The Puffin Mahabharata

The Puffin Mahabharata

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Author: Namita Gokhale
Painter/Illustrator/Animator: Suddhasattwa Basu
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 185
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143330486


A long, long time ago, in the ancient lands of India, known in those days as Bharatvarsha, a family quarrel grew into a bloody war. There had been wars before, and there have been wars since, but that mighty battle between warring cousins of the Kuru clan has become a part of the mythology and history of India. Told and retold a million times, the story of the Mahabharata is about defeat as much as victory, about humility as much as courage. It is the greatest story ever told.

Like a modern-day suta or storyteller, Namita Gokhale brings alive India's richest literary treasure with disarming ease and simplicity. She retells this timeless tale of mortals and immortals and stories within stories, of valour, deceit, glory and despair, for today's young reader in a clear, contemporary style.

A brilliant series of evocative and thoughtful illustrations by painter and animator Suddhasattwa Basu brings the epic to life in a vibrant visual feast.

Matchless in its content and presentation, The Puffin Mahabharata is a book that will be cherished by readers of all ages.


'Namita Gokhale's exciting new retelling of the great Indian epic is a treat for young readers. Older readers will enjoy it, too. She shows why the Mahabharata is timeless and always relevant'.
- Ruskin Bond

'Without sacrificing the complexities of either the narrative or the characters, Gokhale's lucid language and gentle prodding places the Mahabharata well within the reach of younger readers and listeners. She retains the anguish of the family drama at the centre of the story as well as captures the epic sweep of the great war and its bitter aftermath. Every child should know this story-how wonderful that it should be presented to a new generation by such a skilled and mellifluous storyteller.'
- Arshia Sattar

'The Mahabharata is truly one of the greatest stories ever told. Namita Gokhale's rendition makes for compelling reading, because it retains the essential structure of the narrative without diluting its epic proportions. This book is the best gift for children who wish to discover and enjoy the wisdom and mythology of ancient India'.
-Pavan K. Varma


The Story of the Mahabharata
The Goddess Ganga
Devavrata’s Vow
The Story of Amba
The Birth of Karna
The Birth of The Pandavas
The Birth of the Kauravas
Pandu’s Death
Kripa Drona
The Lessons of Dronacharya
The Plot to Kill Bhima
The Test of Strength
The Wax Palace
The Pandavas’ Escape
Mourning in Hastinapura
Hidimb and Hidimbi
Draupadi’s Swayamvara
The Return from Exile
The Khandava Forest
The Palace of Maya
The Rajasuye Yagna
The Death of Jarasandha
At the Yagna
Duryodhana Visits the Mayasabha
The Game of Dice
The Second Exile
The Departure
Arjuna’s Travels
At Indraloka
The Pandavas’ WanderingsThe Battle with the Gandharvas
Plotting Revenge
The Exploits of Jayadratha
The Lake of Questions
The Year of Disguise
The Cattle Wars
Arjuna in the Battlefield
The Return toVirata
Karna’s Generosity
Krishna and Battle
Arjuna’s Hesitation
The Bed of Arrows
The Chakravyuh
Avenging Abhimanyu
The Death of Drona
Dusasana’s Death
Karna’s Last Battle
The Defeat of Duryodhana
Ashwathama’s Revenge
Gandhari’s Curse
The Death of Bhishma
A New Beginning
The Destruction of Dwarka
The Worlds Beyond