The Great Indian Novel

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Arcade Publishing, 1993 - Fiction - 423 pages
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In this widely acclaimed novel, Shashi Tharoor has masterfully recast the two-thousand-year-old epic "The Mahabharata" with fictionalized - but highly recognizable - events and characters from twentieth-century Indian politics. Blending history and myth to chronicle the Indian struggle for freedom and independence, Tharoor directs his hilarious and often outrageous satire as much against Indian foibles and failings as against the bumblings of the British rulers. Despite its regional setting, this work can be enjoyed by readers unfamiliar with Indian history.
  

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Shashi Tharoor's imaginative culmination of "The Mahabaratha" into "The Great Indian Novel" is truly mind-boggling master-piece... Here is a suggestion, for those of you who want to study History ... Read full review

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The Great Indian Novel is an amazing read. While the thought that has gone into the book to draw intelligent parallels between the Mahabharata characters and the Indian Independence movement is ... Read full review

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Contents

I
15
II
33
III
57
IV
75
V
91
VI
107
VII
131
VIII
149
XI
219
XII
237
XIII
263
XIV
279
XV
307
XVI
337
XVII
359
XVIII
387

IX
169
X
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The Great Indian Novel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The Great Indian Novel by Pradip Bhattacharya
So the Mahabharata is Spectacle—behind the proscenium arch, on the silver screen and prime time on the idiot box! What, then, of the printed word and the ...
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A Desi Less Ordinary: Parva and The Great Indian Novel
It's just a great co-incidence that I was planning to read Shashi Tharoor's 'The Great Indian Novel', right after 'Parva'. When I bought the book years ago ...
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The Great Indian Novel
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A Song of Ice and Fire > The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor.
The Great Indian Novel is the story of twentieth century India, from the first stirrings of freedom to the birth of a democratic nation to the first (and ...
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The Great Indian Novel takes its title not from the author’s estimate of its contents .... In other words The Great Indian Novel is a roman à clefs easily ...
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The Great Indian Novel never fails to hold our attention.... [A] vastly enjoyable book." ... The Great Indian Novel is a masterpiece of Indian writing." ...
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Shashi Tharoor Biography
The Great Indian Novel and Show Business, and a collection of early stories, The Five-Dollar Smile: Fourteen Early Stories and a Farce in Two Acts, ...
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Lesser Gods and Tiny Heroes - New York Times
Mr. Tharoor's attitude is best captured by the self-deprecating playfulness of his title, "The Great Indian Novel." For while "the work that follows," as he ...
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About the author (1993)

Tharoor has worked for the United Nations since 1978 and is currently the executive assistant to Secretary General Kofi Annan. He graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and took his doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.

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