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FOREST OF STORIES : MAHABHARAT SERIES BOOK ONE (English)

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FOREST OF STORIES : MAHABHARAT SERIES BOOK ONE (English) (Paperback) Price: Rs. 148

The Forest Of Stories (Book 1)  is the first in the series of books written by Ashok Banker on the great Indian epic, The Mahabharata.


Summary Of The Book

The story starts in forest of Naimisha, which is the setting for the narration of a part of the great epic, The Mahabharata, in this book. This book is the first in a series of around 18 books planned by the author in his bid to retell the Indian legend, and the story is carried forward by its subsequent sequels, The Seeds of War and The Children of Midnight.


The book begins when members of Kulapati Shaunaka’s ashram are startled with the arrival of a weary traveller. He turns out to be Ugrasrava Lomarsana, a Suta Pauranika, a reciter of histories and epics. He is also called Sauti, and is a disciple of Sage Vyasa himself. He brings the sad news of the death of the great Vyasa.


The sages at the ashram greet him with affection and respect, offer some food to eat, and give him time to recover from his long journey. Eventually, they ask him to recite to them the great epic composed by Vyasa. Sauti obliges and begins the story. Just like in the great epic, the beginning of the story is entirely disconnected from the crux of the great epic and its central characters.


The main characters are summed up in a small introduction by Sauti. Then the story branches out. It starts with the story of creation and then goes on to trace the lineages and stories of the various races that have been created - Nagas, Yakshas, Asuras, Devas, and humans.


The story of Parashurama is told in detail in this book. It begins with the stealing of the holy cow, Kamadhenu, from Sage Jamadhagni’s Ashram. It then goes on to narrate how the great Sage Jamadhagni is then killed by the king Arjuna Kartavirya’s sons. Parashurama vows his terrible vengeance, and sets out to wipe the entire generation of Kshatriyas off the face of the earth.


This book also describes the great Sarpa Yaga conducted by Parikshit’s son Janamejaya to avenge his father’s death and destroy all the snakes in the world. As foretold, this Yagna does not really succeed in what it sets out to do. The other story shared in this book is the well-known one of Shakuntala and Dushyanta, the couple that started the Bharata clan.


Through its varied stories that cover a range of different races and times, The Forest Of Stories (Book 1) sets the tone for the vastness and splendour of The Mahabharata.


About Ashok K. Banker

 

Ashok Banker is an author, and he is best known for his Ramayana Series, a fantastic retelling of the ancient epic that combines the traditional story with sci-fi and fantasy elements. The series was a bestseller and even spawned a TV series.


He has also written other traditional Hindu stories in the same style, and some of his books include Bridge of Rama, Siege of Mithila, King of Ayodhya, Demons of Chitrakut, Prince of Ayodhya, The Valmiki Syndrome: Finding the Work-Life Balance, Gods of War, and Bollywood.


In his retelling of The Mahabharata, Ashok Banker has refrained from modifying the story to cover other genres. The Forest of Stories (Book 1) is just a straightforward retelling of the original story. The story is narrated in his dynamic style, and this book serves as an excellent introduction to the series for the younger generations.


Ashok Banker lives with his family in Mumbai.

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Publisher Westland
ISBN-10 9381626375
Number of Pages 376 Pages
Publication Year 2012
Language English
ISBN-13 9789381626375
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swagat

Mar 23, 2014

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interesting reading

some parts are too much detailed. it is difficult to remember so many names. otherwise, it was interesting to know about various stories related to parasurama, Janmejaya, garuda, satyavati, shakuntala, parikshit, and many others. overall, it is a good book and keep you hooked if you are interested … (View complete review)
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Surya Narayanan

Feb 25, 2014

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A Good Read for History lovers

Really good read and for someone who would love real epic over modified stories will love it. The way it has been put forth is appreciable, waiting for the third part of the MBA series.
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Shashank Sharma

Jan 20, 2013

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Surprisingly engrossing

I've always enjoyed the Mahabharata as a more enthralling tale that the Ramayana. As a kid, I used to sift through my grandmother's tome and read in random bits. I followed Ashok Banker's Ramayana series, and quite appreciated its modern re-telling and rather racy narrative, so I was quite excited t… (View complete review)
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Kushal Abrol

Dec 28, 2012

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Certainly Not "Yet Another Book"

Even if you have watched, heard or read the Mahabharata many times in different forms, you will still have much more to learn and experience through this book by Ashok K. Banker.

The book elaborates many of the lesser discussed tales and mysteries of the Mahabharata in a descriptive and cap…
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Shaunak De

Nov 13, 2012

Engaging, Thrilling, Timeless

This is an interesting retelling of one of India's greatest classics. It is faithful to the original, and complete in every sense. Its not a simple translation, but a recreation of the epic.

The Mahabharat is a story of human nature. And the unchanging nature of the subject makes it timeles…
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Jeevak Shetty

Feb 27, 2012

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a very mature read.....

I still remember the first time i read the "Prince of Ayodhya". I just couldnt put the book down!!! I finished it in a day and a half and the next day i went back to the library and borrowed "siege of mithila" I was not disappointed. In the same voracious manner i devoured the whole Ramayan series and instead of being satiated i craved for more and more (gluttony, in this case, is not a sin!!!). I bought three of the Krishna Series and I'm nearly done with them....
The MBA, on the other hand, was not what i expected....
To be fair to the author, he has warned us in the Introduction and…
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Aryan Vaid

Jul 17, 2012

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Aryavarta brought alive!!

I first discovered Ashok Banker's Prince of Ayodhya in my school's library and since then I have eagerly read all of his works. His Ramayana, Krishna Coriolis and now the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata is his magnum opus as he deftly strings together one story after the other. I loved it. In fact, some of the stories mentioned here are completely new to me which enthralled me. Go and pick this up now!!
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Bidisha Sen-Desai

Mar 12, 2012

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Wonderfully written

Pre-ordered this book from Flipkart, received it on the first day of it's release! wonderfully crafted stories taken from Mahabharata..flawless style of writing keeps the readers spellbound till the last page. This book is definitely worth reading. I am eagerly waiting for the part 2 of the MBA series...
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Aritra Biswas

Jun 20, 2012

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A re-telling of some classic stories. Very enjoyable read.

This book is not the Ramayana. And it is not written in the same style in which Mr. Banker wrote the Ramayana. Whereas the Ramayana flows from one book to the other in seamless perfection, this epic endeavor is written like a collection (indeed, a forest) of stories. Do not be too disheartened by that though. There is enough in this book to make for an absorbing reading experience.

This is the author’s telling of the great epic. This much he has stated in the introduction. And he has chosen to tell it via the narration of one of the characters in his tale. This has the effect of givin…
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Rahul Rajagopal

Jun 4, 2012

Interesting Read!

I was introduced to the Mahabharatha epic through the evergreen Amar Chitra Katha vignettes and C Rajagopalachari's Mahabharatha. As a kid, the stories were sugar coated for my tastes and I was happy to gobble what ever was served

However this book seems to be a different version, where all the "goody goody" heavenly characters are portrayed as normal beings with all the regular misgivings any human being can have.

Truly enjoyed the parts in the book that told us the story of Parashurama and the tale of Dushyantha and Shakuntala. It was also interesting to see a lot of resear…
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Kushal Abrol

Dec 28, 2012

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Certainly Not "Yet Another Book"

Even if you have watched, heard or read the Mahabharata many times in different forms, you will still have much more to learn and experience through this book by Ashok K. Banker.

The book elaborates many of the lesser discussed tales and mysteries of the Mahabharata in a descriptive and captivating manner. Since this is the first book in the MBA Mahabharata series and there are, apparently, 17 more in line after this, the book begins with the stories not very commonly accepted as a part of the Mahbaharata. A reader impatient to jump to the Kaurava-Pandava feud might become restless re…
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Srinath

May 4, 2012

Just recieved the book

I just recieved the book.I don't know what kind of reputation this book have.I want Ashok K Banker to take me in a delightful and gripping story.No one should judge a book by it's cover but I do so I give it five stars only for it's attractive cover.
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Srredharan Srikanth

Apr 23, 2012

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A Boring Jungle

I was totally unimpressed by Banker's earlier books on "Ramayan" and "Bhagawath". In fact I was unable to read beyond the first 100 pages on his first episode o the Ramayan. In fact the only good thing about the books were the cover artwork.
Still, I honestly believed The Forest of Stories would be different. I was totally disappointed.
The Mahabharat has been translated by many people. Even the most dry translation has life in it. But Banker's version is so dead and lifeless. How can he so effectively use English to bore and make one sleepy. In fact C Rajagopalachari's simple render…
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swagat

Mar 23, 2014

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interesting reading

some parts are too much detailed. it is difficult to remember so many names. otherwise, it was interesting to know about various stories related to parasurama, Janmejaya, garuda, satyavati, shakuntala, parikshit, and many others. overall, it is a good book and keep you hooked if you are interested in Indian mythology.
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Surya Narayanan

Feb 25, 2014

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A Good Read for History lovers

Really good read and for someone who would love real epic over modified stories will love it. The way it has been put forth is appreciable, waiting for the third part of the MBA series.
 

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