May 25, 2008 @ 9:56 pm
Personally, I like Ramaswami’s article because it gives me a different set of things to think about with respect to the Mahabharat (and Ramayan). Sure, we all know the usual story and the date of its occurance and all that. But giving it a different line of thought makes it worth reading and I am glad Mint published it. As regards to its factual credibility, I am not too hung up on that. When I read The Mahabharat, I found it to be an interesting page turner and really racy. Eroteme might probably be right with all the factual references (although he does leave out conveniently Ramaswami’s point of the Kalat region in Baluchistan where a Dravidian language is still spoken), but for me Ramaswami’s version added more spice to the whole saga that is the Mahabharat.
All this aside, I highly recommend Ramesh Menon’s version of the Mahabharat. It is in-line for the contemporary reader and is laced with a lot of contemporary “values”, if you know what I mean.