YUGANTA BY IRAWATI KARVE PDF

A tangential note: Quite a few people hereabouts Pune, that is believe that Karve actually stole a lot of her research from the venerated Durga Bhagwat, author of the much shorter Vyaasaparva. I have no idea if this is true, but supposedly much of her approach comes from Bhagwat, as do many of the conclusions she draws. I have access to both in their original Marathi form, but haven't read either because I'm too lazy to read Marathi. Is it a translation of Vyasparva? I cannot seem to find Vyasparva in English.

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Your email address will not be published. Skip to content Irawati Karve Yuganta is not a linear retelling of the Mahabharata, instead it uses a few characters to do a critical analysis of the epic. At a simplistic level, the basic story thread is indeed communicated, while delving into these characters and placing them in the context of the story.

But more importantly, the examination of various characters, their motivations and actions, belief systems and relationships with each other, as well as the societal frameworks of class, makes up most of the book.

But let a man set out to sacrifice himself and do good to others, and the normal limits vanish. This is extended in the chapter on Drona and Ashwathama.

Karna is another fan favourite who is at the receiving end of her rebuke. Krishna, in the original work, is portrayed as an astute statesman with his own self interest in play, as opposed to a God. His relationship with Arjuna is as a friend and equal. All these aspects have been wonderfully studied by the author. Gandhari and Kunti rarely get the amount of attention in retellings and in this respect, this book is very different. Kunti is actually treated very favourably. The essay on Draupadi is different too, because the comparison is to Sita.

The similarities and the disparities are analysed very well. There is a flow of logic that the author adheres to, and the conviction that the epic is based on real events is thus infectious.

I felt that the mood did tend to become preachy occasionally, but that, I think, is a subjective take. The obvious one is the end of the Dwapara yuga.

But she also mentions that this work was the last one to display original thinking. For a book that was published almost 50 years ago, this is a refreshing read that offers unique perspectives.

In one section, it is along with Kunti, Gandhari and Dhritarashtra and in another, it occurs a few days earlier. Hope it will be looked into in later editions. Nasi and Mee Whitefield. A devious self. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

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Your email address will not be published. Skip to content Irawati Karve Yuganta is not a linear retelling of the Mahabharata, instead it uses a few characters to do a critical analysis of the epic. At a simplistic level, the basic story thread is indeed communicated, while delving into these characters and placing them in the context of the story. But more importantly, the examination of various characters, their motivations and actions, belief systems and relationships with each other, as well as the societal frameworks of class, makes up most of the book.

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