bhagavadgitaasitisAuthor Devdutt Pattanaik @devduttmyt has summarised the Bhagavad Gita in 18 tweets. Here are the tweets:

1. Ur world is a perception based by ur prejudices, shaped by ur fears, fuelled by ur ignorance

2. The world of those around u is also a perception created by prejudices, fears and ignorance

3. Wisdom is ability to appreciate ur perceptions and other people’s perceptions with empathy

4. I, Krishna, appreciate all subjective realities, without judgement, with affection, hence am God

5. God is eternal, undying, within u; ur self-absorption prevents u from realizing it

Devdutt Pattanaik, the author of Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana, on the great epic Ramayana: Tehelka

Devdutt-PattanaikThe story of the Ramayana is simple enough: once upon a time there was a king with three wives and four sons; palace intrigues force the eldest son into exile in the forest where his wife is kidnapped by a demon; he rescues her with the help of monkeys, and returns home to reclaim his throne; eventually he abandons his wife whose sojourn with the demon-king becomes the subject of street gossip. The simplicity is deceptive for the narrative creates a framework to explain key social concepts such as kinship, fidelity, property and self-image, which is why it is retold constantly, each retelling focussing on a particular theme or point of view. My book Sita, for example, evokes the Ramayana by bringing the Goddess to the forefront.