The Pregnant King
Devdutt Pattanaik
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Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM By Devdutt Pattanaik

I am not sure that I am a man, said Yuvanashva I have created life outside me as men do But I have also created life inside me, as women do What does that make me Will a body such as mine fetter or free me Among the many hundreds of characters who inhabit the Mahabharata, perhaps the world s greatest epic and certainly one of the oldest, is Yuvanashva, a childlessI am not sure that I am a man, said Yuvanashva I have created life outside me as men do But I have also created life inside me, as women do What does that make me Will a body such as mine fetter or free me Among the many hundreds of characters who inhabit the Mahabharata, perhaps the world s greatest epic and certainly one of the oldest, is Yuvanashva, a childless king, who accidentally drinks a magic potion meant to make his queens pregnant and gives birth to a son This extraordinary novel is his story It is also the story of his mother Shilavati, who cannot be king because she is a woman of young Somvat, who surrenders his genitals to become a wife of Shikhandi, a daughter brought up as a son, who fathers a child with a borrowed penis of Arjuna, the great warrior with many wives, who is forced to masquerade as a woman after being castrated by a nymph of Ileshwara, a god on full moon days and a goddess on new moon nights and of Adi natha, the teacher of teachers, worshipped as a hermit by some and as an enchantress by others Building on Hinduism s rich and complex mythology but driven by a very contemporary sensibility Devdutt Pattanaik creates a lush and fecund work of fiction in which the lines are continually blurred between men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers Confronted with such fluidity the reader is drawn into Yuvanashva s struggle to be fair to all those here, those there and all those in between.
  • Title: The Pregnant King
  • Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
  • ISBN: 9781430634720
  • Page: 316
  • Format: B

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Arun Divakar Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
I can be a broken record at times in my repeated fawning overThe Mahabharata . The stories never end and I never grow tired of the retellings from various authors. I had this strange thought the other day that if Georges Perec's choice of name for his bookLife : A user's manualwould have fitted this epic like a glove. I am yet to see a more human epic and I doubt if I shall ever come across one. This could also be the one reason why stories drawn from the epic always seem to have the magnetic pu [...]
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Anish Kohli Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
UTTERLY TASTELESS, TIRING PIECE OF CRAP!!!This book shows the lack of imagination in Mr. Devdutt Pattanaik and puts Indian Authors in a bad light. As much I hope that this was not true is!!!Author has nothing to offer to the readerabsolutely NOTHING. So he comes up with a planHe takes some of the most famous stories from the MAHABHARATA and contorts them till there is nothing left but Tastelessness. His contorted version of the stories have no moral background and nothing to learn from. He wrote [...]
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Srinivas Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
‘I am not sure that I am a man,’ said Yuvanashva. ‘I have created life outside me as men do. But I have also created life inside me, as women do. What does that make me? Will a body such as mine fetter or free me?’First, Double kudos to Devdutta Pattanaik, for writing such an interesting, yet an intriguing story. Let me start from the tip. The title “The pregnant King”, isn't it bizarre? I guess it is. So I picked up this book for it's eccentric title. After reading, my “GUESS” i [...]
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Bhargavi Balachandran Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
A magician once beheaded a newly wed couple.He then put the man's head on the woman's body and the woman's head on the man's body.Who is the husband now? and who is the wife?. What is an aberration and what isn't?.Just because a human mind cant comprehend certain things,does it mean that it is unnatural ? Who decides what is dharma and what isn't?.Why is it that a woman,even if she is the rightful queen not allowed to rule and merely considered a figurehead just because she is a woman. Is the af [...]
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Neha Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
The Pregnant King. the book is a fictional sketch of our mythological characters some of them so unbelievable but more interesting than they feature in other scriptures They are humans bound by dilemmas of social vs. personal needs, evil vs. good, man vs. woman, mother vs. father, stages of life, desire vs. death, stability vs. momentum, death & afterlife, heaven vs. hell, Brahmin vs. Kshatriya. Devdutt has a knack of creating a vibrant stories with all curves & twists of an engaging plo [...]
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Pankaj Goyal Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
Read my detailed review of this book on:pgalmora.wordpress/2016/0
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Namitha Varma Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
I've read 3 other books of Devdutt Pattanaik until now - 7 secrets of Vishnu, Shikhandi & Other Stories They Don't Tell You, and Jaya. While I liked all of them, I was not happy with his guide-book sort of narrative, lacking poetic-ness and being preachy in parts. But this one was the best of all. What a blending of narratives, what a wonderful way of looking at the world and its imperfections! This is a tale of acceptance and rejection, of social versus personal truth, of ignorance and enli [...]
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Shilpi Jain Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
While reading excerpts of Mahabharata in a couple books, I came across the story of Yuvanashva, the pregnant king who created life within himself and outside him as a man and it always made me mighty curious. The story of Yuvanashva is recorded much before Mahabharata but Devdutt Pattanaik has cleverly weaved it in the great epic itself. The premise is simple- a king with three wives who cannot father a child which is clearly not acceptable as a king or a man until one day he is tricked into dri [...]
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Syl Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
I was like a kid listening to exotic, improbable tales. I have read the Mahabharatha a couple of times, and its offshoot stories quite often, but have never come across the man who became a mother. In addition to the story of this unfortunate king, this book was chocful of minor stories which I never knew of. Lots of discussions on dharma and way of living, which is moot. As any other old treatise women are considered far beneath men, and the way they are spoken of is something to be ashamed of [...]
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Bhargavi Gopalakrishnan Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
This marvelous book by Devdutt Pattanaik is about a king who accidentally drinks a magic potion that was meant for his wives, and ends up becoming pregnant. What does that make him? A father? Or a mother? This story so beautifully intersperses the tales of Shikhandi, Arjuna and many others from the Mahabharata - I particularly loved how much detail Pattanaik puts into character outline, and how effortlessly he connects the dots for the reader to appreciate. A fine tale of power, love, identity(o [...]
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Utsav Bansal Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
This book took me by surprise. My experience with mythological stories hasn't been very good and I entered this book a skeptic. However I was pleasantly surprised by Pattanaik who turns out to be a nuanced writer with a good eye for thematic connections. His style of writing a complex story in the dreamy style of the Panchatantra tales also helps greatly.A fictitious piece set in the time of the Mahabharat, (mythology is itself fictitious, but this story is one of his own imagination borrowing f [...]
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Raja Subramanian Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
The Mahabharata epic, apart from the main theme of the confrontation between the Kurus and the Pandavas, has multiple threads of stories and hundreds of characters - some very popular and well known and some fairly obscure. The story of Yavanashva is one such thread that is not so well known, but Devdutt Pattanaik weaves a magical web around it and makes it engaging reading,Shilavati, a highly intelligent princess is married to the King of Vallabhi even though it is foretold that the king would [...]
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Manu Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
'The Pregnant King' is Devdutt Pattanaik's first work of fiction, in which he takes the story of Yuvanashva and distorts the timeframes to juxtapose it with characters in the Mahabharata, whereas in reality, the tale of Yuvanashva is recounted twice in the epic, as one predating it by many generations.Yuvanashva's tale is special in at least two ways - it involves his mother Shilavati who possesses all the qualities to be a king, but cannot, only because she is a woman and Yuvanashva himself, ki [...]
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Saravana Priya Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
I always like reading Indian mythology books as I felt it speaks more about life and soul. It makes me ponder over reasons for rules we create and make us stick to it in the name of Dharma.I found this title to be an aberration and started reading it. I was judging and was awaiting the climax about whether people will end up accepting a king who has created life both inside and outside him. But story got ended beyond our judgemental human brains with limited wisdom. There are many chanracters li [...]
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Uma Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
Nice Very niceThe book brings out the wonder of the gender. How much of it is social, biological and mental. Am I a woman by the virtue of having the body of a woman? Am I a woman because society deems me to be a woman because I can give birth? Am I allowed to have a woman's body but a man's mind? Is there something called a man's mind or a woman's mind? Aren't mind and soul gender neutral? The book looks at these questions and more and gives rise to more questions. Set in the time of the Mahabh [...]
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Bamini Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
After reading the shorter stories by Pattanaik, I set out to read the larger volumes starting of course with Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana. Where "Sita" disappoints as a book is precisely where "The Pregnant King" scores.The story captures the lives of the central characters along with their fears, struggles and strifes without getting distracted with anything else. Shilavati and Yuvanashva are at the core and the focus never shifts. This unflinching spotlight helps us to unders [...]
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Rick Goff Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
This novel is a treasure, a delight. I'm afraid to type anything, lest my pedestrian prose become an obstacle to the prospective reader. If you read novels, then please read this one.Thank you, Dushyant, for recommending this wonderful book. I owe you one.
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Sohini Sarkar Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
I have no reason to choose this book over Jaya as my first Devdutt Pattanaik's work to be read. Or maybe I got really curious by the title.The Pregnant King, in short, tells the story of Yadhvanashva, King of Vallabhi kingdom, who sires a child when he accidently consumes a magic portion meant for his barren wives. As much as the idea of a man giving birth to a baby sounds preposterous, Indian Mythology is replete with such stories illustrating implausible acts being made possible by either divi [...]
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Sukanya Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
Contrary to what most practicing hindus in this country believe in - in definitive answers, that is - Devdutt Pattanaik has, through his books on Hindu mythology, proposed the opposite.Why do we read books? Mostly to make sense of our own lives through them, I think. In fact, the books that I have enjoyed the most are the ones in which I have found my own dilemmas/struggles/experiences addressed.What I liked about this book was the compassion with which it has presented human beings. Them and th [...]
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John Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
It's my first book of Devdutt Patnaik and I would say I was certainly aweed by his understanding of Indian mythology and his ability to take the ideas and inspirations from the mythical stories to write this great book – The Pregnant King.Last year I had read a book, 'The Difficulty of Being Good' by Gurcharan Das. This book was based on the ethos of Mahabharata, that time and again emphasized on the complexity of defining good and bad. In short the book preached the ever true maxim of, everyt [...]
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Kapil Kulkarni Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
This book was my first experience of Devdutt Pattanaik's writing. I did not know that such a story existed in Mahabharata. So after reading the back cover decided to read it.What struck me most about this story was the deep sadness that filled every character's life. A woman, no matter how much able, is not accepted as a head of the state. A man is forever banned from delving into his feminine side or feminine emotions. Loving wives are denied their due respect just because they cannot give a so [...]
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Yamini Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
A great book indeed. Kept me engaged until the end. It captivated me through the simplicity of the message it was trying to convey with little stories (interleaved into the bigger story) throughout the book. At the end of the book, the author had a simple message. No soul is tied to a body, so the soul does not have a gender, an educational degree or a status in society. The lives of most of us is a façade for the period of time the soul is bound to a body. While playing this charade, most of u [...]
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Preeti Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
I wanted to explore Hindu mythology through the inroad of fiction. When this book came to me as a recommendation from a closely-knit group of bibliophiles, I picked it up with a lot of intrigue. The title does its bit to grab your attention.The literary merits and demerits aside, I enjoyed reading this book. The writing style, the content, the context - each fit in together. There are countless instances of misogyny in the book, keeping in line with the societal framework of the time. (Needless [...]
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Anupriya Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
:) Though the title sounds a bit confusing and weird, it took me on a wonderful journey into the oddities contained in our Indian mythologies. There is a lot of fictionalization and even manipulation of the timeline of the events in the book. However it sure excited me to go into the tangents that challenge my understanding of Indian mythology and still be comfortable living without having any conclusive answer. :) The blurring boundaries between mothers, fathers, men, women, husbands ,wives, de [...]
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Shreyas Garg Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
The story told by The Pregnant King predates the Mahabharata by many years. However, Devdutt Pattanaik has taken it forward and intertwined it with the Mahabharata and its characters, and this works beautifully. The strongest aspect of the book is that it continuously highlights the main theme of gender through a variety of characters, some familiar and some not. We get the woman's perspective, the man's perspective, the man-turning-into-a-woman's perspective, vice versa and so on. Apart from th [...]
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Aruna Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
Well, this is my first Devdutt Patnaik book. Yes, yes, for someone who loves Indian Mythology, I have never read any of Mr. Patnaik's books. One reason is that the resurgent Indian Mythology genre is growing out of my ears.This book was gifted to me. I am very ambivalent about the book. While the premise of the story was interesting and had much potential, I did not quite get the author's point.In parts, I felt it was contrived in the extreme.However, the fact that I got through the book in a co [...]
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Manish Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
I've never been impressed with Devdutt Patnaik, considering his tv shows and the his superficial books on Indian gods and goddesses. But what began as an experiment turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Patnaik has converted a little known myth of the MBH into a 300 page novel which deals with questions of gender, identity, parenthood and other themes. Highly recommended for light reading.
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Anukriti Gulati Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
I have to say that the story was weird. All throughout I was struggling to wrap my head around the mystic air of the book. However the last part of the book focused on the final realisation of gender roles and identities and the maintenance of social order, that was an enriching read definitely. So it ended on a really good note.
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Savitha Rengabashyam Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
Devdutt Patnaik never ceases to amaze me. After having read a lot of his non-fiction I was curious how he would tackle fiction and I must say I wasn't disappointed. The more I read his, the more respect I have for this man's understanding of mythology and life. A well written story with a beautiful conclusion that is sure to get you thinking and reflecting on your life.
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Anne Nov 17, 2018 - 04:57 AM
I think it is an "ok" kinda book because i didnt like the main protaginist in the storyYuvanashvahighly confused.d confused me further!In fact I loved the character of Shilavati,his/her mom who is strong and knows what she wants from life.I couldnt relate much to the debates that arose in the book-man vs woman,mother vs father,son vs king
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The Pregnant King By Devdutt Pattanaik I am not sure that I am a man, said Yuvanashva I have created life outside me as men do But I have also created life inside me, as women do What does that make me Will a body such as mine fetter or free me Among the many hundreds of characters who inhabit the Mahabharata, perhaps the world s greatest epic and certainly one of the oldest, is Yuvanashva, a childlessI am not sure that I am a man, said Yuvanashva I have created life outside me as men do But I have also created life inside me, as women do What does that make me Will a body such as mine fetter or free me Among the many hundreds of characters who inhabit the Mahabharata, perhaps the world s greatest epic and certainly one of the oldest, is Yuvanashva, a childless king, who accidentally drinks a magic potion meant to make his queens pregnant and gives birth to a son This extraordinary novel is his story It is also the story of his mother Shilavati, who cannot be king because she is a woman of young Somvat, who surrenders his genitals to become a wife of Shikhandi, a daughter brought up as a son, who fathers a child with a borrowed penis of Arjuna, the great warrior with many wives, who is forced to masquerade as a woman after being castrated by a nymph of Ileshwara, a god on full moon days and a goddess on new moon nights and of Adi natha, the teacher of teachers, worshipped as a hermit by some and as an enchantress by others Building on Hinduism s rich and complex mythology but driven by a very contemporary sensibility Devdutt Pattanaik creates a lush and fecund work of fiction in which the lines are continually blurred between men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers Confronted with such fluidity the reader is drawn into Yuvanashva s struggle to be fair to all those here, those there and all those in between.

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