Book Review: Marvels and Mysteries of the Mahabharata
‘Marvels and Mysteries of the Mahabharata: Probing the Folds of India’s Epochal Tradegy’ by Abhijit Basu seeks to delve into a few of its mysterious facets of the great epic, in turn providing insightful explanations for the assortment of the astonishing incidents and mysteries and in turn shed some light on the widespread significance of the age-old, yet timeless, epic.
The many interpretations of the books and their amazing authors are a whole new read. Also, the similarities between the Sumerian, the Greek and the Indian epics is another story in itself, which the author skilfully deals with in the narrative.
The unique splendour of the Mahabharata is that the classic displays humankind in all its grandeur as well as fierceness with no characters is justly good or bad with this is the one lovely hardback on the restating of Mahabharatha which one and all will care for to understand. In fact there is a saying in Bangla: Ja Nayi Bharate (Mahabharat), Ta Nayi Bharate (India).
In a finely explored volume, the author retains the book lover’s curiosity, lightly recites the intricate intrigues in words that moves from clear-cut and expressive, packing into dealings of a thousand years in sheets while intensifying a few instants of an era to a good extent.
The correlations between the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and the time factors in both these great epics of India are quite a revelation. For anyone interested in mythology, the book can come in handy.
It is no mean feat to condense a great epic of the proportion of Mahabharata in 200 odd pages. There are all the elements of the Mahabharata, its interpretations by both Indians and Westerners and the histories, with of course the names and places with a glossary, which I loved. The summary of the mysteries and marvels on the back cover helps a reader decide an order of reading.
Overall, the author manages to make an academic book enjoyable. And that is what matters in the end.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
About the author:
Abhijit Basu is a post graduate in Chemistry from Calcutta University; Basu started penning the books after a career of Civil Services. He retired as a financial administrator in 2010. He has earlier penned books including Prophets, Poets & Philosopher- Kings and Processes Controlling the Composition of Clastic Sediments.
I am thankful to Leadstart Publishing for providing me with a review copy of the book.
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