Harivamsha

Review From User :

I did not know that I had ordered a part of Mahabharat when I ordered this book.

But since I had already read the first thousand pages from the translation of Kisari Mohan Ganguly, I could surely relate to the characters and the style of expression.

The footnotes are really informative in this translation. Bibek Debroy seems to have done an excellent job.

As far as the story is concerned, it follows almost the same pattern as other parvas of mahabharat: The first half or so recounts different lineages and kingdoms starting from the very beginning, the second part explains the specific characters.

The more I read these books, the more I am convinced with the viewpoint that there was a basic text which has been used to incorporate a lot of other stories later on to be used as propaganda machine for the newer kings during the much later period.

A good read nonetheless.


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