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Books Of The Week - Saturday 16th December 2023

Dwapar Katha: The Stories of the Mahabharata
by - Sudipta Bhawmik 

About the Book
The Mahabharata, one of India's most cherished epics, has fascinated generations. The age-old saga of warring cousins-the valiant Pandavas and the formidable Kauravas-has left an indelible mark on our collective imagination. Yet, beneath the stories of valour and villainy lie complex human emotions that challenge our ideas about 'good' and 'evil'. Can the virtuous always conquer the malevolent? Are the Kauravas truly the embodiment of darkness, while the Pandavas exude righteousness? Does Dharma triumph in the end?
In Dwapar Katha: The Stories of the Mahabharata, Sudipta Bhawmik delves deep into the intricacies of human nature as he explores the psyches of an eclectic cast of characters, unearthing their motivations and desires. He immerses us in their ceaseless inner struggles on a battlefield more profound than Kurukshetra. Feel the seething anger of Bheem as he rages against the silent Yudhishtir during Draupadi's disrobing and grieve with Duroyadhan when he loses his dear friend Karna in the war. Explore the concepts of Dharma and Karma along with the Pandavas, as Sudipta unearths age-old tales of the Vana Parva, where rishis share life lessons with the exiled Pandavas.
Rooted in Sudipta's immensely popular podcast, which has recorded over 20 million downloads, Dwapar Katha is a delight to read. The captivating prose and stunning illustrations breathe new life into this timeless tale where darkness and light intertwine and heroes are often indistinguishable from villains. The Mahabharata has never been more enchanting, thought-provoking and alive.

About the Author
Sudipta Bhawmik is an award-winning playwright who has written nearly forty plays in both Bengali and English languages. He has also authored four books. His plays have been produced and staged across the US, the UK, India, and Bangladesh, and they have been translated into Hindi, Marathi, and Tamil. Sudipta holds a Ph.D., a Master's degree, and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. He currently resides in New Jersey, USA.
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