Mahabharata is on Twitter now

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New Delhi, Aug 2: Mahabharata, one of the longest epics of holy scriptures in Hindu religion in India is on Twitter now.

The man behind this unique literary attempt is Chindu Sreedharan, a journalist, who is currently doing media reasearch in england. According to him, Mahabharata on Twitter is a retelling of the Mahabharata. It is an experiment to see how a narrative can be developed as tweets.

Speaking to a national daily, Chindu said the narrative used on twitter is mainly inspired by the novel Bhimsen by Prem Panickar and this Mahabharata on Twitter is seen through Bhima's point of view.

He also said, "If a complex, lengthy narrative can be adapted to something as 'pop' as Twitter, for a different generation and it is an experiment in utilising a social media tool to present a novel-length narrative," he said.

"The attempt is not to capture the essence in just one tweet (140 characters), but a series of tweets. So we are talking of hundreds of Twitter 'episodes' before we are done, he added"

When asked why did he chose Mahabharata, he said, "Because it is, at its core, the story of a conflict which provides for fantastic dramatic tension. Easy to keep the narrative moving, easy opportunities for cliffhangers, conflict-escalation, partial denouements and so on."

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