Notwithstanding their enduring popularity, the epics have garnered an astonishing number of renditions in the last few years with the most celebrated ones being Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik and Namita Gokhale’s retelling for young adults. Never was there a story more shrouded in grey and fraught with moral ambiguity than the Mahabharata. It is both the source text of Mahatma Gandhi ’s ‘spiritual dictionary’— The Bhagwad Gita, as well as a tale where a teacher asks for a thumb as payment from a student, a mother requests her sons to share a wife and a parrot carries a packet of semen that is eaten by a fish who gives birth to a girl child. All the while we’re rooting for five boys who seem to have been dealt a losing hand, quite literally in one instance. But what about the ‘100’ who lost? Many have wondered about the other side to this story and that is the crux of V Raghunathan’s Duryodhana.
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