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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Rama, Lakshmana and Sita chance upon Valmiki's ashram in the forest. But what is the shudra Shambuka doing there?

As Duryodhana lies dying on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, he reflects on all that brought the world to this pass, his guilt and that of his enemies, his loyalties and those of his friends and allies. As the story flashes back and forth on the last moments of
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Published September 25th 2018 by HarperCollins India
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“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?”


Mukunda Rao, an Indian writer, has penned a compelling mythological book of short stories called, Shambuka Rama: Three Tales Retold, inspired and taken straight out of the great Indian epics namely, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The stories are about Bhima who chances upon the female rakhshas (monster), Hidimba and decides to stay back in the forest of Maya, Duryodhan who ponders on the
Mridula Gupta
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shambuka Rama contains three tales- 2 from Mahabharata and 1 from Ramayana. The book gives a philosophical touch to these mythological tales and poses some basic and valid questions to its readers.

The first story is about Bheema, who has married Hidimbi and has a child Ghatothkach. But Bheema can’t live with them forever in the forest because of his ‘Dharma’ as the prince of Hastinapura. But is it ‘dharma’ to leave your wife and child in the forest, alone and to fend for themselves? Kunti is inc
Sruthy Pisharady
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I love retellings from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata; that is what made me pick up this book. There are three stories – two from the Mahabharata and one from the Ramayana. The theme of this book is the subjectivity of dharma and adharma. This is an excellent theme and has a lot of scope. However, I felt that the book did not live up to its expectations. Out of the three stories, the story of Bheema and Hidimbi is my favourite. The emotions are brought out well through the writing. In both the ...more
Laveena Behl
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tales consist of the characters and instances from the mythology with whom we are well acquainted, but perspectives that were unknown to us. The best thing that one would take away from this book is the consistent dialogue over the concept of 'Dharma' and how it is susceptible to manipulation according to different circumstances or different ideologies that each individual follows. A refreshing text. ...more
Samidha; समिधा
Note: An honest review in exchange for a copy. I would like to thank HarperCollins India.


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4 stars.

(Buddy read this with my Mum.)

Shambuka Rama Three Tales Retold was a very interesting read. It focuses on some of the more “philosophical” stories in the Mahabharata, most of which the Indian readers would be familiar with.

It also ends with an open ended, make-your-own-choice kind of way, which deoes make the conclusion to the story better, but can get a bit jarring.

Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shambuka Rama by Mukunda Rao is a powerful blend of spiritual search, philosophy and mythology. Retelling of three classic stories from Indian Mythology, it is an enlightening read.

It is based on our age old epics with scenarios from Ramayana and Mahabharata put forth from a different perspective which forces its readers to ponder and think beyond the concepts of truth, love and evil.

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The writing style of the author is quite engaging and moving, the retelling has been done in a vivid m
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A tale of Rama, Duryodhana and Bhima. All told separately. And differently. Touching upon ancient texts. In a different way, Rather to make you think in a different way.

Good book on philosophy, and how to seek the truth told in a subtle way.
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