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Randamoozham is the masterpiece of Jnanpith winning writer M. Vasudevan Nair. It was translated into English as Second Turn in 1997. Vasudevan Nair won Vayalar Award, given for the best literary work in Malayalam, for the novel in 1985. Later, in the year 1995, Mr. Nair was awarded the highest literary award in India, Jnanpith Award, for his overall contribution t Randamoozham is the masterpiece of Jnanpith winning writer M. Vasudevan Nair.

It was translated into English as Second Turn in 1997. Vasudevan Nair won Vayalar Award, given for the best literary work in Malayalam, for the novel in 1985. Later, in the year 1995, Mr. Nair was awarded the highest literary award in India, Jnanpith Award, for his overall contribution to Malayalam literature. The novel is set as a retelling of the Indian epic Mahabharata, from the view of Bhima, the second Pandava. Impeccable writing style. My complete review here.

Merged review: എലലാവരും വളരെ നലലത എനനു പറയുനന പുസതകങങള ഞാന പരമാവധി ഒഴിവാകകാറുണട. എനികക മനസസിലാവാതത എനതെങകിലും കാരണം കൊണടാകും അവ നനനാവാറു എനനത തനനെ കാരണം. രണടാമൂഴം എനറെ ശേഖരതതിന മുതലകകൂടടാവടടെ എനന കരുതിയാണ വാങങാന അചഛനോട പറഞഞതും.

ആദയതതെ അദധയായം വായിചചപപോള ഇത ഭംഗികക വകകാന ഉളളത തനനെ എനന തീരചചപപെടുതതി ഞാന! പകഷെ, രണടാമതതെ അദധയായം വായിചചു തുടങങിയപപോള ഒനനെനികക മനസസിലായി, ഇത വായികകാതെ കീഴെ വ Great book. Impeccable writing style. My complete review here. Merged review: എല്ലാവരും വളരെ നല്ലത് എന്നു പറയുന്ന പുസ്തകങ്ങള്‍ ഞാന്‍ പരമാവധി ഒഴിവാക്കാറുണ്ട്. എനിക്ക് മനസ്സിലാവാത്ത എന്തെങ്കിലും കാരണം കൊണ്ടാകും അവ നന്നാവാറു എന്നത് തന്നെ കാരണം. രണ്ടാമൂഴം എന്റെ ശേഖരത്തിന് മുതല്‍ക്കൂട്ടാവട്ടെ എന്ന് കരുതിയാണ് വാങ്ങാന്‍ അച്ഛനോട് പറഞ്ഞതും.

ആദ്യത്തെ അദ്ധ്യായം വായിച്ചപ്പോള്‍ ഇത് ഭംഗിക്ക്‌ വക്കാന്‍ ഉള്ളത് തന്നെ എന്ന് തീര്‍ച്ചപ്പെടുത്തി ഞാന്‍! പക്ഷെ, രണ്ടാമത്തെ അദ്ധ്യായം വായിച്ചു തുടങ്ങിയപ്പോള്‍ ഒന്നെനിക്ക് മനസ്സിലായി, ഇത് വായിക്കാതെ കീഴെ വക്കാന്‍ ആവില്ല!!! മാത്രമല്ല, ഈ കഥ ഇതില്‍ കൂടുതല്‍ ലളിതമായി പറയാനും ആവില്ല! ചെറുപ്പത്തിലേ ഒരിക്കലും ഒന്നാമന്‍ ആകരുത് ആ സ്ഥാനം ജ്യേഷ്ടന് മാറ്റി വച്ചിട്ടുള്ളതാണ്‌ എന്ന അറിവോടെ തന്നെ വളരുന്നു ഭീമന്‍. സ്വയം എടുത്തണിഞ്ഞ മന്ദന്‍ പരിവേഷം.

കഴിവുണ്ടെങ്കിലും, മറ്റുള്ളവരേക്കാള്‍ ഏറെ ഉണ്ടെങ്കില്‍ തന്നെയും, തേരോട്ടത്തിലോ അസ്ത്രവിദ്യയിലോ ഒന്നും ശോഭിക്കാന്‍ ഇടം കൊടുക്കാത്ത, അതില്‍ പരിശീലിപ്പിക്കാത്ത ഗുരു. തടിയന്‍ മന്ദന്‍ ഗദ പഠിച്ചാല്‍ മതി. ആരോടും പരിഭവം പറയാതെ ആ വേഷം ഏറ്റെടുക്കുന്നു ഭീമന്‍. ആദ്യത്തെ പെണ്ണനുഭവം പോലും സ്വന്തം അപകര്‍ഷതാബോധം ഊട്ടി വളര്‍ത്തിയതതല്ലേ ഉള്ളൂ.

ഒരു മൂലയിലേക്ക് ഒതുക്കി നിര്‍ത്തപ്പെട്ടവന് ഇതിലും കൂടുതല്‍ എങ്ങിനെ വ്യക്തിത്വം കൊടുക്കാന്‍ പറ്റും. നമിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു എം ടിയുടെ എഴുത്തിനെ. ഞാന്‍ മാറ്റി വക്കാന്‍ ആലോചിച്ച പുസ്തകം ആണേ ഇതു. M.T.Vasudevan Nair (or M.T. As he is lovingly known to us Malayalees), a doyen in the field of Malayalam literature and a trendsetting scriptwriter for Malayalam movies, has penned this wonderful novel: the Mahabharatha epic seen through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers. Is known for his portrayal of the unsung hero, both in literature and movies.

Most of his protagonists are vehicles for the frustrations he suffered as a young man, and Bhima is no different. Always des M.T.Vasudevan Nair (or M.T. As he is lovingly known to us Malayalees), a doyen in the field of Malayalam literature and a trendsetting scriptwriter for Malayalam movies, has penned this wonderful novel: the Mahabharatha epic seen through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers. Is known for his portrayal of the unsung hero, both in literature and movies.

Most of his protagonists are vehicles for the frustrations he suffered as a young man, and Bhima is no different. Always destined to be second (or take the 'Second Turn' - 'Randam Oozham' in Malayalam - which incidentally gives the novel its title) to his weak elder brother Yudhishtira in seniority and younger brother Arjuna in fame and popularity, Bhima is not given his due as the main architect of the Pandava victory over their cousins Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war. Twists the story to his own ends in many places (he takes a lot of poetic license with epics and legends), the dreamily poetic language and the heartfelt angst of Bhima makes this an exemplary work of fiction. You can get lost in the beauty of the Malayalam language; but then, that is the characteristic of most of M.T.'

Strong,compassionate & empathetic. This work stands like a colossus on the shores of Malayalam Literature. The worlds knows Bheema of the Mahabharatha as a beast of war, the elder brother was a paragon of virtue and the casanova-esque thrid brother was a super star all over. Bheema was treated as a bozo who lumbers around with a club bashing up the brains of the Kauravas in TV and in books. How many of these writers saw the hurt & pain being marked a moron gave Bheema?

How many of them Strong,compassionate & empathetic. This work stands like a colossus on the shores of Malayalam Literature. The worlds knows Bheema of the Mahabharatha as a beast of war, the elder brother was a paragon of virtue and the casanova-esque thrid brother was a super star all over. Bheema was treated as a bozo who lumbers around with a club bashing up the brains of the Kauravas in TV and in books. How many of these writers saw the hurt & pain being marked a moron gave Bheema?

How many of them saw Bheema the father? The Husband?not many did.

It took an MT to look beyond the stereotypical labels and bring out the human being in Bheema. Randamoozham ( for those uninitiated in malayalam, this means 'the second round') is by far one of the best literary works I have had the pleasure of reading. Based on the Mahabharatha, it tells the entire epic from the viewpoint of Bheema.

Bheema is a most unlikely protagonist in the sense that nothing but his brawn sets him apart. Once when asked about his inspiration for such a work MT replied that the pregnant pauses placed by Vyasa in the Mahabharatha made him think of such a work.

Chapters in the Mahabharatha end in places which poses a lot of questions for us & contradictions are galore as in any epic. In one instance the warrior code of the Kshatriyas state that it is the warrior who kills the maximum of the enemies is the one entitled for the crown. If such was the case, Bheema would have been the king but it is his brother who ends up becoming one. The most manipulative of ladies in literature Draupadi dances him to her whims and Bheema ends up accepting the fact that she played him along all the way.

The most powerful of scenes is the one where Krishna walks into the army camp after the death of Bheema's half-demon son in battle, seeing the camp in sorrow Krishna proclaims ' good that he died of Karna's hand else it should have been my hand some day'. Quite natural for a King to say about a demon but he said this within earshot of the father who stood looking at the body of his slain offspring. This was from the mouth of a man who lectured his friend on the fact that the soul was just a sort of dress for the human body. A few days after this, Krishna is beyond grief when his own nephew is slain in battle, this is one of those acute observations the author makes in te pages. MT gives the tale a human touch withouth adding any of the mythos or making any character less human than what it actually could have been.The language is powerful & moving and i reread this more than once. With time I am sure I will read this again & again.Just one of those works which is beyond the realm of literature for me. തകരുനന തറവാടുകളുടെയും ആൾകകൂടടതതിനിടയിൽ ഒററപപെടുനന മനുഷയൻറെ നെടുവീർപപുകളുടെയും എകകാലതതേയും മികചച കാഥികനാണ മലയാളതതിൻറെ പരിയപപെടട എം.ടി.

അദദേഹതതിൻറെ മാസററർപീസ എനന ചിലരെങകിലും വിശേഷിപപികകുനന രണടാമൂഴവും ഒരു തറവാടിൻറെ തകർചചയുടെ കഥയാണ- ദശാബദങങൾ നീണട കുടുംബകലഹം തകർകകുനന കുരുവംശം എനന തറവാടിൻറെ കഥ.ആ കഥ പറയാൻ അദദേഹം തിരഞഞെടുകുനനതാകടടെ ആതമനൊമപരങങൾ ഉളളിലൊതുകകുനന ഭീമൻ എനന യോദധാവിനെയും. “സൂതരെ, മാഗതരെ, അതുകൊണട കുരുവംശതതിൻറെ ഗാഥകൾ നമമുകകിനിയും പാടാം. കുരുവിനെയും കുരുപുതരൻ പരതീപനെയും വാഴതതാം.' - ഈ വാകകുകളാൽ തനനെ തകരുന്ന തറവാടുകളുടെയും ആൾക്കൂട്ടത്തിനിടയിൽ ഒറ്റപ്പെടുന്ന മനുഷ്യൻറെ നെടുവീർപ്പുകളുടെയും എക്കാലത്തേയും മികച്ച കാഥികനാണ് മലയാളത്തിൻറെ പ്രിയപ്പെട്ട എം.ടി. അദ്ദേഹത്തിൻറെ മാസ്റ്റർപീസ് എന്ന് ചിലരെങ്കിലും വിശേഷിപ്പിക്കുന്ന രണ്ടാമൂഴവും ഒരു തറവാടിൻറെ തകർച്ചയുടെ കഥയാണ്- ദശാബ്ദങ്ങൾ നീണ്ട കുടുംബകലഹം തകർക്കുന്ന കുരുവംശം എന്ന തറവാടിൻറെ കഥ.ആ കഥ പറയാൻ അദ്ദേഹം തിരഞ്ഞെടുകുന്നതാകട്ടെ ആത്മനൊമ്പരങ്ങൾ ഉള്ളിലൊതുക്കുന്ന ഭീമൻ എന്ന യോദ്ധാവിനെയും. “സൂതരെ, മാഗതരെ, അതുകൊണ്ട് കുരുവംശത്തിൻറെ ഗാഥകൾ നമ്മുക്കിനിയും പാടാം. കുരുവിനെയും കുരുപുത്രൻ പ്രതീപനെയും വാഴ്ത്താം.'

- ഈ വാക്കുകളാൽ തന്നെത്തന്നെ ഒരു സൂതനായി അവരോധിച്ചു കൊണ്ടാണ് എം ടി കഥ ആരംഭിക്കുന്നത്. എന്നാൽ ആദ്യ ആദ്ധ്യായത്തിന് ശേഷം കേന്ദ്ര കഥാപാത്രത്തിൻറെ അന്തസഘർഷങ്ങൾ അവതരിപ്പിക്കാൻ ഒരുപക്ഷെ ഏറ്റവും ഉതകുന്ന FirstPerson-ൽ ഉള്ള ആഖ്യാന രീതിയിലേക്ക് കഥ വഴിമാറുന്നു. പിന്നിടങ്ങോട്ട് കഥാഖ്യാതാവ് ഭീമൻ തന്നെയാണ്. വായു പുത്രനെന്നു പുകൾപ്പെറ്റ് പാണ്ഡുപുത്രനെന്ന മേൽവിലാസത്തിൽ അഞ്ച് വയസ്സായ ഒരുണ്ണി ഹസ്തിനപുര രാജധാനിയിൽ എത്തുമ്പോഴേക്കും സംഭവിക്കാനിരിക്കുന്ന മഹായുദ്ധത്തിൻറെ കഥകൾ അവന് ഒരു കൂട്ടം ശത്രുക്കളെ നേടികൊടുത്തിരുന്നു.തുടർന്ന് കൊണ്ടും കൊടുത്തും വളരുന്ന ബാല്യം,ഷണ്ഡൻപാണ്ഡുവിൻറെ മകൻ എന്ന വ്യക്തിത്വപ്രതിസന്ധി അനുഭവിക്കുന്ന കൌമാരം, ശക്തനായി മാറുന്ന യൗവനം,മഹാ യുദ്ധം ജയിക്കുന്ന മധ്യവയസ്സ്, കാടു കയറുന്ന വാർദ്ധക്യം - എല്ലാം വാക്കുകളാലുള്ള ഒരു മായാജാലം പോലെ വായനക്കാരന് മുന്നിൽ ഇതൾ വിരിയുന്നു.എന്നാൽ രണ്ടാമൂഴം വടക്കെന്നോ നടന്ന മറ്റൊരു വീരഗാഥ അല്ല;അത് നാമോരുരുത്തരുടെയും കഥയാണ്. വിശ്വസവഞ്ചനയുടെ പ്രമാണകോടികളും അപമാനിക്കപെടുന്ന ദ്യൂതസഭകളും കഷ്ടതകളുടെ അജ്ഞാതവാസവും ജയിക്കേണ്ട കുരുക്ഷേത്രങ്ങളും ഏവരുടെയും ജീവിതത്തിൽ തീവ്രതയുടെ ഏറ്റകുറച്ചിലുകളോടെ കടന്നു വരുന്നു.

രണ്ടാമൂഴത്തിൻറെ ഏറ്റവും മഹത്തായ വിജയം അത് വായനക്കാരനെ ചിന്തിക്കാൻ പ്രോഹത്സാഹിപ്പിക്കുന്നു എന്നിടത്താണ്. ആസ്വാദക മനസ്സുകകളെ ഉദ്ദീപിപ്പിക്കുകയും മനസാക്ഷിക്ക് നേരെ ചോദ്യങ്ങൾ എറിയുകയും ചെയുന്ന കഥാസന്ദർഭങ്ങൾ നോവലിൽ ഉടനീളം കാണാം. സവർണ അധീശത്വം നില നിന്നിരുന്ന ഒരു സമൂഹത്തിലെ ജീർണതയുടെ അനുരണനങ്ങൾ ഏകലവ്യനിലും, അരക്കില്ലത്തിൽ വെന്തു മരിക്കുന്ന കാട്ടാളരിലും, ഖാണ്ഡവ ദഹനത്തിൽ കുടിയിറക്കപ്പെടുന്ന നാഗന്മാരിലും, കുരുതി കൊടുക്കപ്പെടുന്ന ഘടോൽക്കച്ചനിലും തെളിഞ്ഞു വരുന്നു. ഗാന്ധരിയുടെയും കുന്തിയുടെയും ദ്രൗപദിയുടെയും വാക്കുകളിലൂടെ, ഹിഡിംബിയുടെയും ബലനന്ധരയുടെയും ജീവിതത്തിലൂടെ ആർഷഭാരത സ്ത്രീകൾ അനുഭവിക്കേണ്ടി വന്ന തിരസ്കരണത്തിൻറെ മുഖം അനാവൃതം ആകുന്നു.എന്നാൽ പാഥേയപൊതികളും പണയപ്പണ്ടങ്ങളും സർവംസഹകളും മാത്രമായിരുന്നില്ല കുരുവംശത്തിലെ സ്ത്രീകളെന്നും ഭരതവംശത്തിൻറെ ചരിത്രത്തിലെ നിർണായക വഴിതിരുവുകൾക്ക് പിന്നിൽ പ്രവർത്തിച്ച അദൃശ്യകരങ്ങൾ അവുരുടേതായിരുന്നു എന്നും കഥയിൽ പലപ്പോഴായി കുന്തിയിലൂടെയും ദ്രൗപദിയിലുടെയും വരച്ചു കാണിക്കപെടുന്നു. ചിലപോഴെങ്കിലും ഭീമനെ ന്യയീകരിക്കുന്നതിനായി എം ടി മഹാഭാരതത്തോട് നീതി പുലർത്താത്തതായി തോന്നാം.എന്നാൽ വാക്കുകളുടെ മാസ്മരികതയാലും വാദഗതികളുടെ ശക്തി കൊണ്ടും എം ടി സ്വയം പ്രതിരോധിക്കുന്നു. കാലങ്ങളായി മലയാളിയുടെ മനസ്സിലുണ്ടായിരുന്ന ചന്തുവിൻറെ പ്രതിച്ഛായ മാറ്റി വരച്ച കഥാകൃത്തിന് ഭീമനെ ന്യായികരിക്കാൻ അധികമൊന്നും പ്രയത്നിക്കേണ്ടി വന്നിട്ടില്ല.

മൂലകഥയിൽ നിന്ന് വ്യതിചലിക്കുന്നിടത്ത് പുരാണ കഥകളിലെ ദിവ്യത്വത്തിൻറെ ചട്ടക്കൂടുകളെ ഉടച്ചു വാർക്കുന്ന demythologization, യാഥാർത്ഥ്യം ദുരന്തമായി വെളിപ്പെടുന്ന anagnorisis എന്നീ രചനാസാങ്കേതങ്ങൾ സമർത്ഥമായി തന്നെ എം ടി ഉപയോഗിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. നോവലിന് അനുബന്ധം ആയി എഴുതിയ ഫലശ്രുതിയിൽ 'പിന്നിട് വരുന്നവർക്കായി' വ്യാസൻ വിട്ടു വച്ച അർത്ഥ പൂർണ്ണമായ നിശബ്ദതകൾ ആണ് താൻ പൂരിപ്പിക്കാൻ ശ്രമിച്ചത് എന്ന് പറയുന്നു കഥാകൃത്ത്. രണ്ടാമൂഴം വായിച്ചു കഴിയുന്ന അനുവചകൻ ആഗ്രഹിച്ച് പോകുന്നു - എം ടി യെ പോലെ പിന്നിട് വരുന്നവർ ഉണ്ടാകട്ടെ എന്ന്.'

കുരുവംശത്തിൻറെ ഗാഥകൾ' അവരിനിയും പാടട്ടെ എന്ന്. Whenever I see this book sitting in my mother's bookshelf, I pick this up and read it once. In the past five years I have read this at least five times. This is a timeless classic, a totally different rendition of a story we have all heard, the Mahabharata. MT Vasudevan Nair has chosen Bheema as the protagonist of this book.

The entire Mahabharata is narrated as a historical tale (than a story of Gods, Demons and the superhuman), in the first person, from Bheema's perspective. About his joys, he Whenever I see this book sitting in my mother's bookshelf, I pick this up and read it once. In the past five years I have read this at least five times.

This is a timeless classic, a totally different rendition of a story we have all heard, the Mahabharata. MT Vasudevan Nair has chosen Bheema as the protagonist of this book. The entire Mahabharata is narrated as a historical tale (than a story of Gods, Demons and the superhuman), in the first person, from Bheema's perspective. About his joys, heartbreaks, frustrations as he is unable to digest the uncompromising expectations out of a Kshatriya and about his vengeance. Not a single book I have ever read has been able to make me empathize with and own the feelings of it protagonist ever, when compared to this book. Bheema's thought processes behind the most arrogant statements he made, the pain he went through at every rejection and his feelings of not being able to accept the woman he first loved - MT manages to handhold you through all of those emotions. I can confidently say, this is the best book I have ever read, in any language.

I think this is the simplest way Mahabharatha has been ever told. Narrating the story from Bhima's point of view, MT stripped off the divine powers from the characters and presented them as mortal human beings with emotions. So you don't get to see Krishna supplying an infinitely long sari to save Draupadi or King Jarasandha's body rejoining and coming back to life whichever way Bhima tries to tear him into two. But you can see Bhima being jealous of Arjuna for being Draupadi's favourite among t I think this is the simplest way Mahabharatha has been ever told.

Narrating the story from Bhima's point of view, MT stripped off the divine powers from the characters and presented them as mortal human beings with emotions. So you don't get to see Krishna supplying an infinitely long sari to save Draupadi or King Jarasandha's body rejoining and coming back to life whichever way Bhima tries to tear him into two. But you can see Bhima being jealous of Arjuna for being Draupadi's favourite among the five brothers as well as Arjuna mocking Karna for being of lower caste to satisfy his superiority complex. To an extent the Pandavas become mere puppets in the hands of Kunthi and Draupadi. While Kunthi commands them as their mother, Draupadi lures them with their next chance to live with her. The last few pages reveal some shocking facts about the Pandavas' parenthood.

MT explains that he read different versions of the story written over different periods and found that divine powers granted to the characters were mostly imaginations of the story tellers. The revolutionary thinker in me, the one who questions every single myth and superhero story fed to me while being respectful to the traditions -this book brings it all back and yes in a very tight thriller.

For those who love mythology,history and good stories, this is a must read. I don't have to say anything more. And for the portrayal of bhimasena - I feel I found something I was searching for.

The human side of the epic, with many parts I was hoping might be included in the way I wanted, the revolutionary thinker in me, the one who questions every single myth and superhero story fed to me while being respectful to the traditions -this book brings it all back and yes in a very tight thriller. For those who love mythology,history and good stories, this is a must read. I don't have to say anything more. And for the portrayal of bhimasena - I feel I found something I was searching for. The human side of the epic, with many parts I was hoping might be included in the way I wanted, but many more that didn't mention many things I wanted to read about.

I guess those were not added since M.T wouldn't or couldn't include something without proper research. As per the epilogue, the deep research is very evident. Overall a great experience for me - a teetotaler in malayalam literature. Struggling to mouth many of the words and usages, I did manage to fight through.

I must admit that the language was quite easy considering the epic proportions of the content involved. So many characters remain in my mind, receiving my appreciation, hatred, apathy or disgust.

Malayalam

A wonderful mystical work of literature it is. No doubt about it. No wonder many people swear by it. Though I am detecting this impulse so late.

If there's one thing I've realised after reading M.T.Vasudevan Nair's Randamoozham (English translation by Gita Krishnankutty) is that there is no one interpretation of the Mahabharata. There have been numerous re-tellings so far, from the PoV of so many characters and yet, every time I read it I come away with a different feeling and a different understanding of the characters. Like MT says in the Epilogue, the credit goes to the original author, Sage Vyasa - not just for what he said, but also If there's one thing I've realised after reading M.T.Vasudevan Nair's Randamoozham (English translation by Gita Krishnankutty) is that there is no one interpretation of the Mahabharata.

There have been numerous re-tellings so far, from the PoV of so many characters and yet, every time I read it I come away with a different feeling and a different understanding of the characters. Like MT says in the Epilogue, the credit goes to the original author, Sage Vyasa - not just for what he said, but also for what he didn't. The 'silences he maintained' in some parts were the places that future authors could interpret in their own way.

And I can see now how it is that the same story can be told in so many different ways and still not sound repetitive. If anything, it only makes me want to read more versions of it. Like all books translated from a language I know (Tamil, Telugu, Hindi or Malayalam), this one also started off with me feeling I'm getting a raw deal, to not be reading the original. The first few chapters I struggled a little bit to shut out the constant comparison of the English words to the equivalent in Malayalam. But once I did that, I enjoyed the book immensely. The translator has done some justice to the work, without losing out too much of the poetry that would've been MT's Malayalam version. Bhima is a strange choice for a protagonist.

The popular retellings do not pay too much attention to him - he's overshadowed by Arjuna in terms of prowess and Yudhishtira with his claim to the throne. This is probably why Bhima's PoV is a bit refreshing from the usual stories we read. Yudhishtira is shown in a completely different light and to an extent, so is Draupadi. But the surprising part was the portrayal of Krishna.

MT has stripped off all traces of divinity from this retelling. Everyone is human. Krishna, included. There is no flowing saree covering Draupadi's shame during her disrobing by Dussasana. During the war, Krishna does not use his discus to block the sun, to bring Jarasandha out in the open.

Not just that, Karna is not depicted with any permanent kavacha-kundalam. Dsa nordlandtrilogie helden edition. So the book comes off as a regular narrative, stripped off it's divine and fantastical connotations. I guess this is what makes it a unique read, compared to the other versions of Mahabharatha. I really would've loved to read this in Malayalam - maybe when the husband is in a good mood, I can coax him into reading out the good parts!;-) P.S.: Planning to read Prem Panicker's translation soon.

വാസുദേവന നായരുടെ 'രണടാമൂഴം' മലയാള സാഹിതയതതിലെ ഏററവും മികചച കൃതികളിലൊനനാണ. മഹാഭാരതതതെ ആസപദമാകകി രചികകപപെടടിടടുളള മററ കൃതികളില നിനനും 'രണടാമൂഴതതെ' വയതയസതമാകകുനന ഒനനുണട: വായുപുതരനറെ വാചാലമാകുനന ഹൃദയം! ഈ നോവലില ഭീമനെനന കേവലം ഒരു ശരീര പരതയകഷതയേകകാള നാം കാണുക ഭീമസേനനെനന വീരനായ, ശൂരനായ, മാനുഷിക വയകതിതവതതെയാണ.

വയാസപരതിഭ തനറെ അനുഗൃഹീത തൂലിക കൊണട എഴുതാതെ എഴുതിയ, പറയാതെ പറഞഞ, സൂചിപപികകാതെ സൂചിപപിചച അടിയൊഴുകകുകളെ, രഹസയങങളെ, ഐതിഹാസിക നിമിഷങങളെ മറനീകകി അവതരിപപികകാന ശരമിചചപപോള, എംടി യിലൂ EPIC!! വാസുദേവന്‍ നായരുടെ 'രണ്ടാമൂഴം' മലയാള സാഹിത്യത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും മികച്ച കൃതികളിലൊന്നാണ്.

മഹാഭാരതത്തെ ആസ്പദമാക്കി രചിക്കപ്പെട്ടിട്ടുള്ള മറ്റ് കൃതികളില്‍ നിന്നും 'രണ്ടാമൂഴത്തെ' വ്യത്യസ്തമാക്കുന്ന ഒന്നുണ്ട്: വായുപുത്രന്റെ വാചാലമാകുന്ന ഹൃദയം! ഈ നോവലില്‍ ഭീമനെന്ന കേവലം ഒരു ശരീര പ്രത്യക്ഷതയേക്കാള്‍ നാം കാണുക ഭീമസേനനെന്ന വീരനായ, ശൂരനായ, മാനുഷിക വ്യക്തിത്വത്തെയാണ്. വ്യാസപ്രതിഭ തന്റെ അനുഗൃഹീത തൂലിക കൊണ്ട് എഴുതാതെ എഴുതിയ, പറയാതെ പറഞ്ഞ, സൂചിപ്പിക്കാതെ സൂചിപ്പിച്ച അടിയൊഴുക്കുകളെ, രഹസ്യങ്ങളെ, ഐതിഹാസിക നിമിഷങ്ങളെ മറനീക്കി അവതരിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ ശ്രമിച്ചപ്പോള്‍, എംടി യിലൂടെ മലയാള സാഹിത്യത്തിന് കൈവന്നത് ഒരനശ്വര കൃതി!

മലയാളികള്‍ നെഞ്ചേറ്റിയ, ഏതൊരു മലയാളിയും വായിച്ചിരിക്കേണ്ട കൃതി. ' സൂതരേ, മാഗധരേ, അതുകൊണ്ട് കുരുവംശത്തിന്റെ ഗാഥകള്‍ നമുക്കിനിയും പാടാം. കുരുവിനെയും കുരുപുത്രന്‍ പ്രതീപനെയും വാഴ്ത്താം.

പ്രതീപപുത്രന്‍ ശന്തനുവിനെ വാഴ്ത്താം. നമുക്ക് ഗംഗയെ വാഴ്ത്താം. പിറവിയും പ്രേമവും പാപവും മരണവും കണ്ട വിഷ്ണുപദോദ്ഭവയായ ഗംഗയെ വാഴ്ത്താം. ഗംഗയില്‍ ശന്തനുവിനുണ്ടായ അതിവിഖ്യാത പുത്രന്‍, വ്രതകാഠിന്യംകൊണ്ട് ദേവകളെക്കൂടി അമ്പരപ്പിച്ച മഹാപുരുഷന്‍ ഭീഷ്മരെ വാഴ്ത്താം. മത്സ്യഗന്ധിയില്‍ ശന്തനുവിനു പിറന്ന വിചിത്രവീരനെ വാഴ്ത്താം.

വിചിത്രവീര്യ ക്ഷേത്രങ്ങളില്‍ കൃഷ്ണ ദ്വെെപായന നിയോഗത്തില്‍ പിറന്ന ധൃതരാഷ്ട്രരെയും പാണ്ഡുവിനെയും വാഴ്ത്താം. കൃഷ്ണദ്വെെപായന വ്യാസന്‍ ദാസിക്കു കനിഞ്ഞേകിയ ധര്‍മ്മ തുല്യന്‍ വിദുരരെ വാഴ്ത്താം.

പിന്നെ നമുക്കു യുധിഷ്ഠിരനെ വാഴ്ത്താം. ചന്ദ്രവംശത്തിലെ സംവരണന് സൂര്യപുത്രി തപതിയിലുണ്ടായ കുരുവിനെ നമുക്ക് വാഴ്ത്താം. തോഴരേ, സൂര്യചന്ദ്രവംശമഹിമകള്‍ നമുക്കിനിയും പാടാം. Hats off to this genuis.

Such a brave attempt it is to tell the entire story from a purely human prespective and that too from a very less acclaimed hero in mahabharata, the Bhima.May be its is true that there is a hero in each one of us, after all life is a struggle and everyone you see around is fighting to his/her best. MT has portrayed the entire story unbiased from the so called superhuman abilities and morale that we are used to hearing right from our childhood about the characters in Maha Hats off to this genuis. Such a brave attempt it is to tell the entire story from a purely human prespective and that too from a very less acclaimed hero in mahabharata, the Bhima.May be its is true that there is a hero in each one of us, after all life is a struggle and everyone you see around is fighting to his/her best. MT has portrayed the entire story unbiased from the so called superhuman abilities and morale that we are used to hearing right from our childhood about the characters in Mahabharata.When you remove the halo effect of those biases then you observe the characters with curiousity as you would analyse any human behaviour. The book has a note towards the end that explains the research the author did in writing this.It clearly shows how detailed the author went into analysing certain situations which are unexplained in the epic.

It proves that the Bhima in randamoozham was never a pure imaginative creation from MT. If the entire Mahabharata were to be written in this way, may be we would have had a different version all together! There are so many interpretations and translations on Mahabharatha and Ramayana world wide. Every new translation adds something to the original story. This particular novel foregrounds the Mahabharatha story from the point of view of the 'real hero', Bhima. There is nothing unusual in looking into that epic from that angle.

In fact, it is not the first time that one literary work has been subjected to reinterpret or renarrate from the point of view of some other characters from the same novel. There are so many interpretations and translations on Mahabharatha and Ramayana world wide. Every new translation adds something to the original story. This particular novel foregrounds the Mahabharatha story from the point of view of the 'real hero', Bhima. There is nothing unusual in looking into that epic from that angle. In fact, it is not the first time that one literary work has been subjected to reinterpret or renarrate from the point of view of some other characters from the same novel. Examples are the novel which comes out based Bertha Mason's experience who was a minor charecter in Jane Eyre.

Such events are common in literary world. But the thing is that MT is dared enough to discard the divinely figures in Mahabharath; Krishna is just a clever king who knows good diplomacy and wants the help of Pandavas to kill Jarasandha. Similar way, none of the five Pandavas are the heirs of gods! This would be the only thing I could find different in this novel from other narratives. I bought this book after hearing lots of good comments about this book.

But, the book was far better than what I had expected. M.T Sir has narrated Mahabharatha in a different angle. We can see the real hero, Bhima in every page.

Bhima - a good son, brother, husband and father.And, everyone will like Ghatotkachan(Abandoned son of Bhima, who was an important reason behind the victory of Pandavas in Kurukshetra war.) Also, I lost respect to some of idols who were always worshiped in all other book I bought this book after hearing lots of good comments about this book. But, the book was far better than what I had expected.

M.T Sir has narrated Mahabharatha in a different angle. We can see the real hero, Bhima in every page. Bhima - a good son, brother, husband and father.And, everyone will like Ghatotkachan(Abandoned son of Bhima, who was an important reason behind the victory of Pandavas in Kurukshetra war.) Also, I lost respect to some of idols who were always worshiped in all other books & stories.

Randamoozham

This is the best book I have ever read. This is the only book that I have started again as soon as I completed reading the last page. Everyone who likes reading should read this book once(Once completed you will definitely read it again later.) Randamoozham will never disappoint you!! Is a legend at resurrecting unsung heroes from myths and fables and he does it again. But against popular opinion, I never felt that this was just Bheem's story. Retells Mahabharatha, the most epic creation of a civilization from the perspective of a common man. Himself said, Bheem is never clouded by dharma or karma.

He is as common as a royal can get. Through him, we understand the epic for what it really was. Not an ode to the gods, but a majestic portrayal of men, desires a M.T.

Is a legend at resurrecting unsung heroes from myths and fables and he does it again. But against popular opinion, I never felt that this was just Bheem's story. Retells Mahabharatha, the most epic creation of a civilization from the perspective of a common man. Himself said, Bheem is never clouded by dharma or karma. He is as common as a royal can get. Through him, we understand the epic for what it really was.

Not an ode to the gods, but a majestic portrayal of men, desires and death. MT's talent to spot the untold story remarkably comes out in this monumental retelling of an iconic epic. The icing on the cake is the new version of Bhimsen getting embarrased by Karna in the midst of war. As justiifed by the author in the epilogue, only MT can see such nuances of a story untold. Keralites are already aware how he made a hero out of Chathiyan Chandu overnight, bringing down to earth with a thud the blue blooded images of Unniyarcha and Aromal Chekavar, in a bold re Magnum Opus! MT's talent to spot the untold story remarkably comes out in this monumental retelling of an iconic epic.

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The icing on the cake is the new version of Bhimsen getting embarrased by Karna in the midst of war. As justiifed by the author in the epilogue, only MT can see such nuances of a story untold. Keralites are already aware how he made a hero out of Chathiyan Chandu overnight, bringing down to earth with a thud the blue blooded images of Unniyarcha and Aromal Chekavar, in a bold retelling of a popular folktale. When Bhimsen along with Karna, Draupadi, Duryodhan take the laurels, the likes of Krishna,Arjun, Kunti and Yudhistar take a back seat. Kalyanasougandhikam known to Keralites through the ubiquitous Ottamthullal narrations, loses its fragrance, in MT's fervour bring in an earthly touch to everything.

The beauty of Bhimsen adventurously looking out for the flower, in his desperation to appease Draupadi, and the disinterest she shows once having received the flower since she had already started Arjuna's tenure, totally disregarding the pain Bhimsen had to undergo, gets no mention in MT's version. The romance of Kalyanasougandhigam is something the reader misses in in this version.

Overall, the original may lack originality, but Mahabharthma as told by the collective selves called Vyasa, is more mystic, readable, enduring and romantic than MT's quest for originality and his venture to read the fine lines. MT, I'm afraid you won't be counted as one of those Krishnadwaipayanas, the collective soul called Vyasa, since the version may not get accepted with the masses, who would rudely refuse to accept Krishna as just another rusty character. I' giving five stars sine I'm in love with this story teller since my childhood, completely bowled over by his aura, and rightfully think that his version of Mahabharat is in all liklihood is more invclined to be like what must have really happened, if at all it was a real story. Every time I read a well written version of the Mahabharata, I respect the original epic even more. How many works can lay claim to so many renditions centuries after the original version? As for this version, what does it say of an author when he can mesmerise the reader with a story that one has been hearing since childhood?

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As the title suggests, Bhima is the protagonist and the story is told from his perspective. MT does not try to take on the much larger canvas of the Mahabharata, and inste Every time I read a well written version of the Mahabharata, I respect the original epic even more.

How many works can lay claim to so many renditions centuries after the original version? As for this version, what does it say of an author when he can mesmerise the reader with a story that one has been hearing since childhood? As the title suggests, Bhima is the protagonist and the story is told from his perspective. MT does not try to take on the much larger canvas of the Mahabharata, and instead focuses on keeping the narrative around Bhima.

That is what makes this unique. The story is told in flashback mode - from the final journey.

Between the eldest Yudhishtira, whose kingship is a focus and the warrior Arjuna, whose valour is a key element of the epic, is Bhima, who annihilated each of the Kauravas, but who is still largely a footnote in the epic. Through the book, many a character refers to him as the 'blockhead', and do not even begin to understand his sensitive side, Arjuna being a key exception. Indeed, it would seem that only Arjuna, Draupadi, Dhritarashtra and Dhrishtadyumna respect the fierce warrior that Bhima is.

Bhima also sacrifices a lot of his relationships for his brothers and is not able to be the husband and father he might have wanted to be. In this context, there is a superbly nuanced sub-narrative of casteism that runs in parallel. It is also interesting how he plays down many of his exploits as the exaggeration of bards, and actually many of the events in the Mahabharata are underplayed or completely non-existent (Krishna's intervention while Draupadi was being humiliated by the Kauravas) in this version. On the flip side, the tension between the brothers (Yudhishtira-Bhima and Yudhishtira-Arjuna) is a key component here. Yudhishtira is largely shown as someone who uses Dharma as a shield for his ineptitude. Kunti's political astuteness compensates a lot for it. There are many such alternate explanations and perspectives, like the Saugandhika flower episode, that add to this version's uniqueness.

The last few pages which offer quite a few revelations, and the epilogue, are worth a mention too. I have not read the original Malayalam book (I plan to) so I cannot comment on the translation, but the language is simple yet eloquent and that played a large role in making this book a thoroughly enjoyable read. A literary masterpiece from one of the greatest authors of India.

The novel is a retake of the Indian epic Mahabharata from the viewpoint of Bhima, who the author describes as the most important warrior in the Mahabharata war. First of all, kudos to M.T. For his revolutionary thinking.

Nowadays, when reading books of Amish and Anand Neelakantan, who also talks about stories from the puranas and epics in a different and more logical way, it astonishes me to realize that someone from my state has a A literary masterpiece from one of the greatest authors of India. The novel is a retake of the Indian epic Mahabharata from the viewpoint of Bhima, who the author describes as the most important warrior in the Mahabharata war. First of all, kudos to M.T. For his revolutionary thinking.

Nowadays, when reading books of Amish and Anand Neelakantan, who also talks about stories from the puranas and epics in a different and more logical way, it astonishes me to realize that someone from my state has already mastered the art and has given a book that sets the standard for the younger generation(and a screenplay for the national award winning movie Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha) three decades ago. The story is well-written with elements of realism unlike the actual epic filled with extra-ordinary fables. It also gives a fresh outlook on Bhima along with many other characters of Mahabharata, especially Krishna whom I enjoyed the most. The author speaks about years spent on researching content for the book and without doubt, one can agree that it has not gone in vain. Talking about the negatives of the book, the language was so sophisticated that I couldn't understand the description or what the author was trying to convey at moments. I completely agree that it is not actually a negative of the book as I said above but in fact a shortcoming of myself. I really hope that I can work harder to improve my language so that I can reread this literary masterpiece once again with more clarity.

During the first half of the book, I really missed the feeling you get when you truly connect with the characters of a book and make a fool out of yourself trying to yell at the characters knowing it won't make a difference. But that problem was solved as I moved on to the climax when finally, the destruction caused by war was beautifully portrayed by the author. What stands out in the novel (for me at least) is the ending which cements the fact that Bhima is just another human being like us with lust and love and hope for revenge which I think sums up most of the author's message.

Mahabharatha as a story of simple man through the eye of an simple man whom we considered second always. Really broke some idols in my mind and restructured the whole Mahabharatha in an another way. It opened me an another way of thinking. While reading I was Bhima, I was feeling all the emotions he went through, the feeling of rejection, avoidance and I was travelling around all the place he went, through Hastinapura, Indraprastha, the forest, the battle field of Kurukshetra. Picturisation Mahabharatha as a story of simple man through the eye of an simple man whom we considered second always.

Really broke some idols in my mind and restructured the whole Mahabharatha in an another way. It opened me an another way of thinking. While reading I was Bhima, I was feeling all the emotions he went through, the feeling of rejection, avoidance and I was travelling around all the place he went, through Hastinapura, Indraprastha, the forest, the battle field of Kurukshetra. Picturisation of characters and places by M.T in this book is very attractive. This is the first book of M.T. I am hearing about this book from my 7th class itself and I was known about how it is written and all, even though I didn't felt bored. Moreover it was very interesting and I wanted to read it in one stretch.

For this amazing work. The language isn’t particularly beautiful or impressive, which might be a fault of the translation itself. However, reading the Mahabharata from the perspective of Bhima, who in popular narrative is a physically powerful man with few complexities of character, was very interesting. He broods; he knows he hasn’t been given his due; he loves Draupadi who in turn loves Arjuna the most; he trains hard; he avenges his family without worrying about personal consequences; he resents Yudhishthira’s terr The language isn’t particularly beautiful or impressive, which might be a fault of the translation itself. However, reading the Mahabharata from the perspective of Bhima, who in popular narrative is a physically powerful man with few complexities of character, was very interesting.

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He broods; he knows he hasn’t been given his due; he loves Draupadi who in turn loves Arjuna the most; he trains hard; he avenges his family without worrying about personal consequences; he resents Yudhishthira’s terrible, reckless decisions; he is vulnerable, he faces manipulative behavior from Yudhishthira, Draupadi and Kunti; and he mourns the loss of his sons through Draupadi and Hidimba.this is Bhima with complexity upon more complexity. This particular narrative is also low on magical elements such as Draupadi’s unending sari and Bhishma’s ability to choose his exact time of death. What was unexpected and extremely fascinating was the truth of Bhima’s parentage as revealed right at the end. Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone fascinated with the Mahabharata. Madathil Thekkepaattu Vasudevan Nair (Malayalam: മഠതതില തെകകെപാടട വാസുദേവന നായര) (born 9 August 1933), popularly known as MT, is a renowned Indian author, screenplay writer and film director. He was born in Kudallur, a small village in the present day Palakkad District, which was under the Malabar District in the Madras Presidency of the British Raj.

He is one of the most prolific and versatile wr Madathil Thekkepaattu Vasudevan Nair (Malayalam: മഠത്തില്‍ തെക്കെപാട്ട് വാസുദേവന്‍ നായര്‍) (born 9 August 1933), popularly known as MT, is a renowned Indian author, screenplay writer and film director. He was born in Kudallur, a small village in the present day Palakkad District, which was under the Malabar District in the Madras Presidency of the British Raj. He is one of the most prolific and versatile writers in modern Malayalam literature. In 2005, India's third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan was awarded to him.

He was awarded the highest literary award in India Jnanpith for his work Randamoozham. More information.