BHIMSEN. 1. BHIMSEN by Prem Panicker Adapted from “Randaamoozham” by M T Vasudevan Nair. Kahani hamari Mahabharat ki. As a child growing up in the . (b) Panicker’s version is a creative translation so even if someone did take him to I miss those weekly updates of Bhimsen on Prem’s blog. Title: Bhimsen Author: Prem Panicker Year of Publication: Series: N/A Goodreads Rating (Avg.): Goodreads Rating (Mine): 3.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Bhimsen by Prem Panicker. Bhimsen by Prem Panicker. Next in the line of succession to his elder brother Yudhisthira and usually in the shadow of his younger brother Arjuna when it comes to charisma and skill in warfareBhima comes across as a gluttonous, slightly oafish he-man figure — or a comic foil — in many mainstream renderings of the pem epic.
Bhimsen – The second chance
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bhimsenplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 04, Riku Sayuj rated it liked it Recommended to Riku by: The first half of the book is entertaining panickker a light and breezy read, bhimeen weighted down by the heavy ideas of the original and carrying on from the easy observational stand point of Bhim.
But this technique which worked so well till then falls apart rapidly in the second half as the author is forced to strip away most of the better parts of the actual war as Bhim had no access to them and was reduced to after war talks to fill in details.
Had to struggle mightily to get through bhiksen book in the The first half of the book is entertaining and a light and breezy read, not weighted down by the heavy ideas of the original and carrying on from the easy observational stand point of Bhim. Had to struggle mightily to get through the book in the end but am sure that MT Vasudevan Nair has done a better job at it. Will read ranadamoozham panivker soon as i can find a copy to buy. Jun 15, Indrani Sen rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am spoiled with back to back bhimsem books.
This one is a gem of a read. The language is very good and the book progresses in a break neck speed.
Obviously Mahabharata is a gold mine of great stories. However here we look at the whole things from Bhima’s angle which is very refreshing. He doesn’t get a lot of attention generally. I was very surprised and pleasantly at how nicely miraculous things were logically explained.
The characters were very recognizable and identifiable, minus their divin I am spoiled with back to back good books. The characters were very recognizable and identifiable, minus their panicer. Many of the main characters show surprising traits and depths. I bhimsem thank Mr Panicker enough for translating this gem of a book. I recommend this book very very much. Nov 19, Vijay rated it it bhimsn amazing.
Mahabharath always fascinates me. There is a story for everyone in this epic. I’d felt a similar “oh yes” moment when I read the translation of Vishnu Sahasranamam which is a chronicle of Bhisma’s talks with Yudhistra. Among these workds, I get the comfort of a known story while still being thrilled by a new narrative.
When the reviewer at blogbharathi. How can Bhima survive under the overbearing presence of Yudhishtra and Arjuna? The answer is a gritty saga and is available among the pages of ‘Bhimsen’. Bhimsen is not panickeg Amar Chitra Katha -like version of the great yarn. It is cold, logical and contemporary in many ways.
I’ve secretly admired scifi explanations such as the Kauravas being the first known case of human cloning and Karna’s use and throw weapons were nuclear in nature. The supernatural mythological ethereal happenings are usually filed away with a godly hand in most narratives. Here, the supernatural mythological ethereal works get an explanation with logical backing. Apparently mankind has been a news junkie from time immemorial. Yesteryear cable news men existed in the form of balladeers and raconteurs adding spice to common happenings to elevate their yarns.
In Bhimsen I found logical explanations to Arjuna’s magical weapons, the seemingly ageless presence of the characters, the whole Draupadi issue no explanation for the saree without border though! It is this style of giving a grounded narration that kept me glued to my computer screen as I finished the pages of the e-book over a weekend.
I am gland that I discovered this after Panicker completed it rather than follow his blog with periodic updates. Mahabharatha is not a black and white story. Bhimsen manages to show the different shades of grey that only help accentuate the true colors of mankind. Bhima has been a superhero inside out. Sadly, this will never translate to my other favorite medium – cinema.
Putting this up on a screen will mean the cinematic equivalent of telling western kids that Santa is not real. The moral police will not allow that. View all 4 comments. Mar 29, William Joseph rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bhimsen tells you the story of Mahabharath from the view of Bhimsen.
Although we know story from childhood it still gave me surprise and eagerness through out the story. I was expecting the War part more Dramatic but didn’t satisfied much with it. But still the language was simple and easy to understand.
Dec 20, Murali Neelakantan rated it really liked it. Having been fed a diet of one version of the mahabharata from my grandparents, amar chitra Katha and popular folklore, it never occurred to one that the series of events were in monochrome. Bhima’s perspective of the mahabharata reminds us that there is always another “truth”. I have read other versions of the mahabharata since, Krishna Udayasankar’s Aryavarta Chronicles being the latest, but this was my first alternative version and I have been recommending it to everyone I know.
It is concise Having been fed a diet of one version of the mahabharata from my grandparents, amar chitra Katha and popular folklore, it never occurred to one that the series of events were in monochrome. It is concise but extremely quick in drawing attention to how we can easily be taken in by one version of events, often the popular version.
That there is an alternative, equally compelling “truth” is the real learning from this. One could, of course, read statistical analysis from NN Taleb to reach the same conclusion about how myths are popular but this is a more interesting path to the same truth. The perception of Bhima’s and each of the other characters as unidimensional is a feature of mainstream thinking. Very little attention is paid to those who are not first. This case, Arjun is considered the best archer and no one cares about who’s next best.
If one asks members of winning teams who they treasure, they are unlikely to pick the best skilled person. I know they will pick those who are versatile and willing to sacrifice themselves for the team. I guess you now know where I stand in the Dravid versus Tendulkar debate.
Jan 06, Jairam Mohan rated it it was amazing. While I have read and heard quite a few retellings of this great epic in recent times, very rarely does one come across a book which is as well written as this one. And man, was the wait worth it or what! An ex While I have read and heard quite a few retellings of this great epic in recent times, very rarely does one come across a book which is as well written as this one.
An extremely beautiful walk through the Mahabharata through the eyes of Bhima, the strongest Pandava, the scourge of all the Kaurava brothers, the warrior.
But then, this book presents him in an entirely different light altogether – prrm loving son, a caring husband, a doting father, but a man who doesn’t even know what he is capable of. A wife I shared with four others Beautiful book, recommended reading pem anybody who thinks they know the story of the Mahabharata, know Bhima Jul 01, Anushka rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Find this and my other reviews of books at Feminist Quill. Let me start from the top.
Book Review: Bhimsen by Prem Panicker
The Mahabharath is an epic poem, somewhat similar to the Illiad or the Odyssey. Like with those poems, there have been numerous versions of the Mahabharath, numerous perspectives and retellings, and along the way, new myths and legends are continuously being tacked onto the end of it. Vasudevan Nair called Randamoozham Second Chance.
What Panicker and Nair both attempt is to engage with the myths and legends that surround the stories about the Mahabharath, and to reimagine the story shorn of these trappings. Dispelling the myths results in a truth laid out that now seems stranger than fiction to those of us who grew up reading about miracles and magical weapons. The part of the Mahabharath that Bhimsen deals with refers to the pgem of the two sets of cousins who eventually form the opposing sides in the Great War called the Mahabharath.
The five Pandavas and the Kauravas are children of a pair of half brothers. Each character in the Mahabharath is well known for at least panucker trait that ends up defining them. Bhim is the strong one. His younger brother Arjun is the ultimate hero — a handsome warrior who wins everything, fears nothing, and leaves swooning women in his wake.