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Sun 24 Sep 2023

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM (UTC+5.5)

Completing Vyasa’s Mahabharata (67 Upakathas for the Modern Reader)

Indica USA Presents a Book Discussion with Abhinav Agarwal on his latest book “Completing Vyasa’s Mahabharata (67 Upakathas for the Modern Reader)”

About The Book:

Embedded within the primary narrative of the Mahabharata lie numerous sub-tales known as upakhyaanas or upakathas. These lesser- known stories play a vital role in completing the grand tapestry of the Mahabharata, thus giving this book its apt title. Unlike verse translations found in unabridged versions, the 67 upakathas presented here serve a different purpose. While they may appear as diversions, these narratives serve as vital threads, connecting the text and offering answers to lingering questions that readers may have. For instance, why did Ambaa, the princess of Kaashi, become the catalyst for Bheeshmas demise in a later life? The Ambaa upakhyaana holds the answers. Similarly, the stories of Sage Parashuraama reveal why a brahmana like him possessed warrior-like qualities. Two upakhyaanas shed light on this enigma. Additionally, the Yayaati upakhyaana elucidates the reasons behind the Kurus descending from Puru, Yayaatis youngest son, rather than the eldest. Moreover, the intriguing dialogue between Duryodhana and Shalya, where Duryodhana persuades Shalya to become Karnas charioteer, is also explored in these Upakathas.

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Sunday, 24 September 2023

10:00AM CST / 08:30PM IST


Abhinav Agarwal


Abhinav is a technology professional with over twenty years in the software industry, the technical editor of a book published by McGraw-Hill, a prolific writer on areas on technology and Indology. He is a computer engineer and holds a post graduate diploma from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.


Pranshu Saxena


An avid reader of world history and mythology Pranshu Saxena inherited the inquisitiveness from his grandparents. The passion stuck through his education in Delhi, Cambridge and post-graduation in America. He enjoys a detailed analysis of past events marrying it with his current position as Software Manager. His first fictional prose was published through Indic Academy in Unsung Valour – Forgotten Warriors of Kurukshetra, past publications include articles on Cricket. His writings on history and mythology are available on various portals. Pranshu tutors Indian Culture to youngsters in New Jersey where he shares his life with wife, daughter and a lifelong collection of books.