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By Bibek Debroy

The Mahabharata is likely one of the maximum tales ever advised. although the elemental plot is well known, there's even more to the epic than the dispute among the Kouravas and the Pandavas that ended in the conflict in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate attention-grabbing meanderings and digressions, and it has hardly ever been translated in complete, given its bold size of 80,000 shlokas or couplets. This tremendous 10-volume unabridged translation of the epic relies at the severe version compiled on the Bhandarkar Oriental learn Institute.
The 7th quantity maintains with the account of the struggle with Karna who's instated because the commander of the Kourava military for 2 days. After his demise, Shalya is the commander for in the future. Shalya too dies. Duryodhana meets his loss of life by the hands of Bhima and the nice conflict involves an end.
Every plausible human emotion figures within the Mahabharata, the explanation why the epic keeps to outdated sway over our mind's eye. during this lucid, nuanced and assured translation, Bibek Debroy makes the Mahabharata marvellously obtainable to modern readers.

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He used to be the one that killed enemy infantrymen. he's the one that overwhelmed huge numbers of the enemy. He used to be engaged in Duryodhana’s welfare and was once continuously able to stand up opposed to us. In an excellent conflict, he couldn't be assailed even by means of the gods, including Vasava. In his strength and his power, he was once just like the wind and the hearth. He was once as deep because the nether areas and taken pleasure to his well-wishers. by means of killing Karna within the nice conflict, you have got introduced an finish to my enemies. it really is via success that you've come to me, like immortals after killing an asura. O Achyuta! O Arjuna! I fearlessly fought a conflict with him this present day. He was once like an enraged Yama, wishing to slay all beings. He introduced down my normal and slew my parshni charioteers. whereas Yuyudhana seemed on, i used to be rendered and not using a chariot and with out horses. Dhrishtadyumna, the courageous twins, Shikhandi, Droupadi’s sons and the entire Panchalas seemed on. O mighty-armed one! 572 Having defeated huge numbers of the enemy, the immensely valorous Karna vanquished me within the nice conflict, although I strove to my utmost. He pursued me within the conflict and spoke many harsh phrases. there is not any doubt that he defeated the easiest one of the warriors. O Dhananjaya! reason why of Bhimasena’s powers that i'm nonetheless alive. there isn't any have to converse much. That humiliation used to be overwhelming. O Dhananjaya! i've been worried approximately him for 13 years. i used to be unable to sleep at evening. Nor may perhaps I be at liberty through the day. O Dhananjaya! due to my enmity in the direction of him, it used to be as though i used to be burning. i used to be like a rhinoceros or an elephant, figuring out that it used to be going to die. 573 O lord! I constantly considered the time while he might visit Yama. How may I result in Karna’s destruction within the conflict? O Kounteya! even if i used to be unsleeping or napping, Karna was once consistently in entrance of me. I observed him in all places. the complete universe used to be choked with Karna. O Dhananjaya! anyplace I went, i used to be scared of Karna. And anywhere I went, I observed him stationed in entrance of me. i used to be compelled to run clear of that courageous one within the conflict. O Partha! i used to be defeated, with my horses and my chariot and he allow me get away with my lifestyles. what's the element of last alive? What back is the purpose of the dominion? i've been shamed via Karna, the decoration of a conflict. What was once no longer acquired via me previous within the conflict with Bhishma, Kripa and Drona, has been got by means of me within the stumble upon with the maharatha son of a suta. O Kounteya! that's the reason i'm asking you approximately your welfare now. inform me every little thing approximately how Karna has been slain via you. His valour in a conflict is like that of Shakra. His bravery is like that of Yama. he's like Rama574 in guns. How was once he killed? he's well-known as a maharatha. he's expert in each approach to struggling with. between all of the wielders of the bow, he's the one guy who's the most important. O lord of the earth! He was once continuously honoured by means of Dhritarashtra and his sons on your sake. 575 How used to be Radheya killed by way of you? O Arjuna! between the entire warriors, Dhritarashtra continuously used to treat Karna, bull between males, because the explanation for your loss of life in conflict.

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