The Boys Who Fought: The Mahabharata for Children Paperback – 15 September 2017
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A Very Long Epic
Once upon a time, there was a man called Vyasa. His father was a sage. His mother was a fisherwoman. He was born on a river island, and had a dark complexion. Vyasa grew up watching animals fight. Then he saw humans fight. And he wondered, what was the difference? In the forest, the mighty eat the meek. In human society, the mighty can take care of the meek. This is dharma, realized Vyasa. It creates a decent human society.
Inspired, Vyasa wrote an incredible story in 1,00,000 verses, split into eighteen chapters, about the fight between a hundred brothers and their five cousins.
Ganesha, who has the head of an elephant, wrote down Vyasa’s story, which became renowned as the Mahabharata, the great Indian epic, for Bharata is another name for India.
Others called it Bharata Kavya, the song of the Bharatas, for the hundred brothers and their five cousins belonged to the Bharata clan, also known as the Kuru clan, which once ruled over India. Some people called the story Vijaya, the story of victory, for it describes how the Pandava five, with just seven armies, defeated the Kaurava hundred, with eleven armies, in an eighteen-day-long war.
Vyasa, however, insisted that his epic should be called Jaya, a victory in which no one was defeated. For, in the story, Krishna of the Yadu clan, cousin to both the Pandavas and the Kauravas, reveals a different kind of fight-a greater fight that takes place before weapons are raised on the battlefield, a fight of thoughts and emotions that arises inside our minds and hearts.
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- Item Weight : 449 g
- Paperback : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780143441618
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143441618
- Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Publisher : Penguin Random House India (15 September 2017)
- Reading level : 9 - 11 years
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0143441612
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So I bought this book and I was not a bit disappointed with my purchase. Although my son (6 years old) couldn’t read the book himself and I had to read it to him, he truly enjoyed it.
The book is very well written. It’s simple narrative and the lucid language works the best to explain a complex topic like Mahabharata to the young minds. The simple narrative in no way comprises on the vital aspects of the story line. The facts are also well mentioned.
The simplicity of book ensures the learnings and the morals are well highlighted for the kids to grasp and ponder over.
Full credit to the author as the narrative is very well organized and structured, for a long and complex text like Mahabharata to be presented in a crisp and concise manner for the young readers.
Personally for us it was great read, since as we read and watched the series it was lot more easier and interesting to relate to the incidents and the story overall.