BHIMA-LONE WARRIOR is the English translation of M T Vasudevan Nair’s Randamoozham [by Gita Krishnankutty ]. The novel is retelling of Mahabharata epic from the perspective of Bhima the second Pandava. He is not merely looked at as a mighty warrior, but as a human being with unfulfilled longings, haunted by doubts and fears and often ridiculed and misunderstood by the people around him. The novel starts with Mahaprasthanam, where pandavas renounce their kingdom and other worldly possessions and start the final pilgrimage to Himalayas to enter the heaven in bodily form. The story proceeds as Bhima is recollecting all the previous incidents that took place in his life. There are no changes to the framework of the story that Vyasa had codified but can find twists at various places. (some of which I found shocking).MT himself admits that he took liberties in those parts where Vyasa maintained a silence. So I recommend this book even to all those readers who are familiar with the Mahabharata story as you are sure to find deviations from the familiar story. Bhīma is sure to win your hearts.
Asha Devi A.