The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata The complete unabridged Mahabharata The Mahabharata is one of the greatest stories ever told Though the basic plot is widely known there is much to the epic than the dispute between Kouravas and Pan

  • Title: The Mahabharata
  • Author: Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bibek Debroy
  • ISBN: 9780143100140
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • The complete, unabridged Mahabharata The Mahabharata is one of the greatest stories ever told Though the basic plot is widely known, there is much to the epic than the dispute between Kouravas and Pandava that led to the battle in Kur uk shetra It has innumerable sub plots that accommodate fascinating meanderings and digressions, and it has rarely been translated inThe complete, unabridged Mahabharata The Mahabharata is one of the greatest stories ever told Though the basic plot is widely known, there is much to the epic than the dispute between Kouravas and Pandava that led to the battle in Kur uk shetra It has innumerable sub plots that accommodate fascinating meanderings and digressions, and it has rarely been translated in full, given its formidable length of 80,000 shlokas or couplets The magnificent 10 volume unabridged translation of the epic is based on the Critical Edition compiled at the Bhandakar Research Institue Volume 2 consists of the last part of the Adi Parva, the complete Sabha Parva and the early part of the Vana Parva The story covers Arjuna s stay in the forest his marriage to Subhadra the burning of the Khandava forest the Pandavas building the assembly hall and conquering the world Yudhishthira s crowning as emperor Duryodhana s envy at the Pandavas prosperity the two games with the dice Droupadi s disrobing Arjuna s encounter with Shiva and ends with the Nala and Damayanti story Every conceivable human emotion figures in the Mahabharata, the reason why the epic continues to hold sway over our imagination In this lucid, nuanced and confident translation, Bibek Debroy makes the Mahabharata marvellously accessible to contemporary readers.

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    1. The Humiliation of Draupadithis is one of the many articles I've written based on this book in the New Indian express - slightly modifiedAfter losing all material possessions in the dice game with Shakuni (who is playing on Duryodhana’s behalf), Yudhistir begins to bet his relations. Nakul, Sehadeva, Bhima, Arjun, and then Yudhistir himself, are staked and lost. The last bet is Draupadi.This is perhaps the most crucial point in the whole story - the utter humiliation of Draupadi in a sabha ful [...]

    2. This series of Mahabharata book is way too hard to read. But once you read, you will get the elation of completing a mammoth task and feel happy. Mahabharata Critical Sanskrit edition translation works by Bibek Debory is an amazing feat and every one should appreciate the effort that he has put in drafting this book. This volume 2 speaks about the Pandavas defeat in the Dyuta game i.e. the game of dice and their exile to the forest for 12 years. The book also covers some other stories that are c [...]

    3. I have been waiting for a translation of the critical edition of the Mahabharat (MBh). Mr Bibebk Debroy deserves special appreciation from all for the mammoth task he undertook despite being a professional and occupied with making a living as an economist.The language is simple and the translator does not confuse us with lengthy explanations and back and forth referrals; any confusion arising out of the translation is implicit in the text. His introduction too is simple and frank; I am grateful [...]

    4. This is the second volume of the author's unabridged translation of the Mahabharata, published in April 2011. It starts off from where the first volume had ended, naturally so, and completes the "Adi Parva", contains the entire "Sabha Parva", and contains about a quarter of the third parva, "Aranyaka". As per the 100-parva classification of the Mahabharata, this contains Parvas 16-32 ("Arjuna-vanavasa" to "Indralokabhigamana" parvas). Interestingly enough, the book starts off with Arjuna having [...]

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