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The book that changed it all!

April 27, 2011

Back when I was a kid, probably in my 7th or 8th standard, I “discovered” a book in my grandfather’s collection and I then spent a better part of 3 years reading it again and again and again. I was inexplicably drawn to that book; and poured over it night and day. I also tried reading different versions of the epic by other authors but it never quite felt the same!

I enjoyed the lucid flow of the book; liked the heroes in the tale; loved a few characters; and moreover, experienced the Great War….almost like Sanjaya; almost because poor Sanjaya had to describe (Sanjaya uvaacha!) the war to a few blind folks in the palace unlike me, who didn’t have to uvaachify at all!

But I lost touch with the book after that.

Last week, I bought myself a copy of the very same book on Amazon and received it today. Let me see if it will ignite the same passion as it did eons back! I don’t think I will be using my laptop until I find out…………

(The Mahabharata by Kamala Subramaniam)

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2011 4:41 am


    You know, I never got around to more than 3-4 pages of the copy of Mahabharata at home… it was way to complex, I had to switch to Shakespeare to feel better 😛

    “Uuvaachify” ?! 😆

    So, you King of contradictions and exceptions… who wouldn’t touch the laptop till he reads… how did you post? 😈 :mrgreen:

    *checking if all popular smileys have been used*

    Check. My comment is complete. Happy Reading!

    • April 27, 2011 8:31 am

      ROFL!! 😀 Touche, cunny sis!! :mrgreen:

    • OG permalink*
      April 27, 2011 5:19 pm

      well, you are not supposed to take the sentence literally ! 🙂

  2. April 27, 2011 6:18 am

    Childhood memories stay so fresh in our minds that we really want to go back and touch and see, if it feels the same. I love Mahabharata too….waiting to see if this book satisfies ur quest for “Sanjaya uvacha” now… 😉

    I am waiting to read “Jaya”…..lemme see when I’ll get hold of that book. 🙂

  3. April 27, 2011 7:28 am

    I find the Mahabharata so complicated, that I eventually stop reading it after the first few chapters. Just too many charachters … me thinks

    • OG permalink*
      April 27, 2011 5:20 pm

      hey Aathira, try reading this one…….

  4. April 27, 2011 11:02 am

    Good on you man, you bought this! Will be handy for your kids to read and also for you to recite to them. It has a never ending collection of tales, doesn’t it?

    • OG permalink*
      April 27, 2011 5:21 pm

      kids? ok when that happens, yes probably will do so………
      but seriously dude, it is the greatest tale ever as you say!

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