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The Book of Avatars and Divinities

The Book of Avatars and Divinities

Bulbul Sharma
,
Seema Mohanty
,
Parvez Dewan
,
Royina Grewal
,
Namita Gokhale
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In the Hindu universe, gods and goddesses play freely among human beings to help them, nudge them towards the right action and mete out justice. They may appear to us as avatars in human form or manifest themselves as forces of nature. The many myths of Hinduism become colourful and entertaining when Shiva, Vishnu and Devi take different forms to enact their rivalries, destroy demons and teach devotees with superpowers a lesson in humility.

This first-of-its-kind book brings together the major deities of the Hindu pantheon, describing the different manifestations by which they are recognized, celebrated and worshipped-from Durga to Sita to Kali, and from Narasimha to Parashurama to Krishna. The contributions by Bulbul Sharma, Namita Gokhale, Nanditha Krishna, Parvez Dewan, Royina Grewal and Seema Mohanty offer enchanting stories about our favourite divinities.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Nov/2018

ISBN: 9780143446880

Length : 256 Pages

MRP : ₹299.00

The Book of Avatars and Divinities

Bulbul Sharma
,
Seema Mohanty
,
Parvez Dewan
,
Royina Grewal
,
Namita Gokhale

In the Hindu universe, gods and goddesses play freely among human beings to help them, nudge them towards the right action and mete out justice. They may appear to us as avatars in human form or manifest themselves as forces of nature. The many myths of Hinduism become colourful and entertaining when Shiva, Vishnu and Devi take different forms to enact their rivalries, destroy demons and teach devotees with superpowers a lesson in humility.

This first-of-its-kind book brings together the major deities of the Hindu pantheon, describing the different manifestations by which they are recognized, celebrated and worshipped-from Durga to Sita to Kali, and from Narasimha to Parashurama to Krishna. The contributions by Bulbul Sharma, Namita Gokhale, Nanditha Krishna, Parvez Dewan, Royina Grewal and Seema Mohanty offer enchanting stories about our favourite divinities.

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Bulbul Sharma

Bulbul Sharma has published five collections of short stories, a novel, Banana-Flower Dreams (Penguin), and three books for children, including The Ramayana for Children (Puffin). At present, she is working on a collection of short stories for neo-literate children. Her stories have been translated into French, Italian, German and Finninsh. She has also held several exhibitionsof her paintings in India and abroad, and her paintings are in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Lalit Kala Akademi and the Chandigarh Museum, as well as in the corporate and private collections.

Seema Mohanty

Seema Mohanty is a freelance writer based in Mumbai. She has written this book based on the lectures and writings of her brother Dr Devdutt Pattanaik, the wellknown mythologist.

Parvez Dewan


Royina Grewal

Royina Grewal has written two monographs on Chanderi and Mandu as well as Sacred Virgin: Travels along the Narmada, In Rajasthan: A Travelogue, and In the Shadow of the Taj. Her interest in history is expressed in the six son et lumiere productions she had conceived, scripted and directed. Royina and her husband divide their time between Delhi and an organic farm in Rajasthan.

Namita Gokhale

Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher and festival director. She is the author of sixteen works of fiction and non-fiction. Her acclaimed debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, published in 1984, has remained a cult classic and has been issued in a double edition with its sequel, Priya. Gokhale has worked extensively across genres on Indian mythology, including her retelling of the Indian epic in the Puffin Mahabharata, and her novel for young readers, Lost in Time: Ghatotkacha and the Game of Illusions. The edited anthologies Himalaya: Adventures, Meditations, Life and The Himalayan Arc: Journeys East of South-east provide valuable resource material on the culture and politics of the region. Gokhale is also founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and of Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Literature Festival. She is director of Yatra Books, a publishing house specializing in translation.Malashri Lal, professor in the English department of the University of Delhi, recently retired from her academic and administrative positions. Currently she is member of the English Advisory Board at the Sahitya Akademi. Her specialization lies in literature, women and gender studies, and she has to her credit around fifteen books including The Law of the Threshold: Women Writers in Indian English, Speaking for Myself: An Anthology of Asian Women's Writing, In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology and Tagore and the Feminine: A Journey in Translations. Lal has been a senior consultant to the Ministry of Culture, a University Grants Commission (UGC) nominee on committees and a member of international book award juries

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