The Mahabharata meets modern Indian history in an intellectual roller coaster ride of a novel. In Shashi Tharoor's satirical masterpiece, the story of the. In this widely acclaimed novel, Shashi Tharoor has masterfully recast the Blending history and myth to chronicle the Indian struggle for freedom and. The Great Indian Novel is a satirical novel by Shashi Tharoor. It is a fictional work that takes the story of the Mahabharata, the epic of Hindu mythology, and.

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Read "The Great Indian Novel" by Shashi Tharoor available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. The Mahabharata meets. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The delightfully suspect and satirical tone of site Store; ›; site eBooks; ›; Literature & Fiction. In this award-winning novel, Tharoor has masterfully recast the cover image of The Great Indian Novel. The Great Indian Novel. by Shashi Tharoor. ebook.

Pandu dies of a heart attack and the plane is shot down, killing Madri as well. When Arjun has to share an academic prize with Ekalavya, the son of a maidservant, Ekalavya admits that he has been sharing in the Pandavas' lessons while standing outside the door. In exchange for payment for his tuition, Drona demands that Ekalavya cut off his own right thumb and give it to Drona. Unlike in the original Mahabharata, Tharoor's Ekalavya refuses and flees in horror.

Drona has a good laugh. Karna considers his options after the Muslim Group's candidates are bested by Muslim members of the Kaurava Party in the elections. Karna proposes a coalition government in the legislative assembly of the Northern Province. Vidur urges Dhritarashtra to accept Karna's proposal, even though the Kaurava Party controls enough seats in the Northern Province to rule without a coalition. Karna is resolved to find other means of gaining power. The viceroy and Sir Richard consider what to do in reaction to the initiation of the Second World War.

Kaurava Party legislators react to the declaration of war by resigning en masse. The absence of the Kaurava Party in the administration benefits the Muslim Group, which takes over the government in three provinces.

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Amba, planning her revenge on Gangaji, goes to a plastic surgeon for a sex-change operation. Following the end of the war, the Kaurava Party does well in the election, but the Muslim Group's strength is not diminished. The British government charges with treason the soldiers who joined Pandu's Swatantra Sena. Viscount Bertie Drewpad is appointed viceroy.

His wife, Georgina, is excited at the prospect of dallying with lusty Indian men. While Dhritarashtra plans to meet the new viceroy, his wife, Gandhari the Grim, lies dying, calling Priya Duryodhani her "son. Dhritarashtra and the Kaurava Party agree to the Partition of India.

Nichols is assigned to draw the border between the two new countries, to the derision of an experienced administrator named Basham. Vidur assists the viceroy in making decisions related to the transfer of power.

Gangaji initiates an experiment in eliminating sexual desire by inviting Sarah-behn to sleep in his bed. While violence tears India apart, Dhritarashtra initiates an affair with Lady Drewpad. Ved Vyas refers to "Children being born at inconvenient times of the night who would go on to label a generation and rejuvenate a literature," which alludes to Rushdie's Midnight's Children.

Drona's secretary is called Sir Beverley Twitty, K. Jayaprakash Drona, now serving as Minister of State for Administrative Reform, gets his opportunity for revenge against Ronald Heaslop, who has lost everything in the rioting. Drona, instead of answering Heaslop's long-ago refusal to help him with co-ordinate cruelty, he offers Heaslop a job.

Georgina Drewpad's affair with Dhritarashtra now prime minister of India continues. On 26 January , the day India becomes a republic, she gives birth to a daughter, who is given up for adoption and given the name Draupadi Mokrasi. Vyabhichar Singh "Mr. Z" , the maharaja of Manimir, tries to avoid acceeding either to India or Karnistan. Mohammed Rafi urges Dhritarashtra to ensure that Manimir remains part of India. Vidur, now Principal Secretary for Integration, counsels patience, hoping that Sheikh Azharuddin, a Kaurava ally, might be able to overthrow Mr.

Dhritarashtra decides to let Karna, now governor-general of Karnistan, make the first move, which he does, leaving the Indian government the perfect excuse to send in Khushkismat Singh, the Minister of Defence, with Indian troops.

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Vidur goes to Devpur to get Vyabhichar Singh to sign the instrument of accession, and persuades Colonel Bewakuf Jan to disturb the maharaja from his sporting with a Frenchwoman.

Vidur states his case while the maharaja is fellated under an "enormous silk razai. Dhritarashtra snatches defeat from the jaws of victory by halting the Indian Army's advance and calling in the United Nations. Professor Jennings delivers a critique of his student, D. Forster 's A Passage to India.

Drona decides to resign from government and do "constructive work" in rural areas, taking Ashwathaman with him. The five Pandavas they also want to go along and break the news to Kunti, their chain-smoking and still glamorous mother. To secure her blessing, Yudhishtir promises never to disobey his mother. Dhritarashtra consults Kanika, regarding what he should do about the increasing popularity of Drona and the Pandavas. Kanika counsels Dhritarashtra not to allow the Pandavas to attain too much political power, but Dhritarashtra is too idealistic to take the advice.

Priya Duryodhani, however, is listening and she takes Kanika's advice seriously.

Vidur, now Secretary of the Home Ministry and head of the Central Bureau of Intelligence, goes to a Drona land reform rally to warn the Pandavas that Priya Duryodhani is plotting against them.

Vidur arranges for the Pandavas to hide out in Varanavata with Kunti. Karna, who has not been well, dies when he tries to pull a car out of the mud with his bare hands.

Kunti, hearing the news, repeats her firstborn son's final gesture—by shaking her fist at the sun. Purochan Lal, the owner of the hotel where Kunti is staying, is an agent of Priya Duryodhani. Vidur intercepts the cables and sends a coded message explaining that the house is coated with lac and will be set fire.

The building is burnt, but Vidur arranges their escape while letting the world believe they have perished in the fire. The Pandavas wander India sticking up for the rights of the downtrodden.

The refuse to take sides between two corrupt landlords, Pinaka and Saranga whose men attacked a man named Hangari Das. Dhritarashtra and Kanika start the "non-aligned" movement. They decide to annexe the Portuguese colony of Comea. Bhim saves a beautiful girl from her abusive brother, Hidimba "a large man with a small goatee" , and weds. To enter Tibia from the province of Drowniang, however, Chakar troops must cross into territory claimed by India.

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Bhim has a baby son, Ghatotkach, who is born in the town of Ekachakra. Sahadev challenges the champion wrestler Bakasura and is trounced. He quickly acquired I have often wondered what might have happened had he been able to see the world around him as the rest of us can. Might India's history have been different today?

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Yes, you read that right: one woman equalling hundred evil, demoniac Kauravas ha ha! Still, notwithstanding, artistic licence or willing suspension of disbelief, there are some glaringly far-fetched comparisons here-- imagine Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as Pandu or that reviled man Jinnah as Karna!

This is evident in his portrayal of Gandhi as a modern day Bhishma: the renunciate, the grand old man of India's epic freedom struggle.

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