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On a huge battlefield stand two armies facing each other. The dust stirred by soldiers covers the sun.
Rain-clouds shower flesh and blood, drenching the troops. Along the ground a wind rises; the small stones that the wind carries with it, hit the warriors.With cinematic effects, full of cuts and intercuts, Vyasa-with 1600 electrifying visuals for hot-hearted adults-sets
Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by India Penguin
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Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it

Beautiful graphic illustrations and artwork!

Sibaji Bandyopadhyay’s Vyasa: The Beginning is an interesting and innovative modern retelling of the ancient Indian epic The Mahabharata, which was composed by the sage Vysya.

Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
My First Graphic novel.
I picked this up after looking at the cover and guess what I didnt know it was graphic novel..
Cover seemed interesting and retelling of mahabharata what else I need to buy a book 😉 (except that I got it for ₹100😂😂)
I liked this retelling
There were many things which I didn't know earlier were added in this version.
Like the story of king Pururava.
Specially the story of Yayati and Puru was new and interesting to me. ( I had heard it but couldn't remember it)

Then this
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amruta Patil’s graphic retelling of the Mahabharata came out in splendid hard back editions. The cheap looking paperback cover of this book made me a reluctant buyer. But as soon as I began reading, I felt that Penguin erred in not bringing this out in a hardback as it’s a worthy work. What stands out is the artistic style of integrating controversial statements. “Did Bhishma secretly envy Chitrangada’s ascent to the throne” and “Did he sow the seeds for the Kuru-Panchala enmity by recruiting Dr ...more
Gayathiri Rajendran
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't what I expected it to be.The title is kind of misleading.I thought that this would be about Vyasa mostly but it's more about the various incidents in the Mahabharata.Graphically,this book is very exciting.The art is great and I loved the look.However,this book has a lot of controversial statements and one has to ponder over them.I liked the way the story was presented because it wasn't a conventional retelling of the great epic and the narration was fresh. ...more
Anjana Balakrishnan
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
The illustrations are exquisite but the storytelling is insensitive to women. While I understand that epics might have been patriarchal and misogynistic but I don't agree that their recreations in 2017 have to be so. There is no compulsion. In fact, I would argue that today's authors must use their prerogative as artists to exclude dialogues that show women as petty brides to be kidnapped. Read this for the beautiful illustrations. ...more
Soumyabrata Sarkar
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Though I understand from a standpoint what @Fictionhead suggests in its review, I would like to disagree with the same.
Yes, the writers/illustrators/makers of this graphic novel may have chosen a leaner way to show the discrimination metted out to women. In most of the cases, the way the male counterparts act around the females are insensitive, mean and straightway disgusting. Yet, that is what we find in the main Ved-Vyasa story. And for each of the episodes and scenes, you get a reference at t
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
If the book is true to the original text, and I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be, the rampant misogyny in most of the anecdotes the book covers is quite disturbing. I hope this is by design, to elicit a sense of repulsion at the abysmally low depth patriarchy had ended up putting women, robbing them from all sense of agency.

Also, I expected the book to be a story of the early life of Vyasa, which it certainly is not. Rather, it's the story of Mahabharata, told in short anecdotes by a pr
Sindhu Srinath
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel is narrated by Sauti - a professional storyteller to a group of hermits. What I really liked about this book is that it's not a plain narration. Instead, the narration is occasionally interrupted by the hermits' questions - questions that we've all had while listening to this story and Sauti's answers to them.
With beautiful illustrations, this book mainly concentrates on the stories of the ancestors of the Kauravas such as Pururava, Yayati, Bharatha, Bhishma and ofcourse, Vya
Pretty Bibliophile
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book is on the Indian epic Mahabharata, a personal favourite. The story is by Sibaji Bandyopadhyay and the art is by Sankha Banerjee. The way this book was written was amazing. I loved the recurrent jumps in time and the overall framing structure that combined the stories within the story. However, it was only the first part and I was left dangling. Now I am eagerly waiting for the sequel to Vyasa: The Beginning. The art in this book is stunning as well and I was spellbound throughout. The ...more
Nikhil Gulati
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
The artwork is beautiful but the story telling leaves a lot to be desired. I like the fact that the narrator of the Mahabharata is also a character in the story and so we feel that the story we are being told is now “how it was” but “how it was remembered”. However, the story doesn’t flow very smoothly.. characters come and go... and maybe that is because this is just the set up for the main story.. in that hope I’m looking forward to the next volume.
Deepu Shibu
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A retelling of the Mahabharata in a graphic format. The artwork is really nice and the colors blend seemlessly is a few pages. A good quick read.
Padma Baliga
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written. Great artwork. Waiting for the next part
Nivedita Dey
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Awesome illustrations
Ankita Goswami
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, the artwork is amazing!
I love reading the Mahabharata in every form, and I enjoyed reading this one as well.
Arvind Ramaswamy
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The graphic novel concept was appealing.. lovely illustrations and storytelling made for an engaging read. Thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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