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The Mahabharata: A Modern Rendering (In 2 Volumes)

Ramesh Menon (Author)

The Mahabharata is the more recent of India 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 couples it is seven times as long as the Iliad and the odyssey combined far and away the greatest recorded epic know to man.

The Mahabharata is 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 uhers in a new ans sinister age this present Kali Yuga or modern times.

At the heart of the Mahabharata nestles the Bhagavad Gita the song of god. Senay or ubhayor madh ye between two teeming arise Krishna expound 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 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 bring the epic to the contemporary redder in sparkling modern prose. It brings alive all the excitement magic and grandeur of the original for our times.

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About the author

Ramesh Menon

Ramesh Menon was born in 1951 in new Delhi. He attended St Columba’s and St Xavier’s High Schools, and St. Stephen’s College. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Hong Kong, Bangalore and Jakarta, and now lives in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. He is the author of two previous books – Blue God: A Life of Krishna and The Hunt for K, a novel.

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Title The Mahabharata: A Modern Rendering (In 2 Volumes)
Author Ramesh Menon
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2004
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 9788129114921
length 1594p., 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch