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I picked up this book with a great deal of expectations wanting to know about Shikhandi who changed the course of the Kurukshetra war I was disappointed mainly expectations wanting to know about Shikhandi who changed the course of the Kurukshetra war I was disappointed mainly this book felt like a hurried "overview of many characters from the puranas who were ueer I felt maybe the author was treading on " of many characters from the puranas who were ueer I felt maybe the author was treading on shells so as to not offend people with these tales A detailed book about such an game changer in the Kurukshetra war would have been welcome Some of these stories I already knew many I did not But this book did leave me with an overload of stories some that I can remember some I do not An average read 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 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 to be solved It is a sight to be seen and contemplated upon so that we see ourselves truly and eventually open ourselves to seen and contemplated upon so that we see ourselves truly and eventually open ourselves to without seeking change in the world Page no 29 Plot Summary 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 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 Ma 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 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 ourney 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 olt 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. 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. 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 uvenile fear for them The Indian "Society Also Acknowledged And Accepted " also acknowledged and accepted only of late It is rather stunning to note that transgenders have been legally declared as the third sex by stunning to note that transgenders have been legally declared as the third sex by 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 ust 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 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

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    Read free Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You – cheapugg.us 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

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    Read free Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You – cheapugg.us 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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    Read free Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You – cheapugg.us 275🌟I don't know how to feel about this book uoting Early vedic texts are obsessed with woman's fertility and a man's virility So sex is never seen in a negative light Later Puranic texts display an increasing discomfort with the sexual act tolerating it only within marriage indicating the rise of monastic ordersThe ueerness of East seems to have Lost in TranslationAnd some stories just feels forced

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    Read free Shikhandi and Other Stories They Dont Tell You – cheapugg.us Challenges status uo conformity This is a selection of tales on the theme of ueernessProbablyWell researched through ancient text like VedasPuranansIt might be my non aligned expectation wherein I expected to build it upto something instead of reinforcement that orientation existedin some form and shape by multitude of anecdotesmonotonous at thatAt times the 'uestions' author asks are interesting thought pro

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