Myth = Mithya:A Handbook of Hindu Mythology by Devdutt Pattanaik is a book of non-fiction, dealing with religion and philosophy. It discusses about the various Hindu religious stories and attempts to uncover the inherent truth about life death, culture, nature and other factors that govern us, so as to enrich the human minds and empower the souls with its potent and ancient language. Published on 31st December, 2006; the book is available in English language.
Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, the author of Myth Mithya has always been passionate about Hindu symbols, iconography, sacred stories and rituals and their impact on the people. Convinced by Kishore Biyani from the Future Group, he turned his passion into profession. Now, he passionately writes and also talks at various conferences where he explains how Hindu mythology is related to business branding, leadership, governance, management and entrepreneurship. So far, he has written 25 books and about 400 articles on mythology. In Myth = Mithya:A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, Pattanaik's once again recounts different stories from Hindu mythology and shows their relevance in a world.
Here, Devdutt Pattanaik recounts the sacred stories of Hindu mythology and decodes the various Hindu rituals and symbols, by using illustrations, diagrams and commentary. Readers get to discover the inherent truth of many stories from the days of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Through these stories, they get to know why and how the Kauravas went to heaven, while the virtuous Pandavas went to hell. Also, it is explained why Rama, in spite of abandoning Sita remains an ideal king, why Shiva severed the fifth head of Brahma, and much more. As readers delve deeper, they will discover how the stories from the ancient times relate to the modern world, and why they are timeless.
Readers find this book very helpful, given the vast information collected from different texts (upanishads, vedas, etc.) abridged into this small book format. Indeed, this is a must read for anyone enthusiastic about Hindu mythology. This is 227 page paperback and the ISBN 10 number is 01433099701 and ISBN 13 is 9780143099703.