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The Puffin Mahabharata

The Puffin Mahabharata
$31.00
Item Code: NAG869
Author: Namita Gokhale
Publisher: Puffin Books
Language: English
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 9780143333005
Pages: 196 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 10 inch X 8 inch
weight of the book: 870 gms

About the Book

 

‘The Mahabharata is truly one of the greatest stories ever told. Namita Gokhale’s rendition makes for compelling reading, because it retains t he essential structure of the narrative without diluting its epic proportions. This book is the best gift for children who wish to discover and enjoy the wisdom and mythology of ancient India’

 

A long, long time ago, in the ancient lands of India, known in those days as Bharatvarsha, a family quarrel grew into a bloody war. There had been wars before, and there have been wars since, but that mighty battle between warring cousins of the Kuru clan has become a part of the mythology and history of India. Told and retold a million times, the story of the Mahabharata is about defeat as much as victory, about humility as much as courage. It is the greatest story ever told.’

 

Like a modern-day suta or storyteller, Namita Gokhale brings alive India’s richest literary treasure with disarming ease and simplicity She retells this timeless tale of mortals and immortals and stories within stories, of valour, deceit, glory and despair, for today’s young reader in a clear, contemporary style.

 

A brilliant series of evocative and thoughtful illustrations by painter and animator Suddhasattwa Basu brings the epic to life in a vibrant visual feast.

 

Matchless in its content and presentation, The Puffin Mahabharata is a book that will be cherished by readers of all ages.

 

About the Author

 

Namita Gokhale is a multi-faceted Indian novelist and publisher, and the author of Paro: Dreams if Passion (1984), Gods, Graves and Grandmother (1994), A Himalavan Love Story (1996), The Book if Shadows (1999), The Book if Shiva (2001) and Shakuntala: The play if Memory (2005), all published by Penguin India. In her forthcoming anthology In Search of Sita, she re-examines the figure of Sita in both mythic and modern contexts.

 

The Puffin Mahabharata is her first book for young readers.

 

Contents

 

Tile story of the Mahabharata

1

The goddess ganga

4

Satyawati

7

Devavrata’s vow

8

The story of amba

11

The birth of karna

14

The birth of the pandavas

17

The birth of the kauravas

18

Pandu’s death

19

Kripa and drona

20

The lessons of dronacharya

22

The plot to kill bhima

26

The test of strength

28

The wax palace

31

The padavas’ escape

35

Mourning in hastinapura

36

Hidimb and hidimbi

37

Vakasura

41

Draupadi’s swayamvara

44

The retur from exile

49

Indraprastha

52

The khandava forest

53

The palace of maya

57

The rajasuya yagna

57

The death of jarasandha

60

At the yagna

63

Duryodhana visits the mayasabha

65

The game of dice

67

The second exile

73

The departure

75

Arjuna’s travels

77

At indraloka

81

Urvashi

83

The pandavas’ wanderings

85

The battle with the gandharvas

87

Plotting revenge

91

The exploits of jayadratha

93

The lake of questions

95

The year of disguise

100

Keechaka

104

The cattle wars

106

Arjuna in the battlefield

109

The return to virata

115

Karna’s genero sity

118

Negotiations

121

Krishna and karna

127

Before the battle

131

Arjuna’s hesitation

133

The bed of arrows

137

The chakravyuh

139

Avenging abhimanyu

142

Ghatotkacha

145

The death of drona

148

Dusasana’s death

154

Karna’s last battle

155

The defeat of duryodhana

159

Ashwathama’s revenge

163

Gandhari’ s curse

164

Kunti and her sons

166

The death of bhishma

168

A new beginning

170

The destruction of dwarka

172

The worlds beyond

176

 

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