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99 Thoughts on Ganesha: Stories, Symbols and Rituals of India's Beloved Elephant-Headed Deity

 
Devdutt Pattanaik (Author) Harpreet Chhachhiya (Photography)
Synopsis
In the game of cricket, having scored 99 runs, when a batsman stands poised on the threshold of that much coveted century, he experiences the moment that is best associated with Ganesha.
Fear and uncertainty envelope him; between him and his achievement stand hurdles, both real and imaginary: a possible spin from the bowler can overwhelm him, his own anxiety can paralyze him, cheering fans can distract him He needs divine intervention then He needs to focus, get rid of all hurdles, perform, get the final run, and achieve what he so longs for In other words, he needs to think of Ganapati.
This book brings together 99 meditations to better undetand the stories, symbols and rituals of that adorable elephantheaded Hindu god who removes hurdles and brings prosperity and peace Known variously as Ganapati, Gajanana, Vinayaka or Pillayar, he can help all of us score a century in the game called life.
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About the author

Devdutt Pattanaik

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (b. 1970), MBBS, graduated in medicine from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, and went on to specialize in the field of medical writing and health communication. With a passion for mythology, he topped the Mumbai University course in comparative mythology (PGDCM) and has published three books as part of the introduction series : Shiva : An Introduction; Vishnu : An Introduction; and Devi : An Introduction. His articles have been published in Parabola, journal of myth, tradition and the search for meaning; the Times of India ‘Speaking Tree’; and in guest columns of the New Indian Express. His unorthodox approach has been widely appreciated. As part of Sabrang, a cultural organization that demystifies the arts, Dr. Pattanaik has lectured extensively on the relevance of mythology to modern man. Dr. Pattanaik lives in India.

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Bibliographic information

Title 99 Thoughts on Ganesha: Stories, Symbols and Rituals of India's Beloved Elephant-Headed Deity
Format Softcover
Date published: 08.07.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788184951523
length xii+227p., Illustrations; 22cm.