Author(s): Amruta PatilDownload
From the bestselling author of Kari comes a brilliant new interpretation of mythology. Combining stories from the Adi Parva which precede the main narrative of the Pandav-Kaurav war for succession.
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A wonderful, abstract and dreamlike venture into the heart of the greatest epic in the world. Shinig with stunning examples of art – abstract and modern with stunning colours and palettes that seek to capture the inner wonder of a world in the early stages of creation, Adi Parva is embellished with beautiful prose from its accomplished author. Wit irreverence and a deep understand of the cyclical nature of the Hindu Culture takes us from the beginning of the Universe to another beginning of sorts, and an end.
A must read for any ardent reader of Indian Mythlogy.
If there is one book that you plan to buy this year, make it Adi Parva. It’s not a book, it’s painted poetry. Each frame so beautifully crafted that you just cannot stop yourself from staring at the pages in awe.
The book is like a rare casket of fine wine, which is not to be imbibed but each sip is to be savored.
It was with a heavy heart that I finally finished this book. I hope Amruta Patil does not make her readers wait for the next one too long.
Thank you Amruta Patil. Thank you for spelling Indian mythological names as they are pronounced and not as our colonial hangover forces us to spell them. I have always found it weird that we call our hero Ram but spell his name as Rama. And why is it Mahabharata when we could have just as easily written Mahabharat, as it is pronounced.
The other good things about Adi Parva can be read in other reviews. I don’t have much to add here.
This book is a collectible.
The beauty of the Indian mythological stories is enhanced by the reconstructive crude collages and brush strokes. Although not a ‘graphic novel’ in its true sense, it has a gripping power.
Worth appreciating are the questions asked by the folk to the storyteller, and some contextual analogies.
Amruta Patil’s artwork here is quite beautiful and otherworldly. And her writing keeps pace, lingers, surges ahead in step with the paintings (that each frame essentially is) with impeccable elegance. The book itself is printed and bound with care and attention. What’s not to like?