The Mahabharata: A Modern Rendering, Volume 2

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iUniverse, 2006 - Fiction - 600 pages
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The Mahabharata is the more recent of India's two great epics, and by far the longer. First composed by the Maharishi Vyasa in verse, it has come 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 south-east Asia. At 100,000 couplets, it is seven times as long as the Iliad and the Odyssey combined: far and away the greatest recorded epic known to man. The Mahabharata is the very Book of Life: in its variety, majesty and, also, in 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 5000 years ago, and the events that led to it. The war on Kurukshetra sees ten million warriors slain, brings the dwapara yuga to an end, and ushers in a new and sinister age: this present kali yuga, modern times. At the heart of the Mahabharata nestles the Bhagavad Gita, the Song of God. Senayor ubhayor madhye, between two teeming armies, Krishna expounds 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 is 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 brings the epic to the contemporary reader in sparkling modern prose. It brings alive all the excitement, magic, and grandeur of the original - for our times.
 

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I was quite impressed with the readability of this one. I cannot attest to its verbal accuracy, but it does a good job of allowing you to get through, enjoy, and understand this massive epic. Read full review

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Contents

ONE The council in Upaplavya
3
TWO A choice for two kshatriyas
9
THREE Everyone seems to know me
14
FOUR The two armies
17
FIVE The messengers
21
SIX The Pandavas reply
29
SEVEN A blind kings terror
34
EIGHT Sanjaya delivers a message
42
SEVENTEEN The sound of Krishnas conch
280
EIGHTEEN Terrible Satyaki
284
NINETEEN Yudhishtiras anxiety
287
TWENTY Bheema arrives
291
TWENTYONE Karna and Bheema
295
TWENTYTWO Satyaki and Bhoorisravas
299
TWENTYTHREE The setting sun
303
TWENTYFOUR The war at night
307

NINE Not land to cover the point of a needle
47
TEN A second council in Upaplavya
53
ELEVEN Krishna arrives in Hastinapura
59
TWELVE In Viduras house
63
THIRTEEN In the court of Hastinapura
66
FOURTEEN Duryodhana and Krishna
70
FIFTEEN I am not alone
76
SIXTEEN Krishna and Karna
81
SEVENTEEN The Pandava Senapati
87
EIGHTEEN The Kaurava Senapati
91
NINETEEN On the banks of Yamuna
94
TWENTY Come away to your brothers
98
TWENTYONE For love of his friend
100
TWENTYTWO Balarama and Rukmi
104
TWENTYTHREE Ulukas embassy
107
BOOK SIX1 Bheeshma Parva
111
ONE Sanjayas gift
112
TWO Kurukshetra
116
THREE A moment of crisis
120
FOUR The Bhagavad Gita
124
FIVE The Song of God
129
SIX The Bhagavad Gita
133
SEVEN The Bhagavad Gita
137
EIGHT The Song of God
141
NINE The Bhagavad Gita
144
TEN The ghastly war
149
two kraunchas
153
the eagle and the crescent
158
Bheema and his son
163
FOURTEEN The fifth and sixth days
168
many duels
174
the field of death
179
SEVENTEEN Duryodhanas despair
184
the terrible patriarch
188
NINETEEN The last night of an age
195
TWENTY The tenth morning
202
TWENTYONE The bed of arrows
206
TWENTYTWO I never hated you
212
ONE Drona Senapati
219
TWO The eleventh day
222
THREE Susharma
226
FOUR Bhagadattas elephant
228
FIVE An ancient and his beast
233
SIX Dronas vow
236
SEVEN The chakra vyuha
239
EIGHT Jayadrathas moment
242
NINE Abhimanyu
245
TEN Arjunas vow
249
ELEVEN Jayadrathas terror
255
TWELVE Arjunas dream
260
THIRTEEN The three vyuhas
264
FOURTEEN Arjuna the magnificent
267
FIFTEEN At the rim of the red lotus
271
SIXTEEN Deep into the enemys army
275
TWENTYFIVE Karna Kripa and Aswatthama
314
TWENTYSIX Awesome Karna
317
TWENTYSEVEN Ghatotkacha rules the night
323
TWENTYEIGHT Indras Shakti
328
TWENTYNINE Drona
333
THIRTY One white lie
338
THIRTYONE Recriminations
347
THIRTYTWO Narayanastra
352
ONE Senapati Karna
359
TWO Many duels
363
THREE The lucid night
365
FOUR Shalya
368
FIVE The two brothers
371
SIX In Yudhishtiras tent
376
SEVEN The tastiest drink
380
EIGHT Karna and Arjuna
384
NINE The mired wheel
388
TEN The sorrowing Sun
393
ELEVEN Out under the moon
396
ONE Kripa and his sishya
401
TWO Tameless Shalya
405
THREE The last men
409
FOUR The Dwaipayana lake
412
FIVE Magnificent Duryodhana
416
SIX The two cousins
419
SEVEN At Samantapanchaka
422
EIGHT The clarity of Krishna
426
ONE In Hastinapura
433
TWO The white owls lesson
437
THREE The savage camp
442
FOUR Aswatthamas jewel
448
ONE With Dhritarashtra and Gandhari
455
TWO Gandharis curse
459
THREE Tarpana for a kshatriya
463
ONE Yudhishtiras grief
469
TWO A new king in Hastinapura
474
THREE The dying patriarch
478
FOUR Bheeshmas wisdom1
482
FIVE Dharma
490
SIX The passing of a patriarch
496
ONE Krishna says farewell
501
TWO The Aswamedha yagna
504
ONE The passing of the elders
517
ONE Ritual at Prabhasa
529
TWO Krishna
535
THREE Arjunas anguish
537
ONE The final journey
543
ONE The law of heaven
551
Phalasruti
555
APPENDIX
557
Glossary
573
About the Author
593
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Ramesh Menon is a Staff Engineer at NARUS, Inc. Prior to NARUS, Ramesh was a Staff Engineer at SGI representing SGI in the OpenMP forum. He was the founding Chairman of the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) & supervised the writing of the first OpenMP specifications.

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