The Mahabharata Project

In which I attempt, with no fixed deadline or time-frame in mind, to (re-)read the great Indian epic, The Mahabharata, from beginning to end, and write about it as I go along. I plan to read the Kisari Mohan Ganguli translation, available at Sacred Texts: http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/maha/index.htm

Here is the sequence of posts:

1. On Individual Heroes in Epics

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7 responses to “The Mahabharata Project

  1. projects are good. I read Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series (took a few years) and am now working my way through Balzac…

  2. Which translation are you reading? There is no translation of the complete text as far as I know (except one from the 19th century by Kishori Mohun Ganguly, which, from what I’ve seen, hasn’t dated well), although there is a work in progress by P. Lal; and a single-volume abridgement in Penguin Classics.translated by John Smith, which has been staring accusingly down at me from my shelves for a few years now.

    • Kishori Mohun Ganguly, yes. I’ve been skimming over various sections on sacred-texts.com. I’m not quite too sure about it, but as you say, it’s the only complete translation.

  3. Keep an eye out for the various characters and their quirks. The Mahabharat has some very powerful characters who may not always be the most obvious catalyst of an outcome yet they were the most powerful.

  4. Nitin Desai

    There is a new translation in ten volumes of the full text bu Bibek Denroy. It is based on the authoritative Bhandarkar Institute version of the Mahabharata, which was not available when Ganguli made his translation.

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