East vs. West — the myths that mystify: Devdutt Pattanaik on TED.com

Posted by: Emily McManus

At TEDIndia, Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West, and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about gods, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another. His goal is to help us all understand these founding beliefs — and use them to understand one another better. (Recorded at TEDIndia, November 2009, Mysore, India. Duration: 18:26)


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Comments (3)

  • nandini srinivasan commented on Jan 16 2010

    One of the most articulate and thought provoking talks I’ve heard in recent years. It should set the minds of culture mockers thinking!

  • KRISHNA BAALU commented on Nov 21 2009

    Well orchestrated speech indeed. The subject theme is well devised well carried on till end but .. a bit abrupt end..? Fine, over all we got the essence of it. Kudos Devdutt

    Krishna Baalu

  • abhijit chauhan commented on Nov 20 2009

    This is certainly one of the most soul searching talks I have ever listened to. It certainly gives me the inspiration to think and rationalise things in a different perspective and it’s beautiful the way Mr Pattanaik has tried to integrate Mythology and Business.