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Who Inspired Valmiki?

Who Inspired Valmiki?

Devdutt Pattanaik
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Overview

The Ramayana has never been a tale of Ram’s life. It is the story of how he lived for others. By retelling his tale, storytellers hope to inspire themselves and others to live as Ram did.’

The Ramayana we are familiar with today is an interesting mix of countless versions—through cultures, traditions, and texts—presented through various mediums—film, television, and scriptures. The most popular, however, is Valmiki’s Ramayana, which is believed to be the original story that inspired the many versions that followed. But who narrated the story to Valmiki? Where did it originate?

It is believed that hearing Ram’s tale brings hope even in the darkest of times. With Who Inspired Valmiki?, Devdutt Pattanaik explores as only he can, the various versions and interpretations of the epic that exist across cultures and countries.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Oct/2017

Length : 20 Pages

Who Inspired Valmiki?

Devdutt Pattanaik
Overview

The Ramayana has never been a tale of Ram’s life. It is the story of how he lived for others. By retelling his tale, storytellers hope to inspire themselves and others to live as Ram did.’

The Ramayana we are familiar with today is an interesting mix of countless versions—through cultures, traditions, and texts—presented through various mediums—film, television, and scriptures. The most popular, however, is Valmiki’s Ramayana, which is believed to be the original story that inspired the many versions that followed. But who narrated the story to Valmiki? Where did it originate?

It is believed that hearing Ram’s tale brings hope even in the darkest of times. With Who Inspired Valmiki?, Devdutt Pattanaik explores as only he can, the various versions and interpretations of the epic that exist across cultures and countries.

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Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik is the author of over 25 books and over 500 articles on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries for 15 years before devoting all his time to his passion for decoding beliefs of all cultures, modern and ancient, located beneath the veneer of rationality. Extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally insightful, Pattanaik also boasts of the added skill of simplifying his mythological accounts into delightful reads that engage young readers. He is the master storyteller of the very popular Fun in Devlok series and Pashu

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