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Lord Ganesha writing Mahabharata in the form of a poem on the recitation of Ved Vyasa

"Mahabharata" is considered to be one of the greatest epics of the world, and if you're looking to read it with respect to different angles, then you must start reading the below mentioned books. These books are written by keeping in mind different angles and situations of Mahabharata.

1. Yayati by Girish Karnad


Karnad's play, "Yayati", is based on one of the incidents which took place in Mahabharata. In this episode, Yayati, who was one of the ancestors of the Pandavas, was given the curse of premature old age by his father-in-law, Shukracharya, who was infuriated by Yayati's infidelity. It was said that this curse could only be redeemed if someone would exchange his youth with Yayati, and to this, his son, Pooru made the sacrifice. Though, this episode is not given much importance, but it must be acknowledged that this episode did had a great role to play in Mahabharata.

2. Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik

Not many are aware of the fact that Mahabharata was originally known as "Jaya". In this book, the author puts forward lesser known facts about the great epic. At the same, Pattanaik in this book has drawn a vivid spectrum of characters, and has written about how the behaviour of every character led to the Great Battle. Well, there's a thing about Pattanaik's writing, that it keeps the reader engaged till the very end. So, if you're looking to get deeper in the story of Mahabharata, then you must read this marvellous book.

3. Yajnaseni by Pratibha Ray

This book is written by Draupadi's perspective, and tells the story of Mahabharata with a feminist view. We all know that Draupadi was the most fascinating and suffering character from the epic. So in this book, Ray tried to write about Draupadi's thought process and her mindset during the whole tale. In fact, it is often seen how Draupadi is blamed for the war which took place, but Ray in this book unveils what Draupadi as a queen and a woman went through.

4. Ajaya: Epic of the Kaurava Clan by Anand Neelkantan

This book by Anand Neelkantan is the narrative of the Kauravas. Interestingly, Kauravas were known to be unconquerable. The book comes in two parts: Book I- Roll of the Dice and Book II- The Rise of Kali. What really makes the book worth reading is the fact that it is retelling the story of Mahabharata by the defeated party, and this is something which is rare. You may find books on Arjuna, Krishna, or even Bhima, but you won't be able to find books on Duryodhana, and this is that rare book.

5. The Difficulty of Being Good by Gurcharan Das

In this book, the author studies all the characters of the Mahabharata in order to analyse and answer the noble question of 'why be good'. The author, at the same time, trued to show that the experiences and moral blurriness of the characters is somewhat closer to our experiences as normal human beings. Interestingly, each chapter in the book looks at a different character from the epic, analyses various episode from the epic, and evaluates the morality of the situation.


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