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By R. K. Narayan

The Mahabharata is a few 3,500 years outdated and is the longest poem in any language. it's one of many founding epics of Indian tradition and, with its mix of cosmic drama and profound philosophy (one small part kinds the BHAGHAVAD GITA) it holds aunique position in international literature. during this greatly shortened prose rendering, Narayan makes use of all his striking abilities to show to a contemporary reader why this is often this sort of nice tale. jam-packed with shiny characters, captivated with the increase and fall of gods, empires and heroes, Narayan's MAHABHARATA is an vastly stress-free adventure and the appropriate creation to the in a different way bewildering Indian cosmology.

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The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is a few 3,500 years previous and is the longest poem in any language. it's one of many founding epics of Indian tradition and, with its mix of cosmic drama and profound philosophy (one small part types the BHAGHAVAD GITA) it holds aunique position in international literature. during this significantly shortened prose rendering, Narayan makes use of all his striking abilities to exhibit to a contemporary reader why this is often this kind of nice tale.

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