Adi Parva

Adi Parva
Churning of the Ocean
by Amruta Patil

I have always found it
fascinating to read stories written from a different perspective. After
all the other view point may actually change the entire way we ‘see’

Mahabharata is on our ancient texts and all of us have heard it in
bits and pieces in the form of different stories. Lord Krishna’s
dialogue with Arjun on the battlefield is commonly taught and explained
as a standalone piece. Every reader can find their own perspective.
Yet each character in this epic has his or her own story which is often
not told hence not commonly known. Adi Parva by Amruta Patil is a story
told by a woman narrator, the River Ganga. It presents the epic to us
from the viewpoint of the women therein.

Gandhari who blindfolded herself when she was married to the blind Prince Dhritarashtra who later became King of Hastinapur.
The unmarried Kunti (called Pritha in her childhood) who gives up her first born.

book is rich with colourful picture panels that powerfully express
the author’s thoughts. I must add that this is not a text heavy book
which makes totally unusual. I bought the book on Flipkart but it may be
available in the major bookstores as well. It takes time to digest the
conveyed ideas but well worth a reading.

4 Replies to “Adi Parva”

  1. Hi, I'm Sherrey from Healing by Writing joining you in the challenge this month. Enjoyed reading your post and like that you are interested in the perspective from which a story is told, especially the female perspective.

    Sherrey at Healing by Writing

  2. Sounds pretty cool. I might have to look this one up.

    Looking forward to seeing what you do all month.

    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side and The Witch
    Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword
    The Freedom of Nonbelief

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