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A superb commentary on the Mahabharat as a historical text. Ms Karve's mastery of the epic is obvious. Her interpretation of the individuals central to the story and what that says about the social mileu is intriguing. As others have written in reviews, the last two chapters are particularly fascinating. I particularly enjoyed her views on the evolution of Hinduism. In all: a must read. Strongly recommended. --Sandeep Saxena Jun 10, 2012

This tiny book is a collection of essays on a few choice characters of Mahabharata such as Vidur, Kunti, Draupadi, Gandhari and so on. Irawati Karwe was a sociologist par excellence and she brings her keen eye for subtleties underlying social dynamics and uncovers a whole new meaning for her readers. We had one of the essays: Draupadi, prescribed for reading during or English Literature course in DU. It was so intriguing and realistic that it made me eagerly anticipate reading the whole book. I especially enjoyed the essay on Gandhari, a character of immense tragic significance whom we miss in the Mahabharat only because of the crowd that constantly jostles for our attention. A fascinating book! For anyone with an intellectual persuasion and an abiding interest in Indian mythology - collectible. --S Singh May 18, 2012

Wanted to read this one since ages, great book at a reasonable price. The print was okay. --soumya panda Feb 18, 2015

About the Author

Irawati Karve (1905 11 August 1970) was an Indian sociologist, anthropologist, educationist, and a writer from Maharashtra, India.arve was born in 1905 to a wealthy Chitpavan Brahmin family and was named after the Irawaddy River in Burma where her father, Ganesh Hari Karmarkar, was working for the Burma Cotton Company. She attended a girls boarding school in Pune from the age of seven and then studied philosophy at Fergusson College, from which she graduated in 1926. She then obtained a Dakshina Fellowship to study sociology under G. S. Ghurye at Bombay University, obtaining a master's degree in 1928 with a thesis on the subject of her own caste titled The Chitpavan Brahmans An Ethnic Study.[1] Karve married Dinkar Dhondo Karve, who taught chemistry in a school, while studying with Ghurye. Although her husband was from a socially distinguished Brahmin family, the match did not meet with approval from her father, who had hoped that she would marry into the ruling family of a princely state. Dinkar was a son of Dhondo Keshav Karve, a campaigner for women's rights who, somewhat contradictoraly, opposed Dinkar's decision to send her to Germany for further studies.[2][a]

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd.; 2nd Revised edition edition (19 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8125014241
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 1 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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