reading the Mahabharata from the perspective of Bhima, who in popular narrative is a physically powerful man with few complexities of character, was very interesting. He broods; he knows he hasnt been given his due; he loves Draupadi who in turn loves Arjuna the most; he trains hard; he avenges his family without worrying about personal consequences; he resents Yudhishthiras terrible, reckless decisions; he is vulnerable, he faces manipulative behavior from Yudhishthira, Draupadi and Kunti; and he mourns the loss of his sons through Draupadi and Hidimba…this is Bhima with complexity upon more complexity. This particular narrative is also low on magical elements such as Draupadis unending sari and Bhishmas ability to choose his exact time of death. What was unexpected and extremely fascinating was the truth of Bhimas parentage as revealed right at the end.
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|Author.:||M.T. Vasudevan Nair|