- Paperback: 306 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications India (19 February 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8129137275
- ISBN-13: 978-8129137272
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,68,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tunnel of Varanavat: Mahabharat Reimagined Paperback – Import, 19 Feb 2016
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Gautam Chikermane is a writer tracking the worlds of money and power, faith and mythology. He is currently the new media director at Reliance Industries Ltd and a director on the board of CARE India. Earlier, he has worked in leadership positions for some of India’s top newspapers and magazines like the Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, The Financial Express and the Outlook group. He has served three terms as director on the board of Financial Planning Standards Board India and one as its vice chairman. He is also the author of The Disrupter: Arvind Kejriwal and the Rise of the Aam Aadmi. His body lives in Mumbai and New Delhi, his soul in Pondicherry.
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A definite must read.
It's easy to think about the Mahabharat in terms of Good vs evil.
The Tunnel... gives you a lot more to think about. It's a common man's story and he owns the narrative.
Badri is not exactly the underdog, he's not a downtrodden, he's not a subaltern. He's associated with the upper echelons of power in the kingdom of Hastinapur. He's the chief miner of the kingdom and has the ear of one of the most powerful of men in it. He's refreshingly honest, extremely principled, and wonderfully sensitive. In Badri's story is the story of the difference a 'common man', whose job it is usually to carry out orders, can make to the destiny of those he is ruled by. It is a story of how one man's decision and determination can change the course of history.
What I found remarkable about The Tunnel... is its intensely feministic leanings. It's a great retelling of the social angles as can be imagined having prevailed in those times.
What challenges does Badri face in helping the Pandavas escape? Can he deal with his past as a kshatriya? Who are his friends? Who are his enemies? What is Dharma? Is he taking the side of dharma by helping the Pandavas escape or is there more to it than what meets the eye?
You will come to know all of it and much more in 290 pages of racy action written in simple & lucid language. However, I found the mention of Yama as Yam & Vedas as Ved, a bit strange. All-in-all an excellent read for people who enjoy reading & understanding our great ancient civilization.
The book has been written in first person from the point of view of the main chatacter, Badri. The author has described Badri’s feelings and his past in detail. The story has been written in a way that I could actually picturise many scenes. It was like a movie playing, many a times.
The language is simple and the pace is well maintained, though there were a few places where I felt that the pace had slackened a bit, but the story covered up for it.
Overall, a very well written book
Recommended for lovers of mythology.
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