Epic Retold attempts to pass a camel through the eye of a needle by rewriting the longest epic in the world using one of its shortest vehicles. The Mahabharata is the story of a war: bitter, poignant, devastating. Told here from the perspective of Bhima, Epic Retold makes a fierce antiwar statement. It is complex experiment that was originally micro-blogged on the Internet: a grand old epic reinterpreted for a new generation.
Chindu Sreedharan is an accidental academic, a journalist who strayed into academia and stayed. He worked for The Sunday Observer, Rediff.com and India Abroad before moving to the UK in 2003. A severe social media addict, he now teaches and researches journalism at Bournemouth University, England. Chindu blogs at chindu.net and tweets as @chindu and @epicretold.
I have been following @epicretold on Twitter for some years now... and when the tweeter turned author, I had to buy the book too! Based on Prem Panicker's Bhimsen, it's a vigorous, fresh take on the tale. Imagine Bhima tweeting...this is what Chindu Sreedharan's been doing some years now! I have read a few versions of the world's allegedly longest poem and following this author's Twitter feeds led me to a few more.