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Mahabharata Hardcover – January 1, 2007
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Rating: Excellent I have read the book 6 times & am still reading it & everytime I read it I feel as if I am reading it for the first time. The style of writing is so simple & lucid & you can feel as if the scenes are taking place in front of you. It really is a great book & everybody must read it. --Arpita Chowdhury
Rating: Good I enjoyed every moment of this book. I felt that the characters came alive and that the story was riveting. I could hardly put it down. It made me wish that I could read Sanskrit and enjoy the full poem. --Simon Perry
The Mahabharata is not a mere epic;it is a romance,telling the tale of heroic men and women and of some who are divine;it is a whole literature itself,containing a code of life,a philosophy of social and ethical relations,and spectacular thought on human problems that is hard to rival;but,above all,it has for it's core with Gita,which is,as the world is beginning to find out,the noblest of scriptures and the grandest of sagas the climax of which is reached in the wondrous Apocalypse in the Eleventh Canto.Through such books alone,the harmonies underlying true culture,I am convinced,will one day reconcile the disorders of modern life. To the English reader,this volume will bring home the validity of the comment made by generations of Indian authors that "what is not there is nowhere to be found." --Dr.K.M.Munshi
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Smt kamala Subramaniam is known to amazonians for her two excellent works "Saundarya Lahari" and "Srimad Bhagavatam" both well known classics in Indian scriptures.She has devoted the best part of her life in translating the best of Hindu scriptures.
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There is violence in it, as it is not only an epic retelling of a historical series of events, it is also the metaphor for what is happening in the consciousness of all souls - the pulls between our material desires (represented by the Kauravas) and our aspirations to reclaim our divine nature (represented by Krishna and the Pandavas). It is a battleground, and the tale represents that struggle well - but there is no gratuitous violence or sensationalism anywhere in the writing.
I've raised my children with this book, and now give it as gifts to grandchildren and other intelligent young people. They get captivated by the epic story, while absorbing the great spiritual truths contained in this book.
This is by far the best translation I have encountered, and I have checked out many others.
The first 25-40 pages, or so, are arcane and a bit hard to follow. But after that the Pandavas and Kurus enter the stage and it's a good read.
The binding and printing are of poor quality. The binding will fall apart if you travel with this book or it gets heavy use. But it's still a great book and a great translation.