Heroes of the Mahabharata: The 5 faces of Karna

In response to my previous post about neglected characters in the Mahabharata, many comments referred to Karna, which sort-of propelled me to do this post. Karna is one of the most enigmatic characters in the epic. If you could pick just one person from the story who personifies its ‘grey’ nature, you would do well […]

What does it mean to be a woman?

The title of this post may seem at first glance to be deliberately provocative, but that’s not my intention. It is simply a question that any male writer that attempts to write convincing women must ask himself. To be more specific, the question I grappled with before I began the ‘Hastinapur’ series was this: What would […]

Emotionalizing the Mahabharata: Adding fresh perspectives to the world’s oldest tale

One of the first questions I am often asked at book launches is why I am writing a series based on the Mahabharata. When I first told my agent four years ago that I was thinking of doing something like this, his advice for me was: ‘Don’t do it.’ When I asked why, he said, […]

Who are some neglected characters of the Mahabharata?

As some of you may know, I’ve just begun a series of novels telling the stories of some of the ‘bit-part’ players of the Mahabharata. The first book, The Winds of Hastinapur, looks at Ganga and Satyavati, the two people who, as mothers of Bhishma, sire the race of the Kurus. The book ends with […]