Devdutt Pattanaik (Odia: ??????? ???????? Devanagari: ??????? ????????) is an Indian author known for his work in mythology and interpretations of ancient Indian scriptures, stories, symbols and rituals.He has incorporated Vedic knowledge into human resource management. His books include Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology; Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata; Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana; Business Sutra: An Indian Approach to Management; Shikhandi: And Other Tales they Dont Tell You; Shiva to Shankara : Giving Form to the Formless, in which he explores the layers of meanings embedded in Shiva’s linga, we discover why and how the Goddess transforms Shiva, the hermit, into Shankara, the householder; Leader : 50 Insights from Mythology uses myths and legends to arrive at wisdom that is both time-worn and refreshingly new, on what makes a good leader; and Culture : 50 Insights from Mythology a groundbreaking work that contextualizes mythology and proposes that myths are alive, dynamic, shaped by perception and the times one lives in.
He was the former Chief Belief Officer of Future Group, one of Indias largest retailers. He writes columns for Mid-Day, Times of India, Swarajya, CN Traveller, Daily O and Scroll.in.