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Ultimatums

Glossary (in order of appearance): Espanola, New Mexico: Small town in the South Western state of New Mexico in the US. Trivia fact: Yogi Bhajan had his headquarters there. New Mexico is also the site of the first nuclear test and infamous for UFO sightings. Mahabharata, Jaya: Names for the Mahabharata, the epic about which […]

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Unity

Before a climber attempts to scale a peak, he consults other mountaineers, asks them about potential pitfalls and inquires about routes that make the climb easier. No one ever climbs a mountain for the first time. It’s sheer foolishness to set out from one’s door in jeans and T-shirt and expect to scale Sagarmatha in […]

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Revenge

Cast: Parikshit: grandson of Arjuna, ruler of the Kuru empire. Doesn’t take snakes seriously. Janamejaya: son of Parikshit. Takes snakes too seriously. Siva: One of the trinity, presides over the end of times. Surendra Sharma: Comic poet. George Bush: American President. George W. Bush: Another American President. Content As we enter this itihasa, we see […]

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Jayary 0: Exploring the Mahabharata

I don’t recall a time when I wasn’t fascinated with the Mahabharata, it’s multiplicity of stories and insights and the immense synthesis of an entire civilizations understanding of life, the universe and everything else. I have some facility with Sanskrit and my bookshelves are lined with translations and transcreations of the epic. Ganguli’s five volumes […]