Background reading about Karna – The Philanthropic Warrior Karna was born to the unwed princess Kunti and Surya (the Sun God). She was not prepared to face the wrath of the society and gave Karna up – literally put him in a basket and let him float down the river. Karna was rescued by a poor charioteer and his wife, who brought Karna up with … Continue reading Mahabharat’s Karna, “The Philanthropic Warrior” — Hero or Anti Hero Part 2
Reference – What led to the infamous Game of Dice in Mahabharat? Pandu and his older brother Dhritrashtra were valiant princes of Hastinapur – the most powerful empire in India somewhere around 8th or 9th BCE. Dhritrashtra was blind by birth, and therefore rejected as an heir to the Hastinapur throne; he was replaced by Pandu. This made Dhritrashtra extremely jealous of Pandu. Soon after, Pandu … Continue reading Mahabharat misses an opportunity to highlight gambling as a social problem!
The dice is rolled and the warring, jealous extended families – the Pandavs and the Kauravs gamble it out to settle their personal scores. Kingdoms, valuables, and even brothers and wives are put at stake in the epic gamble. This week and the following week’s episodes of Mahabharata are perhaps the most crucial of all – they outline the factors that lead up to the … Continue reading Does Mahabharata justify Draupadi’s molestation?
If you have not started watching Mahabharata airing on Star Plus at 8.30 PM (Monday-Friday), then my friends, it is time to start! Most of us grew up watching B.R. Chopra’s and perhaps we have watched it multiple times (Here’s a link to Mahabharata Movies and Books for your reference). How can we forget the larger than life actors as the characters of Mahabharat: Mukesh Khanna as Bheesma, Nitish Bhardwaj … Continue reading 5 Reasons to watch the “New Mahabharata” today!