The Mahabharata meets modern Indian history in an intellectual roller coaster ride of a novel. In Shashi Tharoor’s satirical masterpiece, the story of the. About the Author. Shashi Tharoor was born in London and brought up in Bombay and Calcutta. A winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, he is the interim. Read Great Indian Novel book reviews & author details and more at general of the United Nations, Shashi Tharoor is the prize- winning, author of.

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That’s what the 2 stars are for, because I caught glimpses of good reasoning in a few pages that showed that his intentions were not bad. It’s never that easy to be a king And rule a populace; For popularity’s a fickle thing Which might easily gobble us. Ved Vyas sees a vision in which the Pandavas, Draupadi, and Krishna hike up a mountain. Karna is resolved to find other means of gaining power. Counterpart to the Mahabharata ‘ s indiann of Shalya. Subash Bose was B. Indra Deva becomes a lawyer and member of the Kaurava Party.

Visit our Help Pages. Zakir Hussain politicianthe third president of India, whose death sparked a struggle between Indira Gandhi and her Congress Party colleagues.

I liked the way ths story is narrated. Priya Duryodhani enters the conflict on the side of the Gelabins and the Gelabi Desh War results in the creation of a new nation-state. Join the beautiful Beth Cunningham during the days leading up to the Jacobite Rebellion of and her fight for survival in this historical romance. Arjun represents the quintessential Mediaperson of those days, Bhim – the Armyman and Krishna, I think is a reference to K Karunakaran, ex-Chief Tharior of Kerala who was known for his bhakti towards Krishna.

The Great Indian Novel Summary

Must have painted Nehru and Gandhi to be the heroes. For instance, Lahore becomes “Laslut” in this novel. Stealth and discretion are the means To employ in making plans; A clever king, though, thw leans In trust on another man’s.


Must have written this during the emergency period,” Pongalswamy exclaimed. Gripping historical war fiction set in 19th century India.

Tharoor has struck goldmine here: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Priya Duryodhani thus gets Krishna’s experienced Kaurava Party grassroots electoral machine. Arjun and Krishna become close friends and Arjun falls for Krishna’s sister, Subhadra. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Priya Duryodhani, labelling the faltering government as the “Backward Front,” begins to gain political strength again.

When asked Yudhishtir confirms that “Ashwathaman is dead” and Drona dies without throwing support to Yudhishtir’s opponents in the People’s Front. In this section, Ved Vyas “V. Nevertheless, the writing is brilliant.

Pandu sends for Madri to join him and the sight of her wearing a military uniform begins to break down his control over his carnal desires. Meanwhile, Pandu wants to be president of the Kaurava Party, and Dhritarashtra is afraid Pandu will win the vote. The recast can actually be said to flow both ways, and the story can be seen as a re-playing out of the drama of Mahabharata in the times of indiaan freedom struggle with the Indian leadership of the time as the dramatis-personae.

Pandu leaves the Kaurava Party.

The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor

Book eight begins with Priya Duryodhani and the five Pandavas. They go into hiding in Varanavata. Can she have a peaceful present and future, without a past? He has won India’s highest honour for overseas Indians, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, and numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

The Mahabharatawhich is not a novel but an epic poem, can be understood, tharlor to Tharoor, to represent Hinduism’s greatest literary achievement and thus serves as an appropriate paradigm indizn which to frame a retelling of recent Indian history. By the way, who do you think would be Dhritarashtra and Pandu in this book?

Maybe this book didn’t age well. One by one they are killed, except for Yudhishtir, who reaches the top. For my generation, fed on Batman’s savior tactics and deprived of Yudhistra’s innate righteousness, texts such as these bring back the revered concept of Dharma. To learn more about Amazon Sponsored Products, click here. There are some master strokes here: Arjun violates the rule when he goes to retrieve the manuscript novvel a speech while Yudhishtir and Draupadi are together.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Thatoor is amazing that probably one of the most entertaining books I have read till date is also something that I have been reading ever since I started tge, differing in only the versions and the perceptions of the respective authors.

By looking at his views during the period of his writing of the novel, I am sure that he did not have intention of joining Congress anytime. Also I was disappointed that some of the things like power struggle between Sardar Patel and Nehru, was not captured at all. Tharoorr the war ends, the Kaurava Party regains some power, but not enough to unseat the Muslim Group and the British punish those who sided with the Nazis.

Point form contents for perfect answers in Examinations. The book portrays the Mahabharata in the context of Indian independence struggle and few decades after the geeat. While the other versions of the epic focused more on Kauravas and Pandavas, Tharoor channelizes his analyses and research on the previous generation of Dhritarashtra, Pandu and Vidur.

Gandhari the Grim gives birth not to a hundred sons, but to one daughter, Priya Duryodhani, who is to be the equivalent of a thousand sons.