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> childhoods so much more memorable
True that. I'm appreciating it more as I read your comment.
> take teaspoons out of an ocean, you know?
I can totally relate to that, though with Indian mythology, I'm at the bucket level ;). I'm interested in mythology from other cultures as well. If only it were a well paying job.
> You're lucky to have a background in this culture, I think. :)
Very true. Especially with the language part as I think a lot of the myth is lost in translation when I read something in English. Some things I find hard to translate them myself. Even within my language, using a different dialect evokes a totally different emotion and adds depth to the story. I feel very lucky to be able to understand and appreciate that nuance. Language adds a lot of beauty.
Well, I'm a sap too, and it is not every day I come across another, so kudos :). When I was returning from India, I noticed this book in the bookshop, but haven't bought it as it was overpriced(2x) in that shop. It looked cool. There are other illustrated books from the same author. Books always give me a better perspective.
As kids, we also come across Tenali Ramakrishna stories(or the north India equivalent Akbar/Birbal). You might like them. I appreciate your interest in the subject and your pursuit in acquiring it. Good luck with it. na zdrowie!
Honestly, the 2 main mythological stories : Mahabharat and Ramayan are both metal as fuck.
They aren't really religious. You can read both as straight up high fiction.
Mahabharat is basically Indian GOT, and Ramayan is Taken on steroids. That being said, both are really about human learning about duty, responsibility and moral dilemmas.
Great modern versions of it :
I would suggest reading Jaya - Mahabharata by a fellow queer hindu - Devdutt Pattanaik.
I think it is an excellent book which not only includes the main story you may have heard from family as a child, but also has involvement of local versions of the story and other insights to characters ( very intriguing insights). Mahabharata as a tale is pretty interesting and very detailed in this version.
Even C Rajagopalachari's version exists, which is also not that bad . - https://www.amazon.in/Mahabharata-C-Rajagopalachari/dp/8172764766
Yes, the main idea of the Gita is Dharma - which is something I try to abide by as well . Hence, instead of reading the whole text - which is long, you can try reading books written about the Gita - some learning or self-help books which use concepts/ideas discussed in the Bhagvad Gita.
Start with Jaya by Devadut Pattnaik:
I read the original english version
Its a good read , everything has been explained