Adi Parva is a graphic novel based on the Mahabharat and the oral tradition of ancient India. In it, the celestial river Ganga narrates the events from the beginning of time. The story is played out by a medley of characters ranging from gods to sages, queens to seers, hermits to seductresses and kings to warriors as they come together in this graphic retelling of Hindu mythology. This epic graphic novel depicts timeless events such as the churning of the sea, the snake sacrifice of Janmejaya and the first time the queen Gandhari wears a blindfold.
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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. From the bestselling author of Kari comes a brilliant new interpretation of mythology. Combining stories from the Adi Parva which precede the main narrative of the Pandav-Kaurav war for succession. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Adi Parva - Churning of the Ocean. Jan 12, Rijula D rated it it was ok. Amruta Patil has the ability to craft a sentence that turns a knife ever so excruciatingly somewhere inside the reader's soul; this book had a few of those moments too, but ultimately it was a red herring. A fractious, cobbled-together pastiche of the Mahabharat for the fancy Indians and their white friends.
Mahabharat has an answer to those questions, Adi P Amruta Patil has the ability to craft a sentence that turns a knife ever so excruciatingly somewhere inside the reader's soul; this book had a few of those moments too, but ultimately it was a red herring. Mahabharat has an answer to those questions, Adi Parva doesn't.
I can see the author's fascination with her subject matter, I don't see her understanding or her contribution to what already has been, so beautifully and so magnificently, already said.
View 1 comment. Jan 19, Vivek Tejuja rated it it was amazing. There is the concept of the storyteller in the Indian tradition, also known as the sutradhar. Of storytelling, of plots, of history and of the present and the future.
One must not underestimate the ability of a storyteller. There is more to them than what meets the eye. It is how the epic came to be, There is the concept of the storyteller in the Indian tradition, also known as the sutradhar.
It is how the epic came to be, which is narrated by Sauti traditionally to the rishis after the Sarpasatra killing of the snakes of Janamejaya a direct descendant of the Pandavs. The first volume starts with how the Mahabharata came to be and ends with the birth of the Kauravas and the Pandavas. The Mahabharata as a tale is known to all. Its popularity cannot be contested. Many forms have been given to it in stories and different perspectives as well.
This one however is told in the form of a graphic novel and Amruta Patil uses her craft stupendously. To take a mythological tale and to present it differently is challenging enough, however to keep balancing it between the present and the past is more difficult, which Amruta has successfully managed. The book took me in its charm right from page one. The illustrations are breathtaking no doubt, however what is also very charming about the book is the way the tale has been narrated. There are intervals — almost parallel narratives — from the sutradhar to the story itself.
It is as though the author in herself is the sutradhar which is of course another way of looking at it. The drawings will definitely make me want to reread the book. There are various themes running through the entire story — of feminism underline however it is there , rivalry, the context of times gone by and the current times, of the different ages and how men and their nature changes and more so the idea of storytelling. The beauty and grace given to a story of war it is not only that can only come through an illustrator such as Patil.
She breathes life into the story with her graphics, her imagery and her perspective. I know for sure that I will be eagerly waiting for the other installments in this series. Jul 29, Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar rated it it was amazing Shelves: comics , series. As a visual retelling of the myths leading up to the Mahabharata and two generations after that as a consequence of it, although it gets difficult at times to track the timelines correctly, it is a pleasurable read with amazing artwork.
View all 7 comments. Aug 22, Abhijeet Rawle rated it really liked it. The story has some breaks in flow and tends to go on a tangent but the author brings it back. The visuals are stunning and clearly shows that a lot of thought and imagination has gone into it. I would recommend not breezing through this one - spend time and marvel at the thought put into each visual.
There are other great works on mythology and the Mahabharata which go deep in interpretation. This book doesn't attempt to do that, or even pretends to do that - instead it wonderfully brings out an The story has some breaks in flow and tends to go on a tangent but the author brings it back.
This book doesn't attempt to do that, or even pretends to do that - instead it wonderfully brings out an artist's creativity and imagination. Hope to see more such work from Amruta Patil! Jun 20, Ronil rated it liked it. My review will actually be: 3. It has chosen only one topic particularly about Mahabharata, so if someone starts to read the book with thought that it will give detailed insight of Mahabharata then one will get disappointed.
The illustrations are sometimes very gorgeous and thought-provoking, while sometimes they are bit out of the context. So it makes one fill like the continuum is not maintained but on second thought it seems there are ma My review will actually be: 3. So it makes one fill like the continuum is not maintained but on second thought it seems there are many points where there cannot be any related illustration possible for the topic author has chosen!
Talking about the story line-up, it is quite detailed but not up to the mark or expectations. The narrative by story-teller is a good concept and can be used by other authors for a new experience and can be used as a great backdrop for stories. Overall, if you are interested in Indian Mythology and also want to experience something new by reading an illustrated story-telling it can be stepping stone for a new genre of books to be discovered by the reader. Jul 06, Parmeet Kohli rated it it was amazing Shelves: top.
My first graphic novel and I wasn't sure what to expect. What an outstanding read it turned out to be! Up there with Mrityunjaya for me as an alternate narration of the epic. Her paintings are beyond words and so is the narrative.
Her prose never fails to match her stunning artwork and sets a wonderful pace to the tale. Patil uses the age old Indian tradition of a "sutradhar" to weave her web of stories and So a Mahabharata fixation made me pick Adi Parva - Churning of the Ocean by Amruta Patil. Patil uses the age old Indian tradition of a "sutradhar" to weave her web of stories and connect with the contemporary reader.
Gandhari and Kunti's depiction in particular is spectacular. It truly is akin to watching a movie and reading a book at the same time. Read up! Dec 26, Abhinav Agarwal rated it it was amazing. A spectacular graphic retelling of the Mahabharata. This first in a trilogy will leave you spellbound Adi Parva, by "via" Amruta Patil is a standout addition to the retellings of the epic, for several reasons. This lavishly produced high quality edition is a marvelous work, for several reasons.
This is a graphic book, with the emphasis being more on the drawings than on the text. Each page has at most a two-three lines of text, which leaves you with a full page of charcoal or color illustration A spectacular graphic retelling of the Mahabharata. Each page has at most a two-three lines of text, which leaves you with a full page of charcoal or color illustrations to gaze at. Jan 22, Vaidehi rated it it was amazing. A stunning new take on traditional Indian myths and legends as well as the oral tradition.
The author is able to add incredible depth to these oft-told stories and her original illustrations allow an incredibly interesting perspective to the tales - an absolute must-read! Jan 22, Nirav rated it it was amazing. Such beautiful book.
‘I write because I need to. I draw and paint as a means to an end’: Amruta Patil
Artist and author Amruta Patil is breaking the patriarchal mould with her graphic retelling of the Mahabharata. The novel was narrated by the river Ganga as sutradhar , and voiced concerns about the environment. Now, after a gap of four years, comes the final instalment of the epic — Sauptik: Blood and Flowers. Why the four-year gap between each of her books? Patil, who grew up in Panjim, Goa, hails from an armed forces family.
Book Review | Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean
In , Amruta Patil broke new ground in Indian English storytelling with her compelling graphic novel debut, Kari. Then in , she uncovered Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean , a most exquisite retelling of the first book of the Mahabharata. And it is not just a retelling, there are sly interjections by the sutradhaar of the tale, Ganga; visual cues that remind us of cultural overlaps of mythologies; head-reeling detail in costume and landscape … and now, the sequel Sauptik: Blood and Flowers is here, to be released later this month. And finally, Ashwatthama is here to carry the story forward in Sauptik. And we must listen. To begin with, could you tell us why you chose the figure of the sutradhaar?