Wednesday, June 25, 2008

On the mythological trail

This seems to be a period of epics. First it was Krishnavatara by K.M.Munshi. Then it was Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok Banker (volume 1 of the Ramayana). This was followed by Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (the Mahabharatha as narrated by Draupadi) and now, I am onto Parva by S.L. Bhyrappa (the Mahabharatha told in the words and thoughts of the various characters, such as Bhima, Kunti, Draupadi etc.,). What will it be next - Mrityunjaya by Shivaji Sawant (Karna's Mahabharatha)? Or will it be Kisari Mohan Ganguli's translation of the Mahabharatha? Whatever it is, I can't wait to finish Parva - Bhyrappa's narrative is gripping and the depths he delves into the hearts of the characters is unmatched. Also, there is the added joy of reading a book in ಕನ್ನಡ - ನನ್ನ ಭಾಷೆ ಕನ್ನಡ - after many many years.

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