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The Ramayana and the Mahabharata are the Indian equivalents of the Iliad and the Odyssey — only far more important and as presented by Romesh C. Dutt, far more impressive. Dutt captures a beauty to Indian culture, and with the flowing couplets the reader is drawn from start through to finish without wanting to set it down.The Ramayana is a more enjoyable read, having only been condensed from 24,000 couplets to 2,000, and as the translator says in the epilogue, the Ramayana demonstrates the domes...
It's tough with modern reading tastes to get into a suitable frame of mind for ancient literature from a far distant culture. The problem is compounded because the oldest texts of such literature are far younger than their origins, filled with edits, interpolations, addenda, and other violations of the original text that often represent the values and interests of those later dates. Romesh Dutt, an Indian scholar and official of the British occupation, born in India and probably one of the best
Prof Dutt did this Epic justice. One of the better translated verses of the Bharata. As enjoyable to read as Fagle's translation of the Illiad, if not more.
Giving this 4 stars for the Ramayana portion. I couldn't finish the Mahabharata.