Reading the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra - Day 8

There is some justice in reading Markandeya’s rendition of the Ramayana, recited to the Pandavas, as I sit in Hampi. A large part of the Kishkinda Kanda is supposed to have occurred here, and I remember the stories that my grandfather told me about how Hanuman was born on Anjanadri... Continue reading...

Reading the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra - Day 7

As I read the Mahabharata today, a British lady came up to me to ask me about Hampi. She was wondering if the heat had something to do with global warming. I assured her that it has always been this hot here. It’s why Krishnadevaraya built so many pushkarinis, and... Continue reading...

Reading the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra - Day 6

Wherever I sit down in Hampi, I can’t help but ask myself if once, a long time ago, Krishnadevaraya walked past this very spot. I wonder if I have walked along paths he liked to walk through, I wonder if he could appreciate the poetry of sitting under a tree... Continue reading...

Reading the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra - Day 5

I do not believe in religion, I despise the organized rituals that exist today. That is not Sanathana Dharma. Dharma is subtle, it is imbued into the blood of people such as Prahalada and Bali. It runs through the veins of Markandeya, and it is in the pillars of the... Continue reading...

Reading the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra - Day 4

How we ruin ourselves. Mankind has always fallen flat on its face when faced with the questions of Dharma. Dharma isn’t difficult to comprehend, adharma is just easier. Then, did the maharathas of the Mahabharata know Dharma? As I stand at the edge of the temple, I read out the... Continue reading...

Reading the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra - Day 3

This land belongs to the monkeys. It is theirs to frolic in, it is theirs to own. We have somehow faltered here, and they know it far better than we. The wind blows my hair into my eyes, it cries out, howling like a dog in the distance. Perhaps it... Continue reading...

Reading the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra - Day 2

It is unbelievably calm atop a hill. I was right when I chose this spot to read the Mahabharata. Reading of Shakuntala and Dushyantha, I lost myself in her pain as he denied loving her. Reading about Yayati and how he beseeched his sons to share with him their youth,... Continue reading...

Reading the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra - Day 1

Where would you read the Mahabharata? I chose to go to Hampi, the land where I was born. Continue reading...