Tanuj Solanki

Karna’s earrings and armour

“As long as you have the beautiful earrings, Arjuna cannot vanquish you in battle, even if Indra himself becomes his arrows.”

12 Aug 2018

Savitri’s rescue of Satyavan

After rescuing Draupadi from Jayadratha, the Pandavas — especially Yudhistira — are morose, and need sage Markandeya to tell them uplifting stories.

06 Aug 2018

The mini Ramayana inside Mahabharata

After Draupadi’s abduction by Jayadratha and the subsequent rescue by the Pandavas, sage Markandeya begins to narrate the story of a similar abduction in the distant past: of Sita.

29 Jul 2018

The humiliation of Jayadratha by Pandavas

After freeing Draupadi from Jayadratha, Bhima’s intention is to kill the king of Sindhu.

23 Jul 2018

Abduction of Draupadi from Kamyaka forest

The majority of the Pandavas’ exile was spent in the Dvaitavana forest. Considering that their stay also meant the upkeep of an entire entourage, this must have been a considerable strain on the resou

15 Jul 2018

Duryodhana’s plough sacrifice

After the tumultuous cattle expedition, in which their pride is wounded by Pandavas, the Kauravas return to Hastinapura and discuss their next course of action. Karna, always eager to ramp up the inte

01 Jul 2018

Decode the eternal war of good—evil

After reconciliation with the Pandavas, the gandharva king Chitrasena releases the Kauravas from captivity.

24 Jun 2018

The Pandavas rescue the Kauravas

When the Kaurava brothers, out on a cattle expedition not very far from the exiled Pandavas’ abode, are captured by the gandharvas, some of the escapees approach the Pandavas for help.

18 Jun 2018

The largest cowboy expedition in literature

In Hastinapura, as a storyteller recounts the Pandavas’ forest-life miseries to Dhritarashtra, the king laments the turn of events, blaming himself in part.

10 Jun 2018

When epic fails the Bechdel test...

A work of fiction is said to pass the Bechdel Test when it features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man.

07 May 2018

The saga behind supreme power of erudition

In sage Markandeya’s retelling of the story of sage Koushiki and the hunter, there comes a point, after the hunter has educated the brahman about the ways of dharma and several other things including

22 Apr 2018

What exactly is the truth?

Here’s a read on sage Markandeya’s stories about  ‘the supreme greatness of women’

17 Apr 2018

Sage Markandeya’s lessons on Brahminism to the Pandavas continues

Markandeya’s meeting with the Pandavas is long and he tells many stories to the brothers. He narrates, in great detail, the oncoming apocalypse at the turn of the yugas and also the possibilities afte

09 Apr 2018

Pandava’s storytelling session with Markandeya

The Pandavas, as they do with every sagely figure they encounter, ask rishi Markandeya to tell them stories from a mythical time, when the structures that regulate life as they see it first found divi

26 Mar 2018

Sage Markandeya pays a visit to the five brothers

After Bhima is freed from the grasp of the boa constrictor Nahusha, the Pandavas live peacefully in and around the Kamyaka forest.

11 Mar 2018

Asian Games 2018