Devdutt Pattanaik's new book explores Hanuman Chalisa

New Delhi, June 29  (IANS) Popular mythological writer  Devdutt Pattanaik is out with another book, and the widely read Hindu  text Hanuman Chalisa is the latest subject of his exploration.Pattanaik,  who had earlier penned the much acclaimed "My Gita", has this time  chosen Hanuman Chalisa as the theme of his latest, "My Hanuman Chalisa"  (Rupa / Rs 295 / 170 Pages) in an attempt to understand what the text  actually is and what is in it that makes it so popular."I have  always wondered what the Hanuman Chalisa is about and what is in it that  makes it so popular. Its language -- Awadhi -- is an old dialect of  Hindi, one of the many languages of India," he said."Do people  reading it understand what they are reading? Or does the gentle poetic  rhythm calm the nervous heart, as it prepares to face the day? Or is it  simply a ritual exercise, where the point is to do, not think or feel,"  Pattanaik asks in the book.The author mentions that it was  primarily these questions which led him to explore this "popular  religious work" through which a Hindu God is "made accessible" to the  masses.Pattanaik says that its "ordinariness makes its sublime" and that its popularity is completely organic."Every  time I experience negativity in the world, and in myself, every time I  encounter jealousy, rage and frustration manifesting as violation and  violence, I hear, or read, the Hanuman Chalisa.""As verse  follows verse, my frightened, crumpled mind begins to expand with  knowledge and insight, and my faith in humanity, both within and  without, is restored," adds the author.Apart from providing  simple translation of every verse from Hanuman Chalisa, Pattanaik's book  also presents insights into the his understanding of these verses and  the situations under which they were originally penned.