Author: Subodh GhosePradip Bhattacharya/Translator(s): Pradip BhattacharyaPublisher: Indialog PublicationsYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 330ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187981792
Erotic in style and content, this collection unearths the forgotten and lesser known tales of love from the great epic. The narrative is sensuous and often sensual in detail, pulsating with the blood and throb of bodies that breath in unison, in a world particularized by its own mores. Parikshit and Sushobhana, Agni and Svaha, Agastya and Lopamudra, and many more lovelorn couples take the reader on a journey through the crosscurrents of physical desire and psychic union.A literary work assumes epic proportion because it survives the ravages of that great obliterator-Time. It survives because it has something eternal which appeals to people across the boundaries of time and space. Generations of poets wish to draw their subject matter from the inexhaustible treasure house of the epics. But then, they invest the stories with their own interpretation, which is essentially a reflection of the contemporary more s and social, moral and cultural environment. And the success and acceptability of the new creations depend entirely upon the sensitivity of the writer. The Mahabharata, at the end of Chapter VI, says, As the clouds sustain everything and everyone, the Mahabharata will provide sustenance and inspiration to all future generations of poets and writers.
Translator’s NoteIntroduction by Major Gen S K SenParikshit and SushobhanaSumukh and GunakeshiAgasya and LopamudraAtirath and PingalaMandapal and LapitaUtatha and ChandreyiSamvaran And TapatiAgni And SvahaBhaskar and PrithaVasuraj and GirikaGalav and MadhaviRuru and PramadvaraAnala and BhaswatiBhrigu and PulomaChyavan and SukanyaJaratakaru and AstikaaJanak and SulabhaDevsharma and RuchiAshtavakr and SuprabhaIndra and Shruvavati