Hari Krishnan

The style of narration of the Mahabharata (I mean that of Vaisampayana’s narrative of Vyasa Bharata) and the spectrum of Time that the entire narrative covers are two of the important factors that are to be kept in mind, in order that one may have a...
Drona had proposed to form the army in a half Sakata (wheel) and half lotus array.  Among the leaves of the lotus, at the centre of it, would be formed an array of a needle, with Karna, Bhurisravas, Aswatthaman, Vrishasena, Kripa and Salya standing...
At Upaplavya, the place where Pandavas where staying after completing the term of exile, a place that belonged to King Virata, the question of going in War against Duryodhana and company was discussed threadbare. Remember.  For thirteen full years...
When we get over the problem of the narrative style and the subject of Time in Mahabharata, the next biggest task is to come to grips with names.  No.  I am not talking about the many number of people, exceedingly difficult number of characters and...
In our last post, we saw the words of Kaikeyi, while admonishing Manthara.  Take a closer look at the last two lines of the quartet: mayil muṟaik kulattu urimaiyai, maṉu mutal marapai;ceyir uṟa, pulaic cintaiyāl, eṉ coṉāy? - tīyōy! Sri VVS Aiyar’s...
We were talking about the dual aspect of Krishna’s role, letting everyone know that He is the Omniscient,...
It was a sleepless night for Krishna.  He consoled his sister, her daughter-in-law, Panchali, Kunti and others...
What we went into in our earlier instalments was not an isolated incident, though it was the one instance when...
We were talking about Arjuna’s vow to kill Jayadratha before sunset the next day.  Arjuna undertook this...
Sometimes I am amazed at the casual manner in which Poet Bharati slips very rare, sparsely known, intricate details,...
To war or to peace, was the question that was raging high on that day of discussion when Krishna was nominated to be...
I must have been seven or eight years old when I was introduced to Ramayana and Mahabharata.  It was my mother...