Tanuj Solanki

Events that kept Krishna away

What explains Krishna’s absence in the infamous dice game in the Mahabharata?
This question itself reveals insights about the structure of the Mahabharata.

01 Oct 2017

Duryodhana’s double whammy

After Duryodhana gestures to Draupadi by slapping his left thigh at the dice game, Bhima vows that he will kill him by smashing his thighs with his club.

24 Sep 2017

A timely boon from Surya for Pandavas

As the Pandavas exit Hastinapura after their humiliation, public sentiment turns on their side. Crowds converge around the five brothers and their wife (or wives? At this point, it is not clear if the

17 Sep 2017

When a game of tactics and dice seals Pandava fates

After Draupadi’s humiliation in the Kaurava sabha, Dhritarashtra mitigates some of the tension by granting her husbands their freedom, and also restoring the Pandavas’ kingdom and riches.

10 Sep 2017

Sexual violence against Draupadi is a reality today

After losing all material possessions in the dice game with Shakuni (who is playing on Duryodhana’s behalf), Yudhistira begins to bet his relations. Nakul, Sahadeva, Bhima, Arjun, and then Yudhistira

05 Sep 2017

Sexual violence against Draupadi is a reality today

After losing all material possessions in the dice game with Shakuni (who is playing on Duryodhana’s behalf), Yudhistira begins to bet his relations.

03 Sep 2017

Slaves, family and kingdom ­— all pawns in a game

At the beginning of the infamous dice game in the Mahabharata, Yudhistira expresses two reservations.

27 Aug 2017

Validation of Krishna’s divinity at royal sacrifice

In my last article, I argued that Karna’s submission of tribute to Bhima was a hint that the Pandavas’ conquest campaigns, aimed at securing Yudhistira’s claim of being an emperor, were in fact being

06 Aug 2017

Pandavas’ campaign to extend their empire in all directions

After Jarasandha’s death, the Pandavas launched campaigns to establish their sovereignty over kingdoms across the Indian subcontinent.

30 Jul 2017

In disguise as brahmans, Krishna and Pandavas kill Jarasandha

As the Jarasandha-vadha parva of the Mahabharata progresses, the nuances of Krishna’s plot against his number one enemy reveal themselves.

23 Jul 2017

Was it just wanderlust? Not so much...

After the Pandavas define the punishment for the transgression of one of them despoiling another’s intimacies with Draupadi, it was only a matter of time that the punishment comes into force.

06 Jun 2017

Angaraparna’s storytelling session with the Pandavas

After the rakshasha Baka’s killing by Bhima, the Pandavas and their mother, Kunti, move towards the kingdom of Panchala, where princess Droupadi’s swayamvara is about to take place.

02 May 2017

Angaraparna’s storytelling session with the Pandavas

A fter the rakshasha Baka’s killing by Bhima, the Pandavas and their mother, Kunti, move towards the kingdom of Panchala, where princess Droupadi’s swayamvara is about to take place.

28 Apr 2017

Freedom of choice, in times of the Mahabharata

In the Mahabharata, relationships between men and women are interesting in their congruence or branching-off from current Indian societal norms.

18 Apr 2017

Marry to sanctify pre-marital desire

In the Mahabharata, relationships between men and women are interesting in their congruence or branching-off from current Indian societal norms.

14 Apr 2017

Duryodhana, the better politician

After the Pandavas and the Kauravas complete their education in Drona’s forest school, a colosseum is designed for them to display their skills.

04 Apr 2017

Bhim, the bully among Pandavas

The first signs of confl ict between the Pandavas and the Kauravas become visible right in their childhood, before Drona is made their preceptor.

24 Mar 2017

And these ruled the kingdom

As we move along the Sambhava parva of the Mahabharata, we find the Bharata dynasty in a crisis after the death of Shantanu’s two sons, Chitrangada and Vichitravirya. They leave behind no male heirs, and their step-brother, Bhishma, is in no mood to break his vows and accept the throne of Hastinapura.

07 Mar 2017

King Yayati is a tale of lust and obsession

The Sambhava parva of the Mahabharata is an incredibly topsy-turvy story of king Yayati, who is often cast as a figure whose entire life is spent obsessing about sex.

21 Feb 2017

King Yayati is a tale of lust and obsession

The Sambhava parva of the Mahabharata is an incredibly topsy-turvy story of king Yayati, who is often cast as a fi gure whose entire life is spent obsessing about sex.

10 Feb 2017

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