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I am half-man, half-superhuman. I am the mightiest warrior of my time. I have violated my dharma and murdered a man in cold blood. I have, single-handed, wiped out a whole generation of my kinsmen. I have committed acts of unspeakable brutality on the battlefield. I have done it all for the love of one woman. A woman who loves my brother.
I am Bhima, the second Pandava. This is my story. Possessed of amazing strength, fierce loyalty and great tenderness, Bhima as a character is almost always eclipsed by Yudhishtira and Arjuna. In spite of his many virtues, he is destined to be remembered as all brawn and biceps. Now, in Vikas Singhs retelling of the Mahabharata, Indias greatest epic is narrated through the eyes of a hero who has never got his due. A fascinating account of a fascinating character-his extraordinary courage, his obsessive love for Draupadi, his deeply conflicted emotions about his brother, Arjun-this stunning work, written in a racy, entertaining style, provides the definitive answer to the question- What was it like to be Bhima?
About the Author
Vikas Singh is a self-confessed word addict, who obsessively reads anything that comes his way, be it an old newspaper or the label on a cough syrup bottle. An Army kid, he spent most of his early life moving from one place to another, with books being his only constant companion. A love-affair that is on even today, with the repertoire varying from military history to Larry Gonnicks cartoon histories and non-fiction to pulp fiction.
He pursued a degree in History Honours from St. Stephens College and then did a post-graduate diploma in Marketing Management before embarking on a career in journalism. But plots and stories continued to fire his imagination. Now a senior journalist, Vikas lives in Delhi with his wife and daughter, who are equally enthralled by literature, in a house which seems to have more books than furniture. Having previously co-authored a brief, breezy history of knowledge, The Know of Things, with Derek OBrien, Jug Suraiya and Bunny Suraiya, Bhima is Vikass second novel, after the successful cricket thriller The Big Fix