The Mahabharata is the greatest epic of Sanskrit tradition, and it is a story of love, jealousy and the human spirit. This is the third volume in Bibek Debroy’s unabridged translation of the original work by Veda Vyasa.
Summary of the Book
Tricked by their greedy cousins, the Pandavas have no recourse but to go into exile. They journey to various places of pilgrimage, and along the way, they meet several prominent figures out of Indian mythology. Among them are Agastya, Rishyashringa, Kartavirya, Sukanya and Chyavana, Mandhata, Jantu, Shibi, Ashtavakra, Yavakrita, Jatasura, and Markandeya. Covering the Vana Parva, Bibek Debroy masterfully continues the epic saga he began. Relive the magic of one of the greatest epics of mankind as he describes how Arjuna slayed the Nachiketa monsters, how the Kauravas were defeated by the Gandharvas and then released by the Pandavas. Then, follow the Pandavas as they hunt down Jayadratha who kidnapped their wife, the beautiful Draupadi. Finally, understand the meaning of truth and integrity as Karna knowingly hands over the gifts of his divine father into the hands of his enemy’s father, accepting mortality and vulnerability for the sake of charity. This translation is based on the Critical Edition compiled at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute.
About Bibek Debroy
Bibek Debroy is an Indian author and economist. Currently a professor at the Centre for Policy Research, he is best associated with his books on economics.
He began translating the Mahabharata into modern English prose into 10 volumes in 2010, of which eight have been published so far.
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