[Book Review] Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik
This book is an honest attempt to introduce the origin and the rationale behind the beliefs and traditions of in Hindu mythology. It talks about Hindu Gods and Devas without trying to sell people on their powers. It’s not a religious book, to say liberally, this feels more like a scholarly work. I really enjoyed this book.
This is a very thin book and just touches up on the different topics in Hindu mythology. But Devdutt Pattanaik has written more books and I’m looking forward to read more.
Hindu mythology is very vast and dates back thousands of years. I’ve witnessed a plethora of rituals, poojas, traditions, etc. etc and have been part of many. But unfortunately the understanding of Hindu mythology and the reasons behinds all those colorful and sometimes absurd tradition is very little among the masses.
It’s really sad that the richness of Hindu mythology is getting lost because its over-aggressive usage in the politics and selective preaching and intentional misinterpretation of its traditions by the newer generations.
On a side note, I picked up the Hindi translation of this book and ironically, I find it difficult to read the book written in Hindi. We are losing both the religion and the language.