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Hanuman’s Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik

Hanuman’ Ramayana is a new book written by Devdutt Pattanaik and is published by Tulika Publications. There is a popular belief that Hanuman had written a version of Ramayana even before Valmiki wrote his Ramayan. Legend has it that Valmiki was disappointed with his version of Lord Ram’s story when he met Hanuman and had read Hanuman’s Ramayana. This is the theme of Devdutt Pattanaik’s Hanuman’s Ramayana. The highlight of the book is the Mithila folk paintings by Nancy Raj. The book gives emphasis to illustrations. About the book from Hanuman’s Ramayana flyer Valmiki has barely put down his pen after completing his magnificent creation, the epic Ramayan, when he realizes he has competition. Then Sage Narada tells him that there is a better Ramayan, written by Hanuman. Valmiki is devastated! As the story of Hanuman's Ramayan unfolds, humorously and gently, so does the idea that there is no one version of the well-loved story about Ram, Sita, Hanuman and Ravan, but many. Here, the q…