Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Ashok Kumar Banker’s internationally acclaimed Ramayana Series® has been hailed by critics as a milestone (India Today). AKB eBOOKS is India’s first bestselling international ebookstore, offering exclusive digital downloads of prolific Indian English author Ashok K. Banker’s. The seeds of war have been planted and the world is on the brink of the greatest of all in Ashok Banker’s The Epic Mahabharata series, The Children.

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My method of retelling epics involves referring to other major existing translations, noting infelicities, unnecessary rewrites and lacunae where they exist, then translating the original work myself, and finally, using my translation as a basis for an imaginative retelling. The fact that publishers split my stories for publication into multiple volumes also adds to that illusion: Sons of Sita RS 9: Safe and Secure Payments. Recommended For You Deepika Padukone: Ashok is telling the story of Mahabharata exactly as Vyasa narrated it.

Have doubts regarding this product? But all these retellings are ultimately only children of the main story itself. The son of an Iranian dissident fleeing the Shah regime stayed briefly with Banker’s grandmother in Byculla, exposing Banker further to radical Islamic thought and culture and making him even more determined to stay iconoclastic in his religious outlook.

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The couple settled in the neighbourhood of Byculla in Mumbaior Bombay as it was then known. My retelling merely happens to be the most recent, and now, thanks to the success of the books, the most popular English-language retelling of the epic.

Prince of Ayodhya RS 2: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. He is reported to have several television shows in development and production, including the highly successful historical TV show Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat on Colors. First, he reworked The Ramayana into a modern, rip-roaring series rife with mwhabharata, adventure and passion.


Add both to Cart Add both to List. Subsequently, Banker has said in numerous interviews that when the time came for him to choose which religion he wished to belong to, he chose simply “to stay human”. The Forest of Stories: Fortress of Dwarka KC 7: It has been called “super-cool” The Hindu”a milestone” India Today and “a magnificent labor of love” Outlook and appeared on most major recommended reading lists during its publication.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. He is credited with the resurgence of mahabharsta in Indian publishing with epic series like Ramayana and Krishna Coriolis.

In conversation with author Ashok Banker

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. But the greatest is one you haven’t mentioned at all: No publisher was willing to put the word ‘epic’ as a label on my books and won’t do it even now – because there is no such genre, category or label in commercial publishing. But the threat of the demon Jarasandha still looms large.

Even non-fiction doesn’t claim to be truth, merely ‘non’ fiction. Tagore’s wonderful style doesn’t need ‘enhancing’ or alteration, whereas the Mahabharata stands to benefit from a more updated version – it’s similar to what western translators such as Robert Fagles have done but in Indian English and with a distinctly Indian sensibility, and of course, my own ‘voice’.

A beautiful verse from a poem by Erica Jong says it for me:. In time, there could be infinite numbers of other retellings, far better than my own. Nothing comes close to it. I have not read this much this consistently for over 30 odd years, when I was reading the Amir Chitra comics.

The Krishna story is a part of the larger Mahabharata storyline, but ranks third to the Mahabharata itself. But what if another contemporary of Valmiki had written the same story from another point of view? Ashok Banker worked as a successful freelance journalist and columnist for several years, breaking front-page news for publications such as The Times of IndiaMumbai, and mahabharatw stories [15] for Outlook magazineNew Delhi.


Prince in Exile RS Omnibus 3: Ashok works entirely solo, using no researchers, assistants, associates or co-writers. Mahabharwta Darkness Before Asho, Mba 5: I completed my Krishna series in but held it back till now as I needed to almost finish my Mayabharata to be sure both series were aligned to each other.

Slayer of Kamsa KC 2: Although it has often appeared on readers’ choice polls as a favourite contemporary fiction on post-liberalisation India, it is one of Banker’s lesser known works. Showing of 1 reviews. Bridge of Rama RS 6: Most recently, literary critic Zac O’Yeah wrote: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

But because I’ve spent so many years writing, reading, researching, studying – and doing nothing but writing, reading, researching and studying, it gives the illusion that I’m prolific. One of the first Indian authors to embrace changing technology, Banker began sharing his work online with readers as early aswhen public internet access began in India.

It’s a word that’s forgotten, a genre that’s fallen out of popularity. I can’t write a page or line without feeling as if I am writing about people around me, living breathing people with epic problems and challenges. The stories of his ” Devi ” series are short works featuring Avatars of the Hindu goddess Deviand have appeared in various science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazines. I take an average of 30 years to gestate an idea. Get to Know Us. A whiff of camphor 8 years ago.

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