An apres Bhim beer?

24 hours after having the final Bhim episode up, I’m still in hangover mode. Usually, Tuesday morning on the drive to work is when I used to start thinking of what I want to do with the next episode, where I want it to go. This morning’s drive was done in a mental vacuum, and right now it feels good — though there is no telling how long that will last and just when restlessness will kick in again. 🙂

I’ve been toying with vague thoughts of the what-next; a suggestion I found in the comments section about rounding the reinterpretation effort by doing Draupadi and/or Karna resonates to a certain extent with ideas I’ve been toying with.

On date, I know this much: that somewhere doing the writing of Bhim I had this idea — or, at this point, the germ of one — of doing a work of fiction that very loosely has its base in the Mahabharata. The idea needs to marinate a lot more in the mind before I can even start working on it; in the meantime, the thought of working on one more PoV narration in blog format is appealing: it keeps me thinking of the epic and allows me to explore the idea a little bit more; and it gives me an excuse/opportunity to work on long-form writing skills, where I reckon I need more practice.

Hopefully, vague thoughts will crystallize into something concrete within a month. In the meantime, readers had a while back asked if, once this is done, I’d be open to doing readings [No!] and face to face interactions over beer.

Yes. 🙂

Strikes me as a chance to meet new people and to hear at first hand from regular readers what worked and what didn’t — insights that hopefully will inform whatever I do next in this space.

So — if readers in Bombay are game, let’s meet. Through the comments field, you guys figure out the date [ideally Saturdays only, please] and venue, and let’s see if we can make this happen.

22 thoughts on “An apres Bhim beer?

  1. Not sure doing one more MB either through Draupadi and/or Karna is exciting..Certainly would be boring to read. Your choice!

    I know a gentleman who settled in our community in Florida spent lot of time & energy (few visits Greece, Egypt, Pak, & other countries) tried to do Alexander the great in India. Different POV …from an Indian sage who believed to be close (translator) and was with Alexander always.

    followed some of his works..( but then he ended it by selling all the rights to some producer ) it was very interesting to read the life styles of kings then,about Alexandar,War preparation,Politics,conflict of culture, kind of food they prepared ..all kind was more real.

    It is interesting to read something new that existed in the past and still we can find the traces today. check this blog:

  2. Hi Prem,

    I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I have been a follower of your blog for a good few years. Incidentally I am in bombay from Sep 27 onwards, Is it possible to meet you around that time at all?


  3. Hey Prem, how about a “Glenmorangie and lamb chops” Bheem session in New York the next time you visit ? After all Bheem was a big fan of Sura and meat ! We should show some respect to the man.

  4. Prem,

    Congratulations on a brilliant effort. I really enjoyed it!

    First I thought that you are doing a straightforward translation of M.T.’s work. It took me a while to realize that you are using MT as a base and transcreating. Excellent effort!

    Couple of scenes seem inspired by Irawati Karve’s Yuganta. Yudhishtra being the biological son of Vidhura, and Draupadi telling Bhima that be the eldest the next time. Is that in MT’s work too or is it part of your transcreation?

  5. Speaking of another PoV, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has done a very good job of telling the story in Draupadi’s words in her “The Palace of Illusions” — not many people have attempted this and managed to succeed! It is a very good read and I highly recommend it. Had been wanting to write a review of it — but it has been a year already since I read it… Maybe I should read it again. 🙂

    Any chance you will be in Chicago in the near future? 😉

    • Hey Srikanth
      If you read Prem’s First episode of Bheem,he actually mentions Palace of Illusions how angry he was after reading that.
      In turn he wanted to Piss(his words) us off… and hence trans-created BHIMSEN…

  6. Find an excuse and travel to Delhi…

    Don’t stick to another PoV version of Mahabharat. I second the opinion that you should explore other epics/stories.

  7. The comment about HHGTG is blasphemy, I should pass a fatwa on that. Agree with Prem on the Great Indian Novel, it was tedious after a while.

    Prem, why restrict yourself to Mahabarata? What about some other historical epic like “Ponniyin Selvan” or something similar?

  8. Can anyone please upload the PDF Version of the entire series including the final episode? Would look forward to an interaction on this in Bombay when it happens.

  9. If you make it to Delhi, will treat you to a caseload of beer…of your choice 🙂

    Also, just thinking aloud, but doing a follow-on Mahabharata in the voice of another actor, so soon after Bhim, might not be a very good idea. It might be better to focus on something else, and then revisit the epic after 6-8 months (you need to exorcise Bhim)

  10. Prem,
    Since someone asked about a related book: After thinking closely about the epic, what’s your opinion of Shashi Tharoor’s “Great Indian Novel” and Mani Ratnam’s “Dalapati”? I enjoyed both.
    I remember laughing out loud for Tharoor’s puns and jokes in multiple languages. I didnt finish it then, so I dont know if the jokes get repetitive after a point.

    • Funny you mentioned that, because when I read Tharoor’s book I thought it was a good idea stretched that extra mile beyond breaking point — starts off well enough but as it went on beyond the point where it shoiuld have stopped, it started becoming a tedious and yeah, repetitive read.

      Dalapathi I liked — nicely structured, tight narration, Mani was close to his peak at the time, combined the elements of commercial cinema beautifully in that film.

      • At the risk of blasphemy, even hitchhikers guide got repetitive after the first 42 or fewer pages. So given the style I thought Tharoor’s book would also follow the trend.

        • If that is blasphemy, I’ll subscribe to it — I had pretty much the same sense of tedium towards the latter part of that book

  11. I like the idea of doing this one or two weekends from now. Let’s see where the rest come from on this, then we’ll firm it up

  12. Mahesh: Actually, not so sure of the Das book, which I just finished reading, but will in any case be doing that story for Rediff, so will save comments for then.

  13. Gurcharan Das has taken the Mahabharat parallel to The Ambani Brothers feud.There was an article in Outlook ,so your fiction idea may just click.All the best.

  14. 19th Septmber? I don’t know too much about potential venues in Bombay (I’m from Pune) – so anything’s fine. But the meeting up (especially over beer!) is a wawsome idea.

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