Shambuka Rama: Three Tales Retold
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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(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....more
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.
The writing style of the author is quite engaging and moving, the retelling has been done in a vivid m ...more