A modern rendering of the Mahabharata, in sparkling modern prose.
"The Mahabharatais the more recent of the Indias two great epics, and by far the longer one. First composed by Maharishi Vyasa in verse, it has come to us down the centuries in the timeless oral tradition of guru and sishya, profoundly influencing the history, culture and art of not only the Indian subcontinent but most of Southeast Asia. At 100,000 couplets, it is seven times as long as the Iliadand the Odysseycombined: far and away the greatest recorded epic known to man"
"The Mahabharatais the very Book of Life: in its variety, majesty and, also, its violence and tragedy. It has been said that nothing exists that cannot be found within the pages of this awesome legend. The epic describes a great war of some 5,000 years ago, and the events that led to it. The war on Kurukshetra sees ten million Kshatriyas slain and brings the Dwapara Yuga to an end, and ushers in a new and sinister age: this present Kali Yuga or modern times"
"At the heart of the Mahabharatanestles the Bhagavad Gita the Song of God. Sena yor ubhayor madhye, between two teeming armies, Krishna expounds the eternal dharma to his warrior of light, Arjuna. At one level, all the restless action of the Mahabharata is a quest for the Gita and its sacred stillness. After the carnage, it is the Gita that survives, immortal lotus floating upon the dark waters of desolation: the final secret!"
"With its magnificent cast of characters, human, demonic and divine, and its riveting narrative, the Mahabharata continues to enchant readers and scholars the world over. This new rendering brings the epic to the contemporary reader in sparkling modern prose. It brings alive the excitement, magic and grandeur of the original for our times."
Interesting Facts :
"This set is a compact anthology, of worth to anyone who enjoys collecting works of Hindu mythology" "This set is a compact anthology, of worth to anyone who enjoys collecting works of Hindu mythology" Ramesh Menon is a well-known authority on religious Hindu texts
About the Author :
Ramesh Menon was born in 1951 in New Delhi. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Hong Kong, Bengaluru and Jakarta, and now lives in Kodaikanal. He has recently published a modern translation of the Ramayana
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