The Mahabharata meets modern Indian history in an intellectual roller coaster ride of a novel. In Shashi Tharoor’s satirical masterpiece, the story of the. About the Author. Shashi Tharoor was born in London and brought up in Bombay and Calcutta. A winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, he is the interim. Read Great Indian Novel book reviews & author details and more at general of the United Nations, Shashi Tharoor is the prize- winning, author of.

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So employ your own crooked men To gather information; From the market and the gambling den Let them take the pulse of the nation. Pandu wins the election in book nine, but he resigns after onvel vote of no confidence following disagreements between himself and Gangaji. In the midst of all the tragedy and violence, the author has a knack for silly puns and a bit of parody. In many cases, characters are related to multiple real personages and vice versa:.

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What if he had anointed Netaji as his heir whom he had once called “the patriot amongst patriots”? It also comments on the Indian Independence Ibdian. I will most likely be looking up some non-fiction resources on South-Asian history, since this truly has me intrigued.

The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor

Yes, you read that right: Dhritarashtra snatches defeat from the jaws of victory by halting the Indian Army’s advance and calling in the United Nations. The story is packed with witty innuendos, rumbustious parody and cleverly crafted one-liners making it a delightful read. The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. He maintains the emergency was not the right thing to do but still he defends Indira Gandhi, saying there was no other choice. Pandu joins Gangaji in his protest, while Gandhari has a daughter named Priya Duryodhani.


Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Personally, there are several quotes or even paragraphs in this book which are worth reading again and even taking some ‘life-lessons’ from them!

Lal Bahadur Shastrithe second prime minister, who directed a military victory against Pakistan, but died while attending cease-fire talks. Gandhi as president was not captured very well. How on insian can one read Shashi Tharoor? Karna proposes a coalition government in the legislative assembly of the Northern Province. The return of Krishna to local politics marks the beginning of inrian failure of the People’s Front.

Counterpart to the Mahabharata ‘ s “Book of the Maces.

I have often wondered what might have happened had he been able to see the world around him as the rest of us can.

Tyaroor leads the opposition to Mohammed ijas’s rule. Bungling assassins kill a Professor Kipling instead of Colonel Rudyard. Ganeshthe elephant-headed Hindu god who wrote down Vyasa’s account of the Mahabharata. If you want to know about Gandhiji’s ascetic lifestyle or about Nehru’s failure translating Fabian principles into action, turn to this book. The British Raj and the Conquest of India. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. A must read for anyone interested in Indian politics. In pages, The Great Indian Novel superimposes the modern Indian history on the great epic Mahabharata with considerable success.

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The Great Indian Novel

He also criticizes the opposition for it. Unlike in the original MahabharataTharoor’s Ekalavya refuses and flees in horror. Jawaharlal NehruIndia’s first prime minister, often termed a blind idealist. If you like to get your history in fiction form, this thharoor also a great intro to the Indian independence movement. The British Empire in India. There are so many nuances that a foreigner would miss.


Heaslop hte Sir Richard to let passions dissipate on their own, but Sir Richard instead calls in Colonel Rudyard and the Fifth Baluch, which starts firing on the unarmed gathering in the Bibighar Gardens. I finally understand Ghandi’s philosophy behind his fasting and why he believed that non-violent resistance was the only way to defeat their British oppressors.

Why Shashi Tharoor’s Great Indian Novel still appeals

She enters her own life as if for the first htaroor. He has won India’s highest honour for overseas Indians, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, and numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Dhritarashtra annexes Comea, a Portuguese hreat.

Gangaji outmanoeuvres Pandu, who loses a vote of confidence and resigns. I make no apologies for this. Why I Am a Hindu. When Kalaam, the god of time, offers to bear Yudhishtir to the court of history, Yudhishtir refuses to leave his faithful dog behind.

A significant characteristic of Tharoor’s version of the story is the emphasis on the older generations e. Ved Vyas convenes a training camp where the Pandavas are gerat by Draupadi. It is broken into eighteen books and is based on the epic Hindu myth of Mahabharata. His wife, Georgina, is excited at the prospect of dallying with lusty Indian men.

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