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This volume as well as the other unabridged versions by Menon, in my opinion, are for the English speaking student and devotee of the epic. It does not read as naturally as Menon's "modern retelling" version. That version got me hooked on The Mahabharata. Some of the scenes brought me to tears by their sheer beauty, wonder and drama. Being so enthralled, I felt I had to read the unabridged versions. I am now on the third one (having read the first and this second volume). While I am enjoying my reading and finding the story as grand and glorious as ever, I find that these unabridged versions suffer somewhat as they adhere to the formal nature of the epic's language and scene arrangements. The reader must bring his own contemplative vision to the text to make it take flight. Menon's "modern retelling" version, however, takes flight from the very first page.