Read What? The Misters Kuru – A Return to Mahabharata by Trisha Das
Language. Genre: English. Humor. Fiction/Drama.
What’s it about? If you’ve ever let your imagination run riot and wondered what would it be like if the mighty Pandavas were to ascend on Earth as human beings, Author Trisha Das has beaten you to it! She pens this tongue-in-cheek story where Kunti, Draupadi, and Amba are comfortably ensconced in modern New Delhi (which used to be formerly known as Indraprasth). Draupadi wears heels, makeup, body-con dresses and hosts her TV Talk Show. Kunti is a Warden at an Orphanage.
Curiosity about the absence of the ladies in Heaven leads the men, the Pandavas, to land on earth, along with Sage Narad Muni. What follows is a hilarious account of how the Men adjust, rather try to, to modern times while the Women already have and no longer seem the same. This new life sees values being questioned. Virtues becoming vices and vice versa.
The men realize that adapting and adjusting to all that is strange makes life easier and also that the women did it with more ease than they can. And just when things seem to be falling into place, just like in the Mahabharata, the brothers gear up for another battle, this time against mortals on earth.
What did I think of it? If like me, you judge a book by its cover, let me share that you will not be too far off the mark about The Misters Kuru. I loved the eyecatching and colorful cover and the story matches it perfectly.
Trisha has seamlessly changed the world the characters existed in while she cleverly shines a light on their core values, making us rethink them. Yudhishtir is still adamant about being right, even though he sways to temptation. Draupadi hurtfully questions Arjun about why he did not stand up for her when he was asked to share his wife and she was being disrobed and humiliated. Kunti wants to make up for neglecting her illegitimate son Karan and tries her best to do so. Sage Narad Muni, who is known to be up to no good with his stash of spicy gossip, is all thumbs in the kitchen of the Orphanage as the bland food cooked by him is simply inedible.
As they live the roles they pick on Earth the reader travels with them, thanks to Trisha’s engrossing and fast-paced writing. We laugh with and at them, feel their despair, veer between decisions with them and then turn the last page with a triumphant smile and whisper, ‘Well done!’.
Wow or Not Now? If you are looking for a lighthearted and fun read that will make you chuckle as you turn the pages, this is your book.
What Else? This book would read better if you do not connect it to the spiritual and mythological Mahabharat and its characters. I must admit to being scandalized as I started reading it.
It does have shock value scattered through the pages (Draupadi owns a vibrator and Arjun is incensed that she needs one. Arjun plays cricket and the men wonder how the modern man can still manage to impregnate their woman despite wearing jeans).
*** 3 Stars to The Misters Kuru – A Return to Mahabharata by Trisha Das
My rating chart;
*Use it as a doorstop.
**Read it if you have nothing better to do.
***You may like it if you like this particular genre.
*****What! You haven’t read it YET?!