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Shikhandi : And Other Tales They don't Tell You (English) (Paperback): Book by Devdutt Pattanaik

Shikhandi : And Other Tales They don't Tell You (English) (Paperback)

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ISBN: 9789383074846    Publisher: Penguin And Zubaan Year of publishing: 2014     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 192        Language: English
Patriarchy asserts men are superior to women, Feminism clarifies women and men are equal, Queerness questions what constitutes male and female. Queerness isn't only modern, Western or sexual, says mythologist...Read more
Patriarchy asserts men are superior to women, Feminism clarifies women and men are equal, Queerness questions what constitutes male and female. Queerness 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; Mahadeva, who became a woman to deliver his devotee's child; Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husband; Samavan, who became the wife of his male friend; and many more. Playful and touching and sometimes disturbing-these stories when compared with their Mesopotamian, Greek, Chinese and Biblical counterparts, reveal the unique Indian way of making sense of queerness.
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About the author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Dr Devdutt Pattanaik is a physician whose varied interests later turned him into a well-known mythologist and an author on the topics of mythology, sanctity... Read more
Dr Devdutt Pattanaik is a physician whose varied interests later turned him into a well-known mythologist and an author on the topics of mythology, sanctity and so on. His famous books on mythology include The Book of Ram, Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, The Pregnant King, The Book of Kali, Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of The Mahabharata, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of The Ramayana.
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Review:
Pattanaik is a master story-teller" - Bibek Debroy, translator of The Bhagavad Gita

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