Bhimsen

Bhimsen From Blogbharathi Next in the line of succession to his elder brother Yudhisthira and usually in the shadow of his younger brother Arjuna when it comes to charisma and skill in warfare Bhima comes a

  • Title: Bhimsen
  • Author: Prem Panicker
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  • Page: 307
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  • From Blogbharathi Next in the line of succession to his elder brother Yudhisthira and usually in the shadow of his younger brother Arjuna when it comes to charisma and skill in warfare , Bhima comes across as a gluttonous, slightly oafish he man figure or a comic foil in many mainstream renderings of the great epic But MT Vasudevan Nair popularly known as MT turnFrom Blogbharathi Next in the line of succession to his elder brother Yudhisthira and usually in the shadow of his younger brother Arjuna when it comes to charisma and skill in warfare , Bhima comes across as a gluttonous, slightly oafish he man figure or a comic foil in many mainstream renderings of the great epic But MT Vasudevan Nair popularly known as MT turned him into a three dimensional figure, sensitive and thoughtful than he is usually given credit for He took familiar building blocks and created an entirely new, incredibly compelling construct from them, says Prem Panicker, senior journalist, Rediff co founder and a long time admirer of MT s work.

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    • The first half of the book is entertaining and a light and breezy read, not weighted down by the heavy ideas of the original and carrying on from the easy observational stand point of Bhim. But this technique which worked so well till then falls apart rapidly in the second half as the author is forced to strip away most of the better parts of the actual war as Bhim had no access to them and was reduced to after war talks to fill in details. Had to struggle mightily to get through the book in the [...]


    • I am spoiled with back to back good books. This one is a gem of a read. The language is very good and the book progresses in a break neck speed. Obviously Mahabharata is a gold mine of great stories. However here we look at the whole things from Bhima's angle which is very refreshing. He doesn't get a lot of attention generally. I was very surprised (and pleasantly) at how nicely miraculous things were logically explained. The characters were very recognizable and identifiable, minus their divin [...]


    • Mahabharath always fascinates me. There is a story for everyone in this epic. Just when I was getting impatient with the literary material coming my way, I stumbled upon Prem Panicker's retelling of MT Vasudevan Nair's "Rendamoozham". I'd felt a similar "oh yes" moment when I read the translation of Vishnu Sahasranamam which is a chronicle of Bhisma's talks with Yudhistra. Among these workds, I get the comfort of a known story while still being thrilled by a new narrative. Bhimsen/Rendamoozham i [...]


    • I accidentally find Bhimsen when I was searching for "Randamoozham" by MT Vasudevan Nair. Bhimsen tells you the story of Mahabharath from the view of Bhimsen.Although we know story from childhood it still gave me surprise and eagerness through out the story.I was expecting the War part more Dramatic but didn't satisfied much with it. But still the language was simple and easy to understand.


    • Having been fed a diet of one version of the mahabharata from my grandparents, amar chitra Katha and popular folklore, it never occurred to one that the series of events were in monochrome. Bhima's perspective of the mahabharata reminds us that there is always another "truth". I have read other versions of the mahabharata since, Krishna Udayasankar's Aryavarta Chronicles being the latest, but this was my first alternative version and I have been recommending it to everyone I know. It is concise [...]


    • While I have read and heard quite a few retellings of this great epic in recent times, very rarely does one come across a book which is as well written as this one. Although I knew about Prem Panicker translating / retelling MT Vasudevan Nair's Rendammoozham in English on his blog for quite a few years now, my interest in mythology is at an all time high right now and therefore this book had to find its way to my reading list sooner rather than later. And man, was the wait worth it or what!An ex [...]


    • Find this and my other reviews of books at Feminist Quill.Wordpress: feministquill.wordpress/2Let me start from the top. The Mahabharath is an epic poem, somewhat similar to the Illiad or the Odyssey. Like with those poems, there have been numerous versions of the Mahabharath, numerous perspectives and retellings, and along the way, new myths and legends are continuously being tacked onto the end of it. Panicker’s story is a loose translation of an older version written in Malayalam by M.T. Va [...]


    • This book delivers the objective that the author states. Would recommend anyone who has an idea of Mahabharata but would like a philosophical angle.


    • The story of Mahabharata told from Bhim's viewpoint. This re-telling of Randamoozham by Prem Panicker takes the mythical elements away and treats Pandavas and Kauravas as men. Bhim is an intelligent and strong man overlooked by all. Growing up in the shadow of his older brother Yudhishthir and younger brother Arjun - his contempt of Yudhishthir's shenanigans, his love for his Younger brothers and his devotion to Draupadi who loves Arjun foremost, his regret at having to abandon Hidimbil point to [...]


    • I would have enjoyed this book much more if the author hadn't started off by saying how appalling he found The Palace of Illusions, which I thoroughly enjoyed. He has a right to his own opinion so I started reading the book anyway. But from the first page to the last, I failed to find that something which makes it better than the book he so despised. It's a good recount of the Mahabharata told through Bhima's POV and it was told well. But how is this book better than Chitra's I have no clue. In [...]


    • This is Prem Panicker re-telling of M T Vasudevan Nair’s Randaamoozham, which is the Mahabharata from the point of view of the Pandava Bhima.In mainstream renderings Bhima is frequently depicted as a gluttonous oaf or a comic foil, but Nair turned him into a sensitive, thoughtful figure—a large-hearted and brutally frank man with a minor inferiority complex about being in the shadow of his brothers. BBhima has always been my favourite right from the time i read the ACK aka Amar Chitra Katha' [...]


    • Interesting read from Bheem's POV. What drew me to read this book is that the author retold this story from the famous Malayalam work Randaamoozham by MT Vasudevan Nair. Mahabharat always fascinated me with its intriguing and multi-shaded characters and twisted plots. It renders one to think and go in depth of the characters. One is not simply positive without any negatives in them or the vice versa. The logical narratives from the POV of human psyche and supernatural occurrences which were ofte [...]


    • It was nice to see the events unfold from Bhimas point of view. “Giving voice to the silences” author Prem Panicker calls it. I was not disappointed - The story was well told and captivating. It was interesting to have logical explanations for the events rather than mythical or godly status. Instead of making it a story of a divine mission, it is a story of a family fighting for survival. Bhima is often depicted as spontaneous and hot headed, here we see him as a practical, thoughtful and se [...]


    • First time I read a version of Mahabharatha from an alternate POV.Shashi Tharoor's Great Indian novel doesnt count. The first half was good and interesting. Very little coverage of the war.Bhima has been potrayed as a very sensitive, intelligent and observant person, not the clumsy bully image that the popular versions have of him.Wonder how Randamoozham actually reads.


    • For Mahabharata junkies, this book is a must-read. Perspectives from Mahabharata characters abound (Yugantar, Ajaya), but this one is a superlative narrative of the epic from Bhim's viewpoint. I can't read Malayalam but Prem Panicker's version is a good fast-paced read as well as a nuanced outlook into the popular oaf's mind.


    • An interesting take on Mahabharata. The realism, and the description of the war scenes are outstanding. Bhima's character is also pretty good. They could have explored Krishna and Bhima's relationship a bit more. The depiction of Draupadi as a blood thirsty sex addict was not very good.


    • Mahabharath is a book that is narrated in a general aspect as in a third person style. But Bhimsen or Prem Panicker narrates the story of mahabharath through the eyes of Bhima which is an exciting read.


    • Well enjoyed but I already knew most of the story so felt a bit redundant that why couldn't complete it certainly enjoyed the new perspective through which many revered characters were viewed especially that of yudhishtra


    • Realistic portrayal of human feelings - demigods or notKudos to MTV for the original work and thought and a good work of translation/adaptation by PP


    • Very different perspective of the Mahabharath. I would love to read it from Karna and Arjuna's point of view as well.


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