After Kurukshetra : Three Stories

After Kurukshetra : Three Stories

Mahasweta Devi Anjum Katyal / Jan 25, 2020

After Kurukshetra Three Stories Rereading of Mahabharata Three plalys of events after Kurushetra war

  • Title: After Kurukshetra : Three Stories
  • Author: Mahasweta Devi Anjum Katyal
  • ISBN: 9788170462910
  • Page: 296
  • Format: None
  • Rereading of Mahabharata Three plalys of events after Kurushetra war.

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        Mahasweta Devi was an Indian social activist and writer She was born in 1926 in Dhaka, to literary parents in a Hindu Brahmin family Her father Manish Ghatak was a well known poet and novelist of the Kallol era, who used the pseudonym Jubanashwa Mahasweta s mother Dharitri Devi was also a writer and a social worker She joined the Rabindranath Tagore founded Vishvabharati University in Santiniketan and completed a B.A Hons in English, and then finished an M.A in English at Calcutta University as well She later married renowned playwright Bijon Bhattacharya who was one of the founding fathers of the IPTA movement In 1948, she gave birth to Nabarun Bhattacharya, currently one of Bengal s and India s leading novelist whose works are noted for their intellectual vigour and philosophical flavour She got divorced from Bijon Bhattacharya in 1959.In 1964, she began teaching at Bijoygarh College an affiliated college of the University of Calcutta system During those days, Bijoygarh College was an institution for working class women students During that period she also worked as a journalist and as a creative writer Recently, she is famous for her work related to the study of the Lodhas and Shabars, the tribal communities of West Bengal, women and dalits She is also an activist who is dedicated to the struggles of tribal people in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh In her elaborate Bengali fiction, she often depicts the brutal oppression of tribal peoples and the untouchables by potent, authoritarian upper caste landlords, lenders, and venal government officials.Major awards 1979 Sahitya Akademi Award Bengali Aranyer Adhikar novel 1986 Padma Shri 2 1996 Jnanpith Award the highest literary award from the Bharatiya Jnanpith 1997 Ramon Magsaysay Award Journalism, Literature, and the Creative Communication Arts 1999 Honoris causa Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU 2006 Padma Vibhushan the second highest civilian award from the Government of India 2010 Yashwantrao Chavan National Award 2011 Bangabibhushan the highest civilian award from the Government of West Bengal 2012 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Sahityabramha the first Lifetime Achievement award in Bengali Literature from 4thScreen IFJW , , , , , ,


    1. Could have benefitted from a translators introduction. The first two stories are told form the perspective of uttara and kunti, as they come to grips with the aftermath of the war. The two women interact with dasis and nishadin, and these interactions reveal the sterility and the barbarity of the rajavritta. Because these stories are told form the POV of these two queens, the dasis and nishadin who appear in the stories arent fully realized characters. But their humanity is never in question -- [...]

    2. The author has attempted to explore some of the unexplored dimensions of Mahabharat war. The book tries to differentiate the lives of people who are perceived are knowledgeable,educated,civilized and the people who are common man with simple lifestyles. The first story revolves around the life of Uttara, widowed of Abhimanyu and contrasts it with five widows of common farmers. The life style inside the palace and that of a farmer is compared in a lucid style. The second story reveals how Kunti a [...]

    3. Three affecting yet potent stories that explore the aftermath of a savage war through the eyes of the ignored and marginalized.

    4. What happened after the Battle of Kurukshetra? Three stories to give you a feel of the society as it existed at that time and as it was left after the Great war. Kunti and the Nishadin that points out her real sin. Princess Uttara and the 5 women who stay with her to help her with her grief. And the story of Yuyutsu and his mother after the war (Yuyutsu was the son born to Dhritrashtra and a palace maid).

    5. Originally written in Bengali by Mahashweta Devi, this is a short collection of stories set in the time of the Mahabharat, which makes the reader think about those victims of the war that every one has forgotten – women. Read the full review here: indiabookstore/bookish

    6. Memorable line:"e eerie wailing that resounds across the horizon, that flows like a swollen river of grief, waves of sorrow swelling and fading in the night. Like a tide, receding into the darkness."

    7. Mahasweta Devi has gone where few have gone before. In the great saga where light triumphs over dark and Dharma wins; did anyone look up the lot of women?She does and she does it well.Read On!

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