In this admission chapter of Ramakrishna’s call of the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, warrior Devavrata Bhishma recounts a continued alley of intrigues and misunderstandings that led to his abandonment of a acme and the closing access of a war.
Devavrata is captured by his grandnephew Yudhishthira and acutely blood-soaked by his above lover, Amba. Knowing that the arrowhead lodged in his lungs could annihilate him at any time, he agrees to acquaint Yudhishthira his activity story. He starts with his mother’s suicide, which was acquired by the acrid banned on the cardinal of accouchement that Devavrata’s father, Shantanu, had placed on Hastinapura families. Afterwards her death, Shantanu fell in adulation with a Naga girl, Satyavati, who—to assure her future children—demanded that Devavrata accord up his aristocratic claims. Devavrata had fallen in adulation with her as able-bodied and yielded to her desires, but they treated each added as enemies anytime after. Tragedies apparitional Devavrata through the four regencies he served, including the abstruse afterlife of his nephew Chitrangada, which becoming Devavrata the appellation of Bhishma (“The Terrible”), and the annihilation of his alone son, Shikhandin. Yudhishthira and Vyaasa Shukla—Satyavati’s brother and the baton of Hastinapura’s association of poets—listen and accord to Devavrata’s account as the archivist and mnemonist Lomaharshana preserves the words for posterity. As they anniversary booty turns anecdotic their bend of the story, it’s a joy for readers to watch how the characters, and their understanding of anniversary other, shift. Ramakrishna’s explanations of the relevant traditions of Hastinapura, and the added societies about it, advice to clip the heavier revelations. He additionally uses Devavrata’s descriptions to abduction the Hastinapuran civilization, cartoon from actual annal and explaining details in appendices and common asides. The arduous bulk of reference material can be overwhelming, abnormally back it repeats itself—for example, the ancestry of the name “Drona” is explained three abstracted times—but the complex anecdotal and sociological elements absolve its inclusion.
A unique, absorbing attack to reconcile the ambiguities of an age-old allegory with its archaeological record.
I am Amba.
The voice rang in Devavrata's ear like a forgotten melody ... Images stuck in lost time veered in and out of focus. Questions came flooding in. How could it be Amba? What was she doing, here and now? The questions stuck in his throat, refusing expression. Then the voice in his ear shattered and a grey miasma crawled out of it, a grey that he associated with pain and anger. The glow faded, and the grey fog grew until it shadowed every color. Amba. She is here. I must see her. He tried to turn. The stub of an arrow, under the pit of his left arm, made him pause at every movement, however slight.
Devavrata Bhishma is dying, wounded. He tells Yudhishthira how the Kauravas established the frontier trading town of Hastinapura. When the river Sarasvati dried up, migrants from the doomed Panchnad cities poured into Hastinapura seeking safety and support. But they also fought with the forest-dwelling Nagas. Hastinapura under Devavrata addresses the crisis, but at a cost to his personal life.
...Ramakrishna's debut novel ... comes as a welcome surprise. A software architect with a doctorate in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon, reading him is a rare pleasure.
-- The Statesman by Dr. Pradip Bhattacharya, Writer's Workshop, Kolkata
...I enjoyed reading [The Last Kaurava] ... I love [the] insane ambition that underlies this project... actually a very natural impulse for an Indian because the Mahabharata resides inside us, inside all of us.
-- Gurcharan Das, Writer, Columnist
No Indian ever hears the [epics] for the first time ... it requires greate courage ... as the author has done. He captures the reader's attention from the start, with a sense of theatre, making the characters tanguble. ... [The book] conveys the high tension of the immediate.
-- S. Ananthalakshmy, Ph.D., Balamandir Research Foundation, Chennai
... an extraordinary book. Anyone remotely familiar with the Mahabharata will be hypnotized. Together, the theme, the structure, and the style all make the book the perfect novel. In fiction, it is rather rare to find rich character studies together with a fascinating plot and a lively style, yet, this novel has all three.
-- Dr. Jean Phil, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Kamesh Ramakrishna's book ... artfully [fills] in the spaces between incidents, [shifts]ng the perspective of the events to see them with fresh eyes, ... The book ... never pretends to replace [the Mahabharata] ...
-- Dr. George Drance, Professor/Actor/Director/Theater, Fordham College, New York
The Making of Bhishma (Great War, Re-Imagined)
- BookThe Making of Bhishma (Great War, Re-Imagined)
- Author:Kamesh Ramakrishna
- Publishing Date:2016-11-08
- Publisher:Kashi Software Architects, Inc.
- Number Of pages:0