Short stories based on the Mahabharata.

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21 comments

  1. Kripa means grace, mercy, blessings in Sanskrit and of course Kripi is the feminine version of the thought. Kripa has a role to play in the future story. Let’s see how you bring this out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Ian,
      For that brief re the meanings. Kripacharya is an important supporting character.
      Contrary to popular belief, there are several versions of Mahabharata. Some versions donโ€™t mention him until he pops up at the tournament of arms. I’m taking a novelist’s approach and decided to include an introduction at this early stage. There are several story strands branching out and even scholars cannot always agree which incident/event occurred first.
      It’s a task to pull the stories into a coherent whole without losing continuity but at the same time, keeping the tension to engage readers.
      All good wishes,
      Eric

  2. Hi Eric,

    Devavrata – finally the truth of the killings was unveiled. Must be tough for Ganga to live and act on such a decision. I like the way you said Ganga related the story to Shantanu through telepathy.

    A bitter sweet relationship and heart-wrenching. But I reckon all has their own tasks to accomplish in this world and once done, we will leave.

    1. Hi Windy,
      I can’t imagine any mother enduring such a tragedy. Must be devastating.
      Telepathy – well, I’ve wondered how an immortal would communicate with mere mortals like us. Glad you liked that touch of telepathy ๐Ÿ™‚
      I believe we come to earth or similar rough worlds to learn through mistakes and experience. Those who don’t own up, don’t learn, will keep returning. Now, that’s the real hell, I reckon.
      Have a great week ahead,
      Eric

  3. I have read the originals a couple of times but that was years ago so it is nice to have your stories in summary form as a reminder. To our modern mind these ancient epics may seem strange in their philosophy from time to time, but even in today’s India people accept what is presented there as rational for the times and understandable for them today.

    1. Hello Ian,
      To borrow terms used in modern novels, the Mahabharata has many characters and subplots but only one primary plot.
      When we delve into the backstories of the various “supporting” characters, it gets interesting and even confusing as there is quite a divergence. It’s a a job to pick through the various strands and pull them into a cohesive sequence. Challenging but also fascinating.
      All good wishes,
      Eric

  4. Hello Eric,

    The She-Devil – I got two views on this episode.

    The first one is: I wonder if crime was committed for the greater good. Was it to fulfill a destiny? Now you make me doubtful – is the killer the offender or the one who mete justice on the killer is the offender.

    The second one is, given the current context, Ganga would have been caught for murder on the first kill and there will be no more six killings to carry out, LOL.

    1. Hello Windy,

      1st: When reading one episode at a time, one does not see the full picture. That’s the drawback with serials. Perhaps the next episode holds the answers ๐Ÿ™‚

      2nd: With regards to Ganga’s guilt – how many guilty ones in our modern society, especially those with power/money/connections, get away scot-free?

      Instead of looking outside, let’s focus on Singapore. This book is an eye-opener >>> https://www.amazon.com/Once-Jolly-Hangman-Singapore-Justice/dp/1742663737

      Cheers!
      Eric

  5. HI Eric,
    Lotus in the Mud – what an apt description. Ganga must be the ultimate beauty in Shantanu’s eyes. Their planned reunion on earth was supposedly joyful but does not seem to be the case. Waiting for the next episode.

    I feel that you deliver more details in all aspects when presented in a short story and I simply enjoy it.

    1. Hello Windy,
      In ancient times, the need to procreate and produce a male heir drives the royals and becomes an obsession. In this relationship, the tables get somewhat turned.
      Thank you for your visit and comment,
      Eric ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hello Eric,
    I got my 2nd Newsletter, Mahabishaโ€™s Indiscretion
    It’s a beautiful story with a tinge of sadness that human frailty oftentimes prevail. The words you used, I can only describe it as “tug at the heartstrings”.
    As for my thoughts – in a way I am glad it is not just us mere mortals who are prone to make mistakes, even the gods of higher realms failed too. And the bitter-sweet of human love is difficult enough on its own, but we had to pile it more with all the social morality and implications. Led me to wonder if we were among the “cursed” ones who had to come down and pay our penance. LOL.

    1. Hello Windy,
      I’m glad you like the story. As you might know, the original version comes across as “preachy”. I’m taking a novelist’s approach. Establishing scenes, characters and dialogue that is more down-to-earth, so to speak.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      Much appreciate your input:-)
      Eric

    1. Good to know, Ian
      Hope you like the read ๐Ÿ™‚
      With people working from home, the internet has slowed down bad. And I’m on one of the “highest speed” subscriptions. LOL.
      Cheers!
      Eric

      1. Sorry about your internet problems. We are on the highest speed too but with all these people working from home now we do get occasional buffering watching YouTube series on high definition.

  7. Hello Eric,
    Re: Mahabharata Introduction
    I am so excited to receive your email with the 1st short story of the Mahabharata. Enjoy is quite an understatement. I was totally immersed.
    Just to share my thoughts: the divine works through mystifying channels, perhaps Vyasa was the chosen vessel to link the mortal and the divine, as the story told by the divine may be beyond the mortal’s understanding. Thanks to Vyasa’s perseverance, to this day the world never stop talking about the Mahabharata.
    Can’t wait for the next story.
    Cheers,
    Windy.

    1. Thank you, Windy,
      For sharing your thoughts. The epic lends to many interpretations. I’m glad the first installment turned out well for you.
      You should receive the next episode one week from the first.
      Enjoy your weekend at home ๐Ÿ™‚
      Keep safe, keep well,
      Eric

  8. Hello Eric,
    I have successfully subscribed to your newsletter. The system confirmed I am not a robot, LOL. I am so looking forward to read the short stories on the Mahabharata. Am sure it is going to be captivating.
    Meanwhile, have a great weekend.
    Cheers, Windy.

      1. Hello and welcome aboard, Dhanalakshmi ๐Ÿ™‚
        I see that you received and opened my Welcome email. Thank you. In 2 days time, you will receive another email with a surprise gift for signing up. If you like the gift, let your friends know too.
        Thank you for signing up. Keep safe and keep well,
        Eric

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