Ashish Iyer Ujjwala wrote: "Finally. So which one is the next? Mansi could have skipped the needless intro para :P Apr 16, AM Shelves: , reviewed I started this book out of curiosity. I was curious to know what logical reasons S. Bhyrappa had tried to give in his book de-mythologizing the original tale in a believable way, which is quite a challenge in itself.

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A Narayanappa initially urged the author to write his conception of the Mahabharata as a novel. The author recounts that he finalized the decision to write Parva during a tour in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. He stayed at a village where polyandry was practiced. Further research revealed that the practice persisted in that region from the time of Draupadi. Bhyrappa recounts how this experience led him to briefly visit several places in North India mentioned in the original Mahabharata.

Bhyrappa subsequently moved to a new job in Mysore. In Parva Baredaddu, he narrates how the novel "stayed in his mind," and "forced" him to apply for unpaid vacation from work to begin research.

His research covered multiple perspectives including the historicity of the Mahabharata, geography of India or Bharatavarsha as it was then known , anthropological aspects of the time, techniques of warfare, and philosophical concepts. Bhyrappa visited most of the places listed in the epic over a period of more than a year.

He visited the Yadava capital Dwaraka now believed to be submerged [3] , Lothal , Rajasthan , Rajagriha , Kurukshetra , Old Delhi , and parts of the Panchala territory. Raghavendra Rao and named as Parva A tale of war, peace, love, death, god and man. Storyline[ edit ] The novel narrates the story of the Hindu epic Mahabharata mostly using monologue as a literary technique. Several principal characters found in the original Mahabharata reminisce almost their entire lives.

Both the setting and the context for the reminiscence is the onset of the Kurukshetra War. The novel begins with a conversation in the court of Madra desha.

It was the time when the preparations of war had just begun. The episode is followed by reminiscences of Kunti, Draupadi, Bheema and Arjuna. The next part of novel discusses the war from a rational view.


Parva (2009)

He lost his mother and brothers to Bubonic plague in his early childhood and took on odd jobs to pay for his education. During his childhood, he was influenced by the writings of Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar. Bhyrappa completed his primary education in Channarayapatna taluk before moving to Mysore where he completed the rest of his education. In his autobiography, Bhitti Wall he wrote that he took a break during his high school education. His sojourn led him to Mumbai , where he worked as a railway porter. In Mumbai he met a group of sadhus and joined them to seek spiritual solace. He wandered with them for a few months before returning to Mysore to resume his education[ citation needed ].


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