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Mahabharata

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  2,795 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Sebuah Roman epik pencerahan jiwa manusia
Paperback, 521 pages
Published 2008 by IRCiSoD (first published January 1st 1990)
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Sharon
The Mahabharata is in my opinion the greatest story ever told, without even a near second. But this is definitely not the best version out there. Unfortunately, there really isn't a perfect version; but the flaws with this particular work are the following:

Rajaji is a politician, not a writer, and was not capable of moulding the essential story into a readable whole. The first mistake he makes is that he follows the original Ganguli version by summarising the whole story before he even begins! A
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Weni
Kisah Mahabharata diawali dg pertemuan antara Raja Sentanu dan Dewi Gangga yg cantik jelita. Sentanu ingin menikahi Dewi Gangga, namun Dewi Gangga mengajukan syarat, a.l. tdk akan menghalangi apapun yg Dewi Gangga lakukan. Sentanu menyanggupi. Dari pernikahan mereka, Dewi Gangga melahirkan banyak anak, namun setiap anak yg lahir ditenggelamkannya di sungai Gangga. Sentanu tak kuasa berbuat apa2 krn sumpahnya. Namun ketika Dewi Gangga akan menenggelamkan anaknya yg ke-8, Sentanu tak bisa lagi men ...more
Maria
The Mahabharata is an Ancient Sanskrit epic, believed to have been begun in the 8th or 9th century BC, and 'completed' in the 4th century BC.

The whole thing is about ten times the size of the Iliad or the Odyssey, but I read an abridged version— the parts that contain the actual story of the epic, and less of the moralizing sections that explained to ancient Hindus how they should behave.

The epic follows the five Pandu/Pandav brothers (most concerned with Yadhisthir, the eldest, and Arjun, the m
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Nishant Sharma

Right from my childhood, I had been listening to my grandmother telling us tales of Shri Krishna, or sometimes of Pandavas and Kauravas. And I had always been thrilled when I heard of 100 sons of Gandhari and crooked Duryodhana. But not much beyond that. Reading this book was like going back to childhood and listening to my grandmother again orating us the stories that she has always had in abundance. This book apart from being a great epic, is immensely morally enriching too. Many Hindus believ
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Neha Oberoi
The Mahabharata is one of those epics that needs to be constantly re-read. Its been an all time favourite with me since I was a little brat and now that I understand more of the spirituality of the book. From rage, blood lust, fraticide, passion, betrayal this epic has it all.

What I enjoy most about the epic is that even through all the angst, hatred and betrayal each character is shrouded in humanity. Maybe a smaller measure than some but each character has been depicted to the depths with and
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Raakhee Venugopal
I first read this book when I was aged 8.And have read it close to 23 times from cover to cover since then.I have been absolutely in love with this...so much so that I even know the pages and words used by heart!The best part of this book, which is one of the best books about India, is that you get way more than what you bargained for.The number of sub stories within this book is just mind-blowing!It touches almost every cultural aspect of India and also touches on certain major scientific proce ...more
Elizabeth
Oct 01, 2007 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: college students
Shelves: classics
A beautiful, beautiful story that resonates across not only cultures but thousands of years. Even though this is the only translation I've read, I understand that C. Rajagopalachari version is the best.
Ss
Rajagopalachari's Mahabharata is probably the best english retelling of Mahabharata available.
Varsha
Mahabharata is such a great epic that I can never get bored of no matter how many times I read or watch it, there is always something new to learn from this epic so reading this was obviously an awesome experience. I think it’s a must read and re-read for every age and ever generation. I am not even sure if I could write a review on this great epic ever, but here I am just making an attempt to put in my views on this ‘particular book’.
Covering Mahabharat in about 400 pages is really difficult bu
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Raghav Bansal
Mahabharata. The greatest story ever told. Discount that this is a rendition by C. Rajagopalachari, you can bank upon his virtuous intellect and assiduous efforts to bring to you the greatest epic in the world veritably unabridged and undefiled.

I am no one to review the Mahabharata and any efforts by me to rate or judge this grandiose epic would do nothing to attenuate the indelible glory of this literary creation.

If there is a book that projects all imaginable and thinkable facets of human exp
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Irthayag
I first read this book when I was about 12 or 13 and continued to read it a couple of times over the years. This is a simple short book of Mahabharata covered all aspects of the story very well.
Shanmukha
With a brief explanation of the events, this book will satisfy the beginners hunger to know about Mahabharatha
Ipshita Ranjana
Not the best version of Mahabharat..the original is much better...

Mahabharat is one of the oldest and the most important Sanskrit epic ever written.It makes you think and ponder relentlessly over what happened,how it happened and most importantly why it happened. The characters are not black or white but rather grey.Everyone has his or her fault.Nobody is a winner or a loser in this great epic.

It teaches you the way to live your life.It teaches us to follow the greater good in place of our own s
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Adithya Vs
I've read the Mahabharatha story written by other authors before. And I am extremely familiar with all the other stories associated with it. But I did not like this version at all. The war is explained in an inadequate and silly fashion. He belittles the soul of Mahabharatha.
Samiksha
C. Rajagopalachari has done a stupendous job! I haven't read the other versions of the Mahabharata (rendered by other authors) so I can't compare. But I thought this was correct, concise and at the same time rich.
Ira
Excellent literature with the deep moral stories. As a human, we can find the "Dharma" of life in this literature.
Mustika Amalia
I got this version in Indonesian translation but I could not put it down and continued to read this book as water flows till finished the end of the page. By reading this book, my imagination went beyond the adventure of Pandawa. Basically the mahabharata has another version. Wayang (epic story from javanese) was adapted from the Mahabharata with a little change which adjust to the Javanese tradition.For wayang version, I am still hunting for the completed version, and later compare these two ep ...more
Yomi
I love epics.

Banyak yang tahu nama Mahabharata, sebuah epik kehidupan - yang menunjukkan setiap orang memegang selembar benang nasib, dan tidak tau kemana benang nasib itu terkait.

Apakah putih atau hitam jalan hidup yang dijalani - yang semuanya terbentuk hanya karena keyakinan, pengetahuan dari ajaran, dan keteguhan hati yang terbentuk sejak awal kehidupan - tidak ada yang bisa menolak kemana benang kita akan terkait.

Masing - masing lembar dapat terkait ke sisi yang dianggap dunia sebagai sis
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Pujiyanto stiffy
sebenernya mau ngasih 5, bahkan lebih...
tapi ada beberapa hal potensial yang aku nanti-nantikan malah ga ada dalam versi kisah yang satu ini. Duuuh, ini lah kutukan membaca buku setelah mengetahui kisahnya dari media lain, maunya apa yang ada dari yang pernah didapet tetep ada dalam kisah aslinya.
Yang aku maksud adalah tak lain dan tak bukan mengenai Ekalawya, di buku ini ga ada satu kisah pun yang menyebut namanya. Meskipun bukan tokoh central, tapi kisah tragisnya merupakan kisah epic yang ber
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Fitria
awalnya sih nyari semua cerita tentang penjelmaan Dewa Wisnu, mulai dari Arjuna Sasrabhahu, Ramayana hingga ke Parikesit (putra Abimanyu), dan berhubung Krishna tidak ada buku tersendirinya, jadilah membaca kembali Mahabaratha. Tetap suka cerita ini, banyak yang bisa diambil dari kisah perang Barathayuda di medan Kurusetra. Tentang asal muasal bangsa Baratha, kebijaksanaan Yudhistira, pantang menyerahnya Bima dan Arjuna, sifat iri dan dengki Kurawa yg membawa kehancuran, ketidaksengajaan Kunti h ...more
Afina
Great book! Tidak mengherankan mengapa buku ini masih fenomenal pada tahun-tahun ini karena walaupun ditulis berabad-abad lampau, buku ini masih menceritakan intrik-intrik politik yang relevan, refleksi hidup, perjuangan, dsb, karena sebenarnya, walaupun zaman berubah, manusia masihlah tetap manusia. Saya menyukai sosok Wrekudara pada kisah-kisah Mahabharata Jawa atau Sansekerta. Tangguh, tersayang, tidak pilih kasih, dan merupakan seorang dari Pandawa yang mendengarkan nasihat Dewa Ruci; sebuah ...more
Sriram
My childhood read this book gave me the first understanding of Mahabharata. Read this book many times and strongly recommend to all children so that they get to know our great culture. Mahabharata is not just about the war. It is about morality and most of the dilemmas facing us today has an answer in it. Strongly recommend.
Mega
sayang sekali saya baca versi Indonesianya (ya iyalah, emang bisa gitu bahasa india??). hehe. maksudnya terjemahannya rada gak ngalir gitu bahasanya. tetapi tetap bagi saya mahabharata adalah cerita yang oke karena saya pecinta sejarah kerajaan dan cerita-cerita tentangnya. termasuk mahabharata. cuma buku ini lebih ringkas menurut saya. soalnya kisah pandawa-kurawa yang pernah saya pelajari waktu SD lebih banyak dan beragam dibandingkan dengan yang ada di buku ini. tapi mungkin juga bahwa cerita ...more
Mellissa Rizky
I remember reading the comic book on childhood days, from the born of the Astina Ancestor to the great grandchildren of the Pandavas. Stories that is full of everything, love, betrayal, war, wisdom, truth, lies. Reading this book as grown ups bring me lots of new things to realize about the whole story. Lots of new wisdom and revelation. But in terms of the story wise... I still liking the comic book version better :)
Pravin Gandhi
The greatest epic ever. The English version by C. Rajagopalachari is quite popular and I have read that. However, in India, tales from Mahabharata are engrained in our minds and attitude and consciousness. My father was perhaps the greatest story-teller of episodes from Mahabharata to me as well as my children.
It is the greatest and longest story told on Earth since Time Immemorial. With each of the many characters having a complex shades and finding themselves in complex situations.
The Mahabha
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kaelan
Reducing the Mahabharata to 483 pages is kind of like writing a 30 page plot summary of Lord of the Rings. That being said, Rajaji does an admirable job of conveying the basic plot structure of this epic in a way that is both simple and effective.

Unfortunately, however, this book suffers from what is perhaps the worst editing job I've ever come across in book (even more pathetic considering this is supposedly the 50th edition). Typos abound (sometimes more than three per page); page formatting c
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Gaurav
Not as good a narration as the tale itself.
The fate of several characters as sealed in the battle was disclosed right at the beginning.
I also felt that the background information of the various curses/boons at place could have been imparted more subtly instead of devoting chapters in the start. Furthermore, the narrator didn't shy away from giving his own piece of mind midst the story when it came to moral learning from Mahabharata which I think could have been reserved for something like an 'Au
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Niratisaya
Diawali dengan menonton Mahabharath, terpesona pada sosok Pandhawa bersaudara serta sosok Krishna...

Berlanjut dibuat berpikir kritis oleh Banerjee tentang sosok dan keberadaan tokoh2 perempuan yg terkesan dibungkam, lalu diberi suara dalam Palace of Illusion oleh wanita berdarah India yg tinggal di Amerika tersebut.

Dan ketika membaca aslinya...nyaris seperti membaca Paradise Lost, membutuhkan waktu, keheningan dan konsentrasi lebih. Tapi tetap, Mahabarata adalah salah satu epik yg menarik perhat
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Dinny ibadillah
epic story with a lot of wisdom living. love the story since i was a child when my dad introduced me the parts of it, some in puppet show as "wayang Golek". well, the best part that might touching is when Yudhistira met his father as God and he put Yudhistira into a test that in the end the wisdom lies in him is the only way to save his brothers from the death. And my favorite heroic scene is when Abimanyu son of Arjuna fight alone againts Duryudana's Knights, to break the formation and he didn' ...more
Nuning Soedibjo
Seperti biasa, karena pengarangnya orang India, tatabahasanya sangat menyejukkan hati siapapun yang membaca karya sastra yang berfilosofi tinggi ini.

Setiap pengarang mempunyai versi tersendiri. Sebenarnya saya masih kurang puas, karena pengarang memilih tidak menceritakan beberapa kisah secara detil dengan alasannya tersendiri. Padahal saya tahu kisah-kisah itu mempunyai jalan cerita tersendiri yang sangat menarik.

Misalnya pada bagian peperangan Bharatayuda, kurang diceritakan secara detail. Pad
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