As a child I remember my Grand mother telling me stories of Mahabharatha. During summer holidays, I would sleep next to her in the afternoons and ask her for stories-even when I was in college and she would tell me some ‘Upakathe’ from the Mahabharatha. I had always been fascinated about it and always thought that I should read it sometime – sometime according to me was when I had grown old and was ready for parayana 🙂
Then I began to blog, began to read SnS (Im not getting that exact book review link 😦 )and her reviews of the Mahabharatha books she read began to inspire. So,I asked her and began to look out for the Mahabharatha books. I got hooked on to them so much so that the Husband has begun to tease me that I can write my own books with the amount of ‘research’ Im doing on Mahabharatha 😀
Here’s what I have read so far:
a. Jaya by Devdutt Patnaik -Easy read, not too much text and some explanations given here and there on the rituals. Still some phrases like “Put his seed in a jar” are quite jarring and kind of go back to unexplained territory. For someone who cant read too much text, this book about sums up entire Mahabharatha.
b. Palace Of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Diwakaruni- First book on Mahabharatha that I read and to say the least-I LOVED it. Draupadi’s view is very refreshing and some stories there area completely new.
c. The MBA series (The Forest of Stories and The Seeds of War released now) – Ashok Banker – Slow read and sometimes I find that there is too much detail on so many rishi munis who might not be actually connected to the main story that it gets kind of boring.
d. Mahabharatha – Ramesh Menon – Best of the lot – 2 big books full of information and extremely interesting read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and there were so many small stories that I remember my Granny having told me and more new ones. I just couldnt put it down until I finished and when it did finish I wanted more! Too good…
Any more suggestions on the Mahabharatha books? Ofcourse Im going to read all the MBA series and also thinking of picking up the ‘Krishna Coriolis’ series from Ashok Banker next.
Next big read – Ramayana – This again, Im no great fan of Rama but SnS has convinced me that its worth reading and so am going to pick this one up.