Book review: Love in the time of Mahabharata

  • Robin Bansal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Feb 14, 2013 02:12 IST
You’ve had a brief idea about them, may be heard about their stories while growing up or might have watched them in brief and abridged versions on screen in TV adaptations. But you might not have known the rare details of these sub-chapters from our very own behemoth Mahabharata.

This five book box set summarises the epic tales of Shakuntala and Dushyanta; Ganga and Shantanu; Satyavati and Shantanu; Amba and Bhishma; and Devayani, Sharmishtha and Yayati into individual novellas of love.

Those who don’t know, Banker is a known name for his retelling of Indian mythological epics in the Indian literature universe, and he keeps up the momentum in these in his inimitable style.

Brought out as solo books from Banker’s popular Mahabharata series, these act as standalone stories for those who seek to know more about these characters without plunging deep into the epic itself. As far as the language is concerned, it couldn’t get easier and reader friendly than this.

Individually available for R125 each, the box set definitely comes cheaper.
Name: Epic Love Stories
Price: R599
Author: Ashok K. Banker
Publisher: Westland Ltd.

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