Author: A Collection
Translator(s)/ Edito: Anant Pai
Publisher: India Book House
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175084820
This set of comic books in Hindi includes 4 titles:
1. Bhagwan Budh
4. Chatur Raaman
1. Bhagwan Budh:
Hinduism, like any other living religion, produced its share of free thinkers. Prince Siddhartha who became Gautama the Buddha, was the most exceptional of them. The Hinduism that caught Siddhartha’s attention had lost much of its primal energy and pristine purity.
He refused to subscribe to the caste system, which had ceased to be Dharma and had instead become, a tool for oppression. He would not accept the power-drunk priests as sole agents of God. He questioned the authority of the Vedas. He was convinced that penance and meditation as mere rituals, without the accompanying sincerity and contemplation, were futile.
So he set out alone to seek the ultimate truth. His search led him to enlightenment that liberated him as he pondered under a Bodhi tree. He returned to preach what he had known and experienced and did it with compassion for his fellow beings -- as converting was never his aim.
Today, he has followers all over the world but the largest numbers are concentrated in the Far-Eastern countries.
Abhimanyu, like a shooting star, illuminates the horizon of the Mahabharata epic for a few moments and vanishes in trails of glory. Abhimanyu’s father was the great Arjuna, His mother Subhadra was the sister of Lord Krishna. In spite of being overshadowed by such powerful personalities, Abhimanyu had no difficulty in finding his rightful place among the greatest of his time.We know little about Abhimanyu’s childhood except his lineage. His marriage to Uttara remained in the shadow of Arjuna’s overbearing presence. But in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, he came into his own and proved his mettle. His humility as seen in his obedience to Yudhishthira, hi idealism in taking up the fatal assignment and his courage in confronting the enemy – all these proclaim a hero greater than any of the Pandavas.In took seven of the greatest on the Kaurava side to vanquish the young lion that was Abhimanyu. Youth has seldom scaled such heights in ant epic known to mankind.
Kalidasa, the greatest poet of classical Sanskrit, is known only through his writings. His works tell us that he was probably a Brahmin and a devotee of Shiva. Apart from this, there are no clues to his personal life. Even the names of his parents are not known, nor his place of birth. The mystery surrounding him has given rise to incredible legends about him which are current even today. Our script is based on one of these legends.Kalidasa is the author of several great Sanskrit poetical works (or Mahakavyas) and plays for which is justly famous – Raghuvamsha, Kumarasambhava, Meghaduta, Ritusamhara, Abhijana Shakuntala, Vikramorvashiya and Malavika-Agnimitra.These reveal that Kalidasa was a lover of nature and his descriptions suggest that he must have travelled widely. His poetry has the freshness and beauty of a mountains stream. He portrays women with tenderness. He exhibits a special love for Ujjayini in his writings and he probably knew it well.Scholars are agreed that though all Kalidasa’s works have the stamp of genius, his play Abhijana Shakuntala must be rated as his greatest work. Kalidasa today is regarded as one of the immortals of world literature taking his place beside Shakespeare and Goethe.
4. Chatur Raaman:
The triumph of the little man over the mighty is a recurring theme in literature. Sometimes he does it with a sling and stone, but more often, like Tenali Raman, with nimble wit. He was a Telegu poet and the court jester of Vijayanagara. Tenali Raman was the Birbal of the South and many stories which have passed into folklore, are attributed to him. Some of these are obviously invented to show his ready wit.