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Mahabharata and the Marvellous Cycle of Boons, Curses and Vows

Written by: HA Padmini
Narrated by: Sharanya Ramprakash
Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
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A unique retelling that takes the listener far beyond the Kurukshetra war…

Every person deviates from the path of righteousness in his lifetime, and for all these sins big or small, he has to pay - either during his present life or in some future rebirth. So, also, are his good deeds harvested. The cycle of Karma continues inexorably, far beyond our understanding....

This book takes us beyond the familiar reading of the great epic, moving away from a chronological recounting of events, to focus on the greater scheme of things by which each of these incidents is linked in a causal relationship, and therefore, had to happen exactly the way they did. The story of Mahabharata unravels over aeons, spanning heaven, earth and hell; intricately weaving gods and demons, sages and humans, birth and rebirth all into one majestic tapestry through the law of Karma - whereby every action reaps its fruit at some point in time, no matter who the doer is. Erring gods are cursed by human sages, great demons earn boons from gods, ordinary folk earn blessings or curses, and gods take birth as humans when so ordained!

Mahabharata and the Marvellous Cycle of Boons, Curses and Vows explores the complexity of the greatest epic of all time and takes the listener far beyond the story of the Kurukshetra war.

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Gripping narrative to the most known tale

loved it totally , especially the story line of connecting the dots the vows n curses

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A very gud book

As the title states the storyline revolves around the boons and curses!also it gives a v fair background to the characters to know the essence of the book

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Interesting read

Apparently it is yet another retelling of the Mahabharata, but with a difference. It narrates most of the well known stories of Mahabharata with reference to past karma, good (boon) or bad (curses). Interesting read.

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Very Informative

The book is very useful to understand the characters in Mahabharata. However, those who are not at all familiar with the epic might get confused as there are so many characters, in that case structuring a family tree based on narration will help