What is not here is nowhere else

... Yannehasti na Tadkvacit, is the subtitle of a 2005 Munshiram Manoharlal publication, the proceedings of a conference held in 2001 at Concordia University, Montreal, and edited by T S Rukmani, The Mahabharata. This book, a collection of essays by scholars reputed in the area of Mahabharata studies, goes beyond religion and philosophy to explore the hermeneutics of dharma, others which try to analyze different characters from many perspectives. These include dating of the Kuruksetra War using latest computer technology, the birth of the Pandavas and the Kauravas in modern bioethical terms, and many other topics as well....

The Mahbharata has been fertile ground for many, and one excellent set of essays was put together by B K Matilal in Moral Dilemmas in the Mahabharata, treating "the Mahabharata from an unusual angle, fastening on the moral dilemmas it presents. How universal are the dilemmas faced by the characters in the story, and are the dilemmas in fact resolved? In dealing with these questions, the discussions range over the meaning of the Purusarthas, the institutions of marriage and the family, the concept of action in the Gita and the special predicaments faced by Draupadi, Arjuna and others. These studies invite the scholar to reflect afresh on an epic text and encourage the general reader to find in epic literature much that is relevant to life today.

Orient Longman has brought out the paperback version of Chaturvedi Badrinath's The Mahabharata. "This book is a scholarly treatise on the subject of Indian philosophy and is also written by one of its foremost and most well-known proponents. Chaturvedi Badrinath shows that the Mahabharata is the most systematic inquiry into the human condition. Its principal concern is the relationship of the self with the self and with the other. This book not only proves the universality of the themes explored in the Mahabharata, but also how this great epic provides us with a method to understand the human condition itself. "


And a
n old favourite...The Sahitya Akademi award-winning Yuganta by Irawati Karve, and published by Diksha Books as well as by Orient Longman in a new edition. The moral dilemmas, the emotional complexities, made most accessible by the wonderful writing style of Irawati Karwe- the book was originally written in Marathi and translated by her into English. There is much to learn from the book and from the persuasive analysis and interpretation offered by Karwe. One result of this is the excellent play by Saoli Mitra, Five Lords, yet none a protector (published by Stree, Kolkata). Translated from the Bengali Nathabati Ananthabat, the play is about Draupadi who while being married to the five royal Pandav brothers, is defenceless even in their presence and is sexually humiliated by the Kauravs, her husbands’ cousins and rival claimants for the throne. In Timeless Tales (Katha Amritasaman), Mitra considers the awesome destruction of an age and the Tragedy of the royal women: Satyavati; Amba, Ambika and Ambalika who were abducted by Bhisma for his half brothers; Kunti, Gandhari, and Draupadi.

All the above titles and more related books on the Mahabharata are featured on our site. And the Mahabharata itself. Translated from the Sanskrit by Kisari Mohan Ganguli, in 4 volumes, 4900 pages. Another classic publication of MRML.

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