Hindu mythology is replete with tales in which animals play the most important roles. Pashu: Animal Tales from Hindu Mythology, by Devdutt Pattanaik, is an exquisitely illustrated book that recounts animal stories from ancient texts.
Summary of the Book
Discover how a fish saves the world, how a horse flies across the sky, and how a king finds out that his beloved wife is actually a frog! Few animals are looked upon with fear while the others are associated with Gods and worshipped. Some seem to mould the fate of the world while others form enduring bonds with humans. From Vishnu?s avatars to Shiva?s asanas, this book delves into questions such as the following: how was a deer responsible for a lot of events of the Ramayana? Why is Garuda the archenemy of the nagas? How did a mongoose teach Yudhishthira the meaning of sacrifice? Pattanaik answers all these questions and more in this title with his usual charm and wit.
About Devdutt Pattanaik
Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian physician, writer, illustrator, mythologist and leadership consultant. He is the author of several other books including Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, The Pregnant King and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata. A graduate of Grant Medical College, Mumbai, he worked in Pharma for fourteen years before moving on to a career in writing.