hinduism.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it liked it
The 'secrets' part of the title might be a little marketing ploy, but having said that, the book definitely offers a great deal of insights and perspectives. The author uses calendar art to bring out the ideas, stories, symbols, rituals etc that contribute to the Hindu world view and defines the way in which we lead our lives.
As is becoming a norm (with the author), the biggest takeaway from the book are the excellent interpretations that he comes up with - from something as basic as why the tr
Riteeka Rawat
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hindu mythology abounds with fascinating gods, goddesses and characters whose visual representations - through calendar art - are equally colourful. Hindu calendar art may seem fantastic and kitsch, but it is in fact the most democratic expression of a mythic imagery that was once restricted to temple walls and palm leaf manuscripts. These portraits of the Hindu pantheon of gods and the stories that surround them can be found on the walls and puja rooms of almost every Hindu household in India. ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Complete let down. What promised to be a great topic is utterly destroyed by the author's freewheeling, often ridiculous, explanations. Pattanaik offers no background of his research (if there was any) nor does suggest any further reading material. Some of his "secrets" are more or less like the silly theories about the "hidden meaning" of some poem or book or movie, offered by a eloquent friend after a drink too many. I think the book targets people who have never seen the said artwork and are ...more
Nitya Sivasubramanian
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4star
This book proved to be really helpful in sorting out some of the finer details of Hindu mythology that I've never paid too much attention to. I've long known the basics of course, but the illustrations and explanations finally filled in some of the gaps in my understanding of certain stories. Useful reference.
Vidhya Nair
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a useful tool that helps you understand symbolism and the metaphysical aspects of Hindu iconography. Many of the images of gods & goddess discuss values & codes of conduct, regional dieties and the way material reality & spiritual piety can coexist in a householder's life.

Recommended as a guide to understand and appreciation of Hindu art.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hindu-mythology
Everyone interested in hindu mythology should read this book as well as other series of these 7 secrets episodes. Thanks to Devdutt Pattnaik for throwing light into various symbols and rituals associated with hindu deities and Gods and Goddesses.
Roopa Prabhu
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author's knowledge on Hindu mythology can make one shameful of their own woeful ignorance. Our culture, history and belief system is so rich and complex and still we ignore it. Definitely worth a read.
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
the ideas that are put forward really make you sit and think. an interesting insight of the images we see everyday. loved it.
Sangram J
super, must read!
Saju  Pillai
Aug 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Feb 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
What crap.A ten year old could have written this after reading a few Amar Chitra Kathas and making the rest up.Would have rated it lower than 1 if possible.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
The 7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar gives a very interesting interpretation of Hindu mythology with delightful calendar art pictures. Very well written.
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
A great primer for anyone new to Hinduism. I often wondered about the iconography and symbolism of the religion and this book provides many insights and answers.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Has something for the mythology enthusiast with stories and interpretations unheard of. In parts repetitive and therefore, boring.
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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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