A prof in England is twittering the “Mahabharata,” the epic Indian poem:
It’s the world’s longest poem — over 1.8 million words, containing over one hundred thousand verses and approximately ten times the length of the Iliad and Odyssey combined. And now India’s celebrated epic the Mahabharata, the writing of which began around 300 B. C. by the venerated Hindu figure Vyasa, is being written again — one 140-character tweet at a time.
Here’s how the tweets begin:
I can’t help staring at the lady with the black cloth over her eyes. I feel disturbed, scared – but I can’t look away.
Pale, beautiful face. Black strip wound tight. Beneath it, the eyes – the eyes with which she wouldn’t see. Gandhari. Our aunt. The Queen.
She hugs Mother. Then us five children. Yudhistira first, then me, Arjuna, the twins, Nakula and Sahadeva. Why is she sobbing?
“Come,” Aunt Gandhari says. “The king is waiting.” She turns. I see the knot of blindfold black against her gray hair. I stare.
Yudhistira follows her. I walk with Mother and the young ones as the palace doors close behind. So it was all true? We were really princes?
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