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Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel

Ramayana by Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel’s Ramayana: Divine Loophole is a retelling of the classic Hindu myth with the addition of cheerfully stylized cartoon graphics that reflect the colorful spirit of Indian culture. The graphics are so overwhelming that reading it almost seems secondary; I’ve looked at the book plenty in the past few weeks but haven’t read past the intro yet.

Sanjay, who works at Pixar by day, has previously dabbled with Hindu culture in The Little Book of Hindu Deities. There’s another animation connection too: he was inspired to illustrate the story after watching Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues, which is also based on the tale. The book, published by my pals at Chronicle Books, is available for just under $20 at Amazon.com.

Links for more about the book:

Book review by Michael Sporn

Interview with Sanjay Patel including a terrific section on how he came up with the book cover design

Sanjay Patel’s personal website GheeHappy.com

  • Donald C.

    Looks beautiful.

  • I just blogged it today!

    It is gorgeous.

  • I’m glad to see this-I blogged about it just yesterday. I’d missed Michael Sporn’s post and had had no idea it was out. Mine’s already ordered-it’s really a must-have.

  • The Obvious

    As someone raised on these stories and characters, I am utterly floored by Sanjay’s vision for the Ramayana. Stunning and rich. A fitting tribute to this epic story.

  • I’m digging this, gorgeous work.

  • ovi

    this looks amazing. reading that interview with Sanjay was right on. doing an illustrated Bible storybook myself, i know the feeling of being overwhelmed knowing the amount of work that needs to be done. i just hope i can finish in 4 years like Sanjay.

  • This book is beyond amazing. Sanjay has gone to another level as an artist with this.

    ps. Ovi, can’t wait for yours too!

  • Bob Harper

    I love the Charley Harper vibe this has – considered it ordered.

  • Thomas Dee

    I’ve been waiting for his next book, without any indication that there would be a next book! Congratulations, Sanjay!

  • Inkan1969

    Makes for a good companion with “Sita Sings the Blues”

  • My two loves: Hindu mythology and beautiful stylized illustration, together <3
    I looked at the cover of the “Ramayana” book and had to stifle at gasp, it was just so beautiful and powerful at the same time.
    “Ramayana: Divine Loophole” and “The Little Book of Hindu Deities” are going on my birthday/Christmas wishlist!

  • Mike Gabriel

    One of the most inspired, heartfelt, meticulous and jaw drop gorgeous illustrated books I have seen in my generation of book illustrators. Congratulations, Sanjay, on a stunning work of pure majesty. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves magic on a page–page after page.

  • This looks wonderful! I’m usually disappointed every time I see another interpretation of the Ramayana (in India it’s typical to keep remaking mythology).

    But that is not the case here.

    This book looks utterly divine! Good on ya, Sanjay!

  • The book is STUNNING! Aside from the expected gorgeous and delicious artwork, I fell in love with Sanjay’s unique storytelling style. His take on the Ramayana felt ancient & modern, funny, romantic and most importantly personal…. And yeah, the art is glorious too. Viva Sanjay!!!

  • Stunning.

    I would love to see/do something similar with african stories and myth.