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From the bestselling author of Kari comes a brilliant new interpretation of mythology. Combining stories from the Adi Parva which precede the main narrative. Amruta Patil’s Adi Parva is a feminist retelling of the Mahabharat, with an interesting focus on its women characters. Review by Sandhya. Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean | Amruta Patil. Worth its weight in gold. To know if a tale is worth its weight in gold, check if it reveals itself.

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Amruta Patil ‘s Amrruta Parva is a graphic novel retelling of the first amrutq of the Mahabharatathat shelf-long Indian epic of heroism, love, sacrifice, and magical warfare.

The Mahabharata should need no introduction, but it often does, at least in Western circles. The drawings will definitely make me want to reread the book. The story is told by a woman sutradhaar the narrator — not just any woman — the river Ganga herself in human form, a mute witness to all of history.

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Each page has at most a two-three lines of text, which leaves you with a full page of charcoal or color illustrations to gaze at. In the turning of galaxies. As Ganga says at the end: Pxrva page has at most a two-three lines of text, which leaves you with a full page of charcoal or color illustrations to gaze at.

Her comparison of Kunti and Vinata, the first portrayal of Gandhari and the motif of riverbanks and women as a recurring theme in the Mahabharata were some of the tidbits that are going to stay with me for some time. I got a lot done. The illustrations are breathtaking no doubt, however what is also very charming about the book is the way the tale has been narrated.

Should children read this book? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Have also got ptil sequel “Sauptik” and am champing at the bit to start on Any retelling of this pattil epic is bound to be interesting.

Review by Sandhya Renukamba Adi Parva is the story of the Mahabharat as it stretches into infinity before the birth of the Pandavas. In the drawings you must avoid the temptation to introduce faux novelty for the sake of breaking the tedium and boredom that could arise from more of the same.


It took me out of the book and I asked about it in an FB group, worrying it was a printing Read this one some time in If you found this website helpful, please support it prava making a donation: If one has gone around the block only to emerge as an evangelist with a single bottle of tonic to peddle to address every malady and human situation under the sun, then one has missed the point aei a hundred miles.

Some graphics appear to have been created by painting over pamphlets, and the original typed text that shows through the vibrant colours on some pages, is deeply symbolic of maruta interface between the so-called original text and its repeated retellings.

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Adi Parva – Churning of the Ocean

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The story itself has its own sutradhaar, Ganga, the river, the goddess.

If you want to retell larva Mahabharata, and want it to stand out from the thousands of retellings over the thousands of years, you have only a few choices. There are various themes running through the entire story — of feminism underline however it is thererivalry, the context of times gone by and the current times, of the different ages and how men and their nature changes and more so the idea of storytelling. I adore the story-within-a-story narrative, and the paintings are gorgeous.

Not far away, smoke rises to the sky, and fiery sparks shoot up to burn the stars: It was with a heavy heart that I finally finished this book.

The forthrightness of Shakuntala in the way she speaks to her husband Dushyant about the truth and the rights of her son. He’s summoned rishis and magicians to call the serpents into his fire, so to be sure he doesn’t miss a single one. I do wish there was a little more depth to each story told within the network of stories. Churning of the Ocean Amruta Patil.

Follow Women’s Web newsletters facebook twitter gplus. I know for sure that I will be eagerly waiting for the other installments in this series. Want to Read saving…. And why is it Mahabharata when we could have just as easily written Mahabharat, as it is pronounced. Most of them are intelligent, conscientious people who actually have something to say; and are not just self-indulgently documenting non-lives and violent fantasies and menstrual cycles and efforts to get laid.


Sometimes a storyteller meets a tale so vast she can only start with the gods.

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Makes for a beautiful read This lavishly produced high quality edition is a marvelous work, for several reasons. Like Shakuntala, she was akruta of a king and an apsara. View all 7 comments. Aci 22, Vaidehi rated it it was amazing.

Jul 30, Nanta rated it really liked it. As for the words-pictures debate, I find it hopelessly banal. Really, that should be enough to convince you to run out and buy Adi Parva now.

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Frankly, I found the illustrations dense and rather abstract – as if clouded by the mists of time. This may just be a happy accident, but it’s a nice, subtle thread to an already-impressive tapestry. Ships from and sold by Amazon. The prose is lyrical and thoughtful and the approach innovative. In this framed narrative that weaves together numerous tales, each richer than the last, it is not unusual for ends to be preceded by beginnings.

I was gently ridiculed for not understanding it was “palimpsest” and supposedly it is common in graphical novels. Could be ‘cz the Mahabharata, for all of Miss Patil’s exhortations about the need for cosmic stories to be continuously re-interpreted, seems antiquated to me. As a translator of the Mahabharata, unabridged or edited, you do not have the leeway or license to excise the more adult-themed material from the epic. Amruta Patil is a writer, painter and illustrator. Unlike Shakuntala, though, this queen was a fierce boulder- not victim- of fate.