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178 comments

  1. Hi Eric,

    Shifting Loyalties – It is so typically you to paint yourself to a corner, LOL. In this context, I refer to the Pandavas giving up their magic pot. It is as if you deliberately create an inextricable situation and hold the reader in suspense for the next episode on how to overcome this tough decision. That’s why I’m drawn in to your writings.

    1. Hi Windy,

      From what I know, in the Mahabharata, the magic pot appears to help Panchali feed Durvasa and his ravenous followers; does its magic; and is never heard of again. I introduced this diversion for the sake of closure and also to highlight Sakuni’s skills in statecraft.

      Glad that you like my little attempts to add some spice to the pot, so to speak 🙂

      Cheers!
      Eric

  2. Hello Eric,

    Our Task on Earth – unfortunately there is no reference books or guidelines on this task and no religious leaders or professors can advise on this subject. We do not really know if we had accomplished our task until we leave. If there is anything to go by, we can only rely on our instincts to kick us if we did poorly or make us feel good if we did right. This is a tough subject but you made the answers sound plausible.

    1. Hello Windy,

      All religions speak of the after-life. Their prescription is all-encompassing. That is, do good and you’ll be on the right path. But is there more? Is there a “greater good” we should do than merely “doing good” as we perceive on earth?

      Some are settled and content; others seek. Who is right? Each to her/his own, I reckon.

      Peace,
      Eric

  3. Hi Eric,

    Arjuna refuses to do Battle – the conversation between Arjuna and Krishna on the before and after life takes a different concept from the religious teachings. You made the concept very convincing but we will need an open mind to view and consider such possibilities. But it took on a refreshing angle altogether.

    1. Hi Windy,

      In the original versions, these two chapters refer to the Bhagavad Gita. I digressed; took liberties with literary leeway; and hope that readers will find merit in the possibilities revealed.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

  4. HI Eric,

    Happy New Year! Here’s wishing you and your family a blessed new year, good health and prosperity.

    Karna draws First Blood – I cannot fully comprehend what goes through the thoughts of those sent out to fight in a war. But I believe it must be a conflicting situation, will he survive, will he be a burden to his family in future, what of his family, who will perish and can he withstand the trauma of the painful sight. The end result is quite often undesired.

    I like how you cast doubts in Arjuna at the last moment, as if he suddenly had cold feet even though he knows he is a great warrior.

    1. Hi Windy,

      War is the ultimate human tragedy because it is self-inflicted and ultimately, everyone loses – including the so-called victors – I reckon.

      Men suffer and their trials and fears, their courage and cowardice, and victories and defeats are well-documented.

      But for every battle in the field, another battle rages back home – in the hearts and the hearths. Not much, if any attention, is accorded to the souls and their sufferings in these silent battles fought by women, old men, and children. How does one cope with the anguish of the wait?

      Frankly, I rather be on the battle field than face the fear and anguish that comes with waiting at home.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

  5. Hello Eric,

    The Gathering Storm – this unfortunately has not been one of my favorite chapter as I am not into war and rank appointments. Quite glad that Karna created some chaos challenging Bhisma’s decision or his war ethics.

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    1. Hi Windy,

      I understand that not everyone will relish military matters and jargon. But this is an important chapter and lays the ground work for the tragedies to follow. It reveals the bigotry and pettiness of great war-chiefs such as Bhishma and Drona.

      Glad that you managed to plod through the chapter 🙂

      Cheers!
      Eric

  6. Hello Eric,

    Shalya falls for Sakuni’s Ploy – you can never let your guard down anywhere or be presumptuous. Never know the underhanded ways and lengths that people go through to trick you. Aftermath of drinks and pleasures can be shocking. But I think it was an ingenious plot.

    1. Hi Windy,

      In the original versions of Mahabharata (there are several regional versions), the Kauravas simply tricked Shalya into supporting Duryodhana. There is no meat to how they accomplished this unbelievable feat. Therefore, I crafted an elaborate plot worthy of the ultimate schemer – Sakuni – and also to illustrate how an accomplished and shrewd king, Shalya, was misled into supporting the wrong side.

      I hope readers enjoyed my version of how Shalya was tricked.

      Cheers!
      Eric

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