(PDF/EPUB) [Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You] ¶ Devdutt Pattanaik


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  • Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You
  • Devdutt Pattanaik
  • English
  • 11 May 2020
  • 9789383074846

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You] ¶ Devdutt Pattanaik If memory serves me right this incident happened around 13 years ago It was my first trip to Goa and having not traveled much out of Kerala it surely was filled of excitement for me I was on a train coming To Goa

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You] ¶ Devdutt Pattanaik It was my forth book by Devdutt PattnaikGiving insights of what and how Gods and mythology worked and played a significant role in making what it is today was great to know through many stories described in it

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    Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF í Devdutt Pattanaik Devdutt Pattanaik í 8 Read (PDF/EPUB) [Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You] ¶ Devdutt Pattanaik A collections of tales from various Hindu myths that deal with gender fluidity Pattanaik uses these to illustrate the fact that ueerness is not a modern construct The sources whether oral or written traditions are cited to provide context and these tabboo stories themselves are not only extremely important but are told brilliantlyVerdict Buy along with the author’s beautifully illustrated retelling of the

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You] ¶ Devdutt Pattanaik Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF í Devdutt Pattanaik Devdutt Pattanaik í 8 Read The book was marketed so vociferously in the social media that I had to get a copy Apparently the book is about the ueer retelling of Indian myths by India’s bestselling mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik The bestselling mythologist part of the title should immediately make you alert and uestion your judgment And when the font size of the author’s name becomes bigger than the title you know the publisher is trying to sell

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    Free read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF í Devdutt Pattanaik (PDF/EPUB) [Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You] ¶ Devdutt Pattanaik 29th book of 2020 153 Books read overall uote from the Book I Liked 'Mythology is the study of stories symbols and rituals When these stories symbols and rituals become rigid enforced by the body that claims to a supernatural authority they constitute a religion' Page no 10 Rating 4 Stars Important take from the book 'Life is not a problem

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Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You

Read Ï Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You 108 Traditions in Hinduism some over two thousand years old and you will find many overlooked tales such as those of Shikhandi who became a man to satisfy her wife; Mahadeva who became a woman to deliver his devotee’s child; Chudala who became a man to enlighten h. A collections of tales from various Hindu myths that deal with gender fluidity Pattanaik uses these to illustrate the fact that ueerness is not a modern construct The sources whether oral or written traditions are cited to provide context and these tabboo stories themselves are not only extremely important but are told brilliantlyVerdict Buy along with the author s beautifully illustrated retelling of the Mah bh ratafrom Buy Borrow Bypass Hindu Mythology Retellings

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Read Ï Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You 108 Patriarchy establishes men as superior to womenFeminism views women and men as eualueerness uestions what constitutes male and femaleueerness isn’t only modern Western or sexual says mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik Take a close look at the vast written and oral. If memory serves me right this incident happened around 13 years ago It was my first trip to Goa and having not traveled much out of Kerala it surely was filled of excitement for me I was on a train coming To Goa from Delhi with a whole bunch of raucous teenagers of my own class for company There had been the odd murmur of hijras all through the trip A classmate who had taken a train journey through this route earlier opined like a wise old man that you better be careful with them Needless to say there was a bit of apprehension building up inside me I do not remember exactly as to where it happened but slowly the tones of clapping and singing reaches me and suddenly in comes a group of six hijras To the uninitiated the first sight would be a jolt from normalcy and it was so for me coming from a rigidly orthodox society like KeralaIn uite simple English hijra is the Indian name for a transgender individual As luck would have it I was seated at a corner seat and slightly away from my other friends while all around me were a group of soldiers on their way to a training assignment As the group came into the compartment they were met with silent and impassive stares from the soldiers and me trying my best to behave as normal as possible in the corner With giggles and gestures they moved on to other seats to my immense relief Some of the others in my group were not so fortunate when they refused to give money to them for blessings The results of such a refusal from my friends elicited responses from them which were downright comic and gave us a lot of stuff to laugh about later Looking back at this incident a decade later I was trying to place what could have been my actual emotion at that moment Shedding all pretenses of glorification of a moment past I can frankly say that it was one of fear A rather irrational fear of the unknown and one that is uite common As time would have it there have been travels to those places again and I have seen hijras on my travels too Blessings smiles and wishes have been passed to me and I have lost any and all vestiges of that juvenile fear for them The Indian society also acknowledged and accepted them only of late It is rather stunning to note that transgenders have been legally declared as the third sex by the Supreme Court of India only as late as April 2014Against this background this book offers extremely enlightening anecdotes as to what history and mythology thought about transgenders and sexuality in general Devdutt Pattanaik gathers thirty odd tales from the epics puranas folklore and oral traditions that turn the sexual rigidity of the Indian society on its head A look at these stories will tell you how accommodating and amused India was in the past towards the whole aspect of sexuality The author offers insights into the paradigm shift in the way of thinking that started frowning upon sexuality and made it a taboo occurrence to be thought of only behind closed doors These stories serve as reminders of how the ancients used to think of sex as just another part of life rather than glorifying it into a hush hush affair Borrowing from the philosophy itself it can be inferred that the soul has no gender and is uite timeless while only the ephemeral flesh thinks of gender This leads us to gods goddesses demons heroes kings and ueens who were absolutely comfortable with slipping into the guises of one gender or the other The stories here feature the archetypes of Hindu alpha male gods like Siva Vishnu and Krishna and legendary heroes like Arjuna shifting genders to achieve suitable ends These stories are fascinating and thought inducing for the amount of crazy kinky ideas they pour forth These are the kind of stories that make you sit back and wonder whether you have been viewing Hindu mythology through the right lenses all this while There is to be gained however from the very first part of the book where in a slightly detailed essay the author captures the essence of gender as World mythology sees it uoting from a variety of sources Pattnaik argues that the concept of gender was a very flexible one as far as the ancient world was concerned There is food for thought here than the stories themselvesAs a reader I did not have much to gripe about this book The only challenge that I felt was brevity of the stories themselves It is like taking a three course meal and compressing it into a tablet which you take with a drink of water After it goes down your throat the chap who manufacured the tablet sits you down and explains the contents of the meal in detail To a reader who is totally new to India s myths this book wouldn t be very helpful However I doubt if the author meant it for such an audienceThink on these stories for they will make you re look at the mindset that firmly divides human beings into the two buckets of male and female gender

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Read Ï Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You 108 Er husband; Samavan who became the wife of his male friend; and many Playful and touching and sometimes disturbing these stories when compared with their Mesopotamian Greek Chinese and Biblical counterparts reveal the uniue Indian way of making sense of ueerness. A friend recently told me that he had read Dr Pattanaik s Jaya and had found it uite interesting I had been meaning to read it for some time and found myself browsing through the shelves of the bookstore at Jaipur airport for the book Of course they had it but another book caught my eye Shikhandi and Other Stories They Don t Tell You seemed to be uite interesting so I got it instead Jaya would have to wait for another timeI was immensely impressed by Devdutt Pattanaik s mythmithya He seemed to be one of those sensible mythologists who seek out the history in mythology This book tried to justify the LGBT movements that India saw recently in terms of Hindu religion and mythology Dr Pattanaik uses the word ueer to refer to any sexuality that is not sanctioned by the major religions Though the usage of the word might seem a bit ironic especially when the author is arguing that the ueer are just as natural as the non ueer but if you rid the word of all the negative connotations that it has gathered over time it is just another word The book looks into all the twisted stories from various mythological sources of Hindu cultures across India and tries to establish that diversity in genders and sexuality are not only present from times immemorial but are also accepted and celebrated by the pantheon of Hindu godsThe book talks about gods and men who find themselves in a position to do many of the acts that modern religions including modern Hinduism find inappropriate and unnatural These include acts of changing gender same sex love cross dressing castration to fit a role and many such acts that seem outrageous to our trained minds All these acts are either done out of volition or as a result of a curse or boon But never are the subjects of such action frowned upon or outlawed in these stories Dr Pattanaik also tells how and why such stories have been suppressed from popular mythology or modified to suitable formsThe short read was uite impressive in terms of showing how stories are forgotten when the popular culture does not support them It was also uite interesting from a point of view of curiosity as it shows the diversity that the Hindu folk lore contain However reading the book I felt that Dr Pattanaik is not an unbiased observer He is rather someone who holds Hinduism in a higher esteem than other ways of life Not that there is anything wrong with it especially when it is being used to bring about a change in the uptight style of living that the monastic order has made popular But this attitude also tends to distort the interpretation of mythology and things get modified in translation