Title The Boys Who Fought – The Mahabharata for Children
Author Devdutt Pattanaik
Publishers Puffin Books
Price Rs 199
It is with the same ease that he narrates and explains the stories related with mythology that he has penned this book. Many of us have watched mythologist and leadership coach Devdutt Pattanaik on the small screen, talking about Indian mythology, explaining minutest of details. In The Boys Who Fought – The Mahabharata for Children, Pattanaik enlightens the young minds about the epic, from sage Veda Vyasa conceptualising it to the war at Kurukshetra to the Pandavas, along with Kauravas, Yadavas, Karna, Draupadi and the elders, even Shakuni and Vidur, in swarga or heaven.
The author, who is also the illustrator of this informative treasure chest, ensures the readers get loads of added information related to the subject. For example, in one of the chapters, he writes about Arjuna and his marriages to Ulupi, a Naga princess who bore him a son called Iravan; Chitrangada who gave him a son, Babruvahana and Krishna’s sister, Subhadra who bore him a son named Abhimanyu. Likewise, he has mentioned through capsulated info-boxes facts like In the Mahabharata of the Jain community, the great battle is between Krishna and Jarasandha. The Pandavas support Krishna while Jarasandha has the backing of the Kauravas.
A must read for young minds to know about the epic in a well-illustrated and easy-to-read and easy-to-understand language.