Until the Lions - Echoes from the Mahabharata
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Until the Lions - Echoes from the Mahabharata

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Item Code: NAO615
Author: Karthika Nair
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Language: English
Edition: 2015
ISBN: 9789351772828
Pages: 285
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.5 inch X 6.5 inch
Weight 330 gm
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About the Author

Poet and dance produce/curator, Karthika Nair was born in Kerala and lives in Paris. Nair is the author of Bearings (HarperCollins India, 2009, a poetry collection, and The Honey Hunter/Le Tiger de Mile (Young Zubaan, India/Editions Helium, France, 2013), a children’s book illustrated by Joelle Jolivt. She was also the principal scriptwriter of DESH, choreographer Akram Khan’s award-winning dance production.

In Karthika Nair’s resume as an enabler, one finds mention of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Kafig/Mourad Merzouki, two Olivier awards, Auditorium Musica per Roma, the Louvre, the Shaolin Temple, misadventures with ninja swords and pachyderms, among others, many of which make their way willy-nilly into her poetry (though, hopefully, not into this retelling of the Mahabharata).

 

Contents

 

 

Family Tree of the Kuru Dynasty xii
Dramatis Personae xv
SATYAVATI  
I. Fault Lines 3
PADAVIT: I. THE FATHER  
Pawn Talk: Brass and String 7
SPOUSES, LOVERS  
Constancy I 15
SATYAVATI  
II. Fault Lines 19
III. Fault Lines 22
IV. Fault Lines 25
V. Fault Lines 28
VI. Fault Lines 31
AMBA/SHIKHANDI  
Manual for Revenge and Remembrance 37
SHUNAKA  
Blood Count 47
SPOUSES, LOVERS  
Constancy II 51
SATYAVATI  
VII. Fault Lines 55
DHRUPADA'S WIFE: QUEEN OF PANCHALA, MOTHER OF SHIKHANDI, DRAUPADI & DHRISHTADHYUMNA, WOMAN WITHOUT A NAME  
Sustenance 65
SPOUSES, LOVERS  
Constancy III 73
SATYAVATI  
VIII Fault Lines 77
POORNA  
i. Blood Moon Rising: Poorna with Vyaasa 87
II. Poona to Satyavati: The Handmaiden's Grail 90
SPOUSES, LOVERS  
Constancy IV 95
SATYAVATI  
IX. Fault Lines 99
SAUVALI  
Bedtime Story for a Dasi's Son 113
GANDHARI  
The Deadliness of Broken Things 123
SATYAVATI  
X. Fault Lines 131
HIDIMBA  
Residuum (epistles) 145
DUSSHALA  
Landay for Doomed Siblings 165
ULUPI  
The Capillaries of Cosmic Bodies 177
KRISHNA  
Blueprint for a Victory 183
MOHINI  
Jermiad for the Debris of Stars 191
SPOUSES, LOVERS  
Constancy V 197
SATYAVATI  
XI. Fault Lines 201
UTTARAA  
I. Life Sentences 215
II. To Abhimanyu: Memorabilia 217
III. Note to the Unborn Child 218
KUNTI  
Ossature of Maternal Conquest & Reign 223
VRISHALI  
Testament: Vrishali with Duryodhana 227
BHANUMATI  
Amaranth 235
SPOUSES, LOVERS  
Constancy Vi 239
PADAVIT: II. THE SON  
Pawn Talk: Beneath the Music 243
Notes 249
References 251
Acknowledgments 259

 

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