Randamoozham is a classic novel in Malayalam by Jnanpith award winner and the popular Malayalam writer M T Vasudevan Nair. Randamoozham means the ‘second turn’ and the story of the Mahabharat is seen through the eyes of Bhima – the second of the Pandavas. Prem Panicker, senior journalist, had serialized the novel in English in his blog for over a year. Now he has published the entire novel in pdf format for free.
Randamoozham is basically the re-imagining of the epic from the point of view of Bhima. It is a work of fiction and not a religious one.
In the novel there are no supernatural heroes, even Lord Krishna is stripped of his divine powers and is presented as a normal human being. Bhima, who always gets the second turn in all the main incidents in the Mahabharata, talks about the favoritism, betrayal, helplessness and silent sufferings of many characters in the Mahabharata including himself. The focus is on the relationships between the main characters. A classic, Randamoozham is easily one of the five best novels in Malayalam language which has a very strong literary tradition among Indian languages.
Prem Panicker’s English translation is titled ‘Bhimsen.’ This is a bold and great attempt by Prem Panicker and a major highlight of this adaptation is the use of simple language.
You can download the novel here at Prem Panicker’s website in pdf or document format.
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