Tales From the Mahabharata
(Amar Chitra Katha, 1983)
©1983 India Book House Education Trust
Readers of all ages can enjoy South Asian folktales in comic-book format with this series from Bombay-based publisher Amar Chitra Katha. The Mahabharata holds the record as the world’s longest epic, stretching some 100,000 slokas (Sanskrit verses). The overall story is of a centuries-long feud between Kauravas and their cousins, the Pandavas. Over the years, however, many stories have crept in to the epic, many of which are adapted here.
The classic—and fantastic—stories include the tale of a vain crow who tries to out-fly a swan, only to have the swan compassionately come to his aid when he fails; of a pigeon who gives his life to feed his spouse’s captor; and of Saudasa, a young man who must face a cannibal and the snake-men Nagas in order to fetch a pair of magic earrings for his mother-in-law. Like Classics Illustrated, Tales from the Mahabharata brings old stories to a new generation.
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