Saturday, 21 November 2015

Wisdom & Rotundity

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik:Author, Speaker,Illustrator, Mythologist

           I help leverage the power of myth in business, management, and life.

        Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik has redefined Indian mythology with his books and lectures. He is also the former chief belief officer of Future Group, one of India's largest retailers. He is not only one of my favorite writers but he is an imposing orator too. Listening to his lectures will take you deep into the realm of spirituality. He has written over 600 articles and 30 books on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times and each one is better than the other. He also writes a column for the newspaper MiD DAY. His awesome creations include Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata which is an introduction to Mahabharata, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana which has brought more nuances to the daughter of the earth goddess than you may have previously encountered, Shikhandi: And Other Tales they Don't Tell You which gives an insight into how ancient India viewed queer behavior without  being judgmental, Myth = Mythya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology which gives meaning to mythological tales and rituals, Business Sutra: An Indian Approach  to Management and most recently, My Gita- which is pattanaik’s analysis of Gita. 

Mythology = stories, symbols and rituals that communicate myth.

            I am glad that his presence is not limited to those cranky bookstores and libraries anymore and his smiling face keeps coming up every now and then. His TV show explaining the intricacies of Indian mythology has recently been launched on a new TV channel EpicHD. It is the Indian version of the Discoveries and history channels and the show is aptly being called Devlok. It's like a crash course in mythology. If you would like to dive into mythology with an open mind trying to reason everything keeping the superstitions aside, this is the place to be. So just tune in to Epic HD 10:00 pm every Wednesday and Thursday and tell me how you liked it..

"Stars are natural. Constellations are made by joining the dots. 
I bring analysis to the table."     

           It was a usual Sunday morning when I was happily surprised to see Devdutt’s interview by @Saudamini Jain in HindustanTimes Brunch. He talked about mythology, his new book My Gita and making Indian scholarship matter. You should see it to know him up close.

This post is written for Indispire Edition 92: Write about a moment or the entire T.V show as it is, that created an impact in your life. #ThatTVShow

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