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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2002
I was 9 or 10 years old when I watched the TV serialisation of The Mahabharata on the BBC. I remember being captivated by the mystique of the story, the amazingly diverse and interesting characters and the action and drama that occured throughout the epic. Saturday's were a day to look forward in my house.
Now I'm in my early 20's and I still think back to the wise teachings that are present throughout the story of Mahabharata.
This particular book is an extensive and accurate portrayal of the Mahabharata legend and is clear and concise in it's presentation of the events and themes of the story.
The author has done an extremely commendable job of keeping to the facts, thus not offending the Hindu community, but also adding his own style of rich narrative which gives the book a feel of a blockbuster novel. The size of the novel is no obstacle because the story moves along at such a pace, I found myself finishing the book in two days.
Overall, this is one of the best books I have read in many years. It brings memories flooding back of that classic TV serial which I enjoyed so much in my childhood.
Well done Mr Krishma Dharma.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2006
This is probably the best abridged telling of the great original story. This book is truly marvellous. The novel style of the book makes it a very good read. I have read many english versions of the Mahabharat, but none come close to this masterpiece. Krishna Dharma tells the Mahabharat story as a simple chronological order of events filled with detailed descriptions and explainations on why certain events take place. I have yet to read any other book that does this with with such a simple and fantastic storytelling style that Dharma has. He should be proud of his work as I have no doubt this book would have introduced many new readers to the wonder of the Mahabharat.

The book "Who is who in the mahabharat" by Subash Mazumder, pub. Bhartiya vidya bhavan, accompanies this book well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2013
This ancient classic from India is matchless - no modern piece of literature comes anywhere near it. Not only is it a gripping tale of divine good over wickedness, but it contains the loftiest philosophical teachings ever to touch this planet. Hidden within the heart of the Mahabharat is the 'Bhagavat Gita' (song of God); Krishna's utterly sublime spiritual teachings to his disciple Arjuna. This book is not a novel, it is a historical account of the ancient history of India originally written over 5000 years ago in classical Sanskrit. It will change not only the way that you see the world, but it will change your whole life.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 1999
Mahabharata, a part of the ancient Vedas of India, is a story quite unlike anything else. There are few books which have survived as long as this five thousand year old epic. Its enduring popularity is itself testimony to the profound wisdom contained in its pages. In fact it includes the Bhagavad-gita - a masterpiece of spiritual knowledge revered by millions worldwide - and is the narration of the factual events which surrounded the speaking of that illuminating text.
Mahabharata thus deals with the activities of Krishna, the supreme person and author of the Bhagavad-gita. This gives it a unique quality. Because of Krishna's presence, and the presence of many of his pure followers, one feels uplifted by reading the book. It soothes its readers on a deep spiritual level, bringing them closer to an understanding of the divine, and awakening a transcendental joy that surpasses all other happiness. Although from the external point of view it is a tale of conflict and intrigue among kings, demons, gods and sages, there is a deeper spiritual meaning which pervades the whole work. One can thus go on reading it again and again without it becoming stale or boring. On the contrary, one discovers different layers of meaning with each reading. Mahabharata is a book to be treasured and passed on from generation to generation.
As the writer I have simply tried to make the work easily accessible. Until now there has not been as complete a summary as mine, written in the style of a modern novel. I have remained faithful to the original, often presenting the dialogue exactly as it appeared in the Sanskrit manuscripts, but I have endeavoured to bring the text to life by the techniques of dramatisation and characterisation. I studied several translations, and cross referenced other Vedic texts for verification of detail where possible. I myself am a priest trained in the Vaishnava tradition, followers of Vishnu or Krishna, and Mahabharata is a Vaishnava text. My book is perhaps the first time that Mahabharata has been presented in English from the perspective of its original author, the sage Vyasadeva. It is suitable for a wide range of readers, from those coming new to the work, to those wishing to study it for academic purposes.
I hope you find it enjoyable. I am constantly endeavouring to improve the book, and am open to any suggestions or feedback from my readers. Those unfamiliar with Sanskrit terms (i.e. most of us) may initially find some of the names a little difficult, but do perservere, you will soon master them and when you do you will be richly rewarded by reading Mahabharata. It is without doubt the greatest spiritual epic of all time, at least in my humble opinion.
Krishna Dharma
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2010
This is an absoultely brilliant book. As soon as you pick it up you are drawn into the story. In such a vast story it gives just the right amount of detail, so that the reader can understand and follow the the significance and subtlety of the events that occur without being bogged down by detail. I would recommend that everybody reads this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2000
This is probably the best abridged tellingof the great original story. This book is truly marvellous. The novel style of the book makes it a very good read. I have read many english versions of the Mahabharat, but none come close to this masterpiece. The book "Who is who in the mahabharat" by Subash Mazumder, pub. Bhartiya vidya bhavan, accompanies this book well.
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on 27 November 2008
The book is relatively thick, but I managed to reead the whole book in a few weeks, and just couldn't put it down. As a child I used to wathc the Mahabharat on TV with my parents, I found this book provided a more detailed encounter of all the events, and it certainly taught me a lot about one of teh greatest epics ever told in India.

I have read this book twice already and planning to read it for the third time in Christmas. I also gave the book to my sister, and like me she just couldn't put it down, and throughly enjoyed the book.

This book is A MUST READ!!!!
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on 12 April 2014
Captivating story lines, easyflow story development and rich in moral issues. Knowledge and wisdom are contrasted with immorality and greed. The story unfolds easily and the event - chains link into one another effortlessly. The English medium, however, lacks in naturalness and robustness. Otherwise, the story of MBA comes to life in Dharma's retelling of the story which contrasts Knowledge and Wisdom with Cruelty and Possessiveness Many thanks to Krishna Dhama.
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on 11 January 2010
A totally absorbing, gorgeously rich epic adventure of religion ,ethics ,full of magic,heros,kings,gods and goddesses,demons,monsters,sages,multitudes of celestial beings, battles. A window into a wondrous alien world ( for westerners )with the great Hindu cycle of reincarnation / virtue at its heart set in an amazing exotic ancient world.
Im about half way through so see my complete review soon.
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on 17 April 2012
I bought this book in order to get a better understanding of the reliefs carved on the old khmer tempels in Cambodia. Having read the book I am just longing to go back and have another look. It did the job.
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