Novel Randamoozham Book Review

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 10:17 [IST]
 
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Mahabharata, the great Indian epic, can firmly proclaimed as the mother to all epics. It is the depiction of the magic of words, which in combination creates a universe of well carved fusion of stories. No character, no description, not even a single word is insignificant in Mahabharata. From the very beginning to Mahaprasthana to the very end of Hastinapuri, the story is stunning and startling. This great Indian epic has been subject to numerous literary works from time to time. book review,malayalam novel,mt vasudevan nair,randamoozham,saneesh michael, a novel penned by M.T. Vasudevan Nair, the Jnanpith Award winner, stands high among the works inspired by Mahabharata.

"The sea was dark in color… feeding upon a vast city and the sky high palace the hands of waves smashed the shore as hungry for more… The roaring of the oceans seemed like the laugh of pride which erased the history of 'Yadu Vamsa'… Reminding himself not to look back into the flooded city or not to halt for the fallen ones, Yudistira started walking to the peaks of Mahameru and silently followed other Pandavas and Draupati… There opened the doors of heaven above the peaks among the clouds…"

The very last scene of Mahabharata is pictured emotionally in book review,malayalam novel,mt vasudevan nair,randamoozham,saneesh michael. M.T. is an author and is a maestro of words. From among the uncountable authors who made this epic a subject for their works, no one ever dared to do what M.T. did… retelling the Mahabharata, from the view of Bhima, the second Pandava. When we see Mahabharata story and incidents through the eyes of Bhima, it becomes not the story of few supernatural heroes, but the life and sorrows of few ordinary human beings, fated to live in exile and destined to sail through the ocean of tears.

book review,malayalam novel,mt vasudevan nair,randamoozham,saneesh michael is not an interpretation or criticism of Mahabharata, but a beautiful fiction extracted from the life of legendary characters of Mahabharata. However, a glimpse of true history and truth behind certain baseless practices could be traced in this novel. The respectful recreation of the classic is told from the point of view of the war hero Bhima, who gains, through the author's ironic undertones, a new psychological depth. M.T. told about his work "I have not changed the framework of the story by the first Vyasa, Krishna-Dwaipayana. I have read between his lines and expanded on his pregnant silences."

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