Epic Retold

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'Chindu Sreedharan, a U.K.-based lecturer, is retelling the Mahabharata using the micro-blogging service, hoping to lure readers with creative snippets posted in chronological order.

“This is not quite about capturing the philosophical richness of the original Mahabharata -- but presenting a version that will, hopefully, suit the medium,” Sreedharan, 36, told Reuters in an e-mail interview.

The Sanskrit epic, one of Hinduism’s crucial texts, deals with a dynastic struggle for power that ends in victory for the righteous. It is regarded as an allegorical lesson in righteous living integral to much of India’s cultural consciousness.

While the original Mahabharata has a main narrator, Sreedharan's version (twitter.com/epicretold) is told from the point of view of Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers who triumph over their hundred Kaurava cousins in battle.'

(Source: Reuters Project Announcement)

Originally tweeted over 1605 days between 2009 and 2012, Epic Retold was published in print by HarperCollins India in 2014.


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I think of the first day I faced off with Bhima, that hot morning of our childhood at the skills demonstration. Could all this have happened if I had killed him then? If only Dronacharya had not intervened!

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