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Krishna Dharma's dramatisations of the Mahabharata, Ramayana and Panchatantra have become the world's best selling editions of the epics, captivating readers in a dozen languages all around the world.
"Blockbuster treatment!" "I could not tear my mind away." The Guardian
Krishna Dharma's presentation of India's spiritual classics such as the Mahabharata for the modern reader makes them easily accessible and highly enjoyable. While remaining true to the original Sanskrit texts, he brings the stories vividly to life.
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great spiritual epics
Exciting new dramatisations by Krishna Dharma
In this exciting new rendition of a cherished ancient
classic, Krishna Dharma presents a masterpiece of suspense, intrigue,
romance, and spiritual wisdom.
'In the realms of ethics,
economic development, worldly pleasure, and ultimate liberation,
whatever is found in this epic may be found elsewhere, but what
is not found here will be impossible to find anywhere else.'
(Mahabharata, Adi-parva 56.33)
||Panchatantra, India's famous collection of fables has enthralled audiences for centuries. Full of humour, wit, and wisdom, the tales combine artfully to convey basic life lessons.
These fabulous stories, originally imparted by a sage to three young princes, all illustrate that knowing how to use knowledge is more important than knowledge itself.
The only non-scholarly version available, it is elegantly crafted and simple to read. Both younger readers and adults will enjoy reading this vivid retelling of Panchatantra.
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What reviewers have said ...
Midwest Book Review
"Dharma successfully captures the mood
and majesty of a rich and ancient epic and, in the process, does
full justice to the critical elements of the complex story. A well-wrought
saga that will be appreciated by Western readers and admirably serve
to introduce a new generation to the rich spiritual, cultural, and
historic legacy of India. Highly recommended."
Mahesh Nair - India Today
"Rarely, if ever, has an ancient
epic received such modern blockbuster treatment. The narrative
moves effortlessly, often as racily as a thriller, without compromising
the elevated style and diction. The visual imagery is every bit
as impressive as anything achieved in the cinematic editions."
James F. DeRoche - Library Journal
"Dharma's Mahabharata is very readable,
its tone elevated without being ponderous. Though condensed, it
still runs to more than 900 pages and would interest all serious
students of Hinduism. Recommended for academic libraries and public
libraries with collections on religion."
Rachel Styer - Magical Blend Magazine
"When I dove into the Mahabharata,
I expected something along the lines of a dry Arabian Knights,
but what I got was something else! Once I began to read, I just
could not tear my mind away from the book. Even as I write this,
my mind lingers on the glorious spiritual Indian mythology captured
on its pages. If you are looking for a cross between Arthurian
legends and cultural epic spiked with romance, and overarching
spiritual guidance, Mahabharata is for you. Aside from the wonderful
magical tales, the novel is an ancient authority on karma, reincarnation,
James Meek, The Guardian
"With its intense love scenes, jewelled
palaces, vast battles, superheroes, magical weapons and warring
families, the novelised version resembles a 20th century saga-cum-soap
opera, a marriage of Barbara Taylor Bradford and Arthur Hailey.
It has, after all, already been turned into a TV soap, broadcast
earlier in the decade on the BBC."
"This is a well written work that
captures very successfully the Ramayana's epic quality. I have studied
the religion, taught it, and written about it for some years, and
by reading this version of the epic the nuances of the Ramayana
kept rising to the surface like bubbles in a boiling saucepan. It
deserves to be popular and widely read. I am thankful for a good
and thought-provoking read."
Dr.Owen Cole PhD
Author and Lecturer in Religious
Studies, Chichester College
"For anyone who has no previous acquaintance
with the Ramayana, this translation provides an accessible form
of its basic narrative, free of most of the accretions that have
surrounded it over the centuries. This translation is more than
a reworking, though, since it stays so close to the Valmiki Ramayana,
and is rather a vivid retelling, with the religious message that
it has acquired presented in a way adjusted to our times. Above
all, it is to be commended for the way it brings the story to
Professor J.L.Brockington, PhD
Department of Sanskrit, University
"Ramayana makes for lively reading
as a good adventure and love story as well as a guide to spiritual
practice. Dharma consulted several existing translations and the
Adhyatma Ramayanato to produce a clear, contemporary, and highly
readable rendering of this ancient Indian classic."
California State University (for
"A spellbinding adventure and a
work of profound philosophy, offering answers to life's deepest
questions, Ramayana is a beautiful tale of romance and high adventure.
Krishna Dharma has provided the English-speaking reader with a
superb opportunity to discover and enjoy this ancient and influential
The Midwest Book Review
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