>The Mahabharata is the longest known epic poem and has been described as "the longest poem ever written". Its longest version consists of over 100,000 shloka or over 200,000 individual verse lines (each shloka is a couplet), and long prose passages. About 1.8 million words in total, the Mahabharata is roughly ten times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined, or about four times the length of the Ramayana.
honestly, that's just poor writing
Indian fag here. We are taught this in schools(parts of it). It turned me off completely. Always seemed like homework. Irrelevant, archaic and outdated philosophy. Never learned a good lesson from it. All the people who read it were really boring or they grew up to become pederasts masquerading as self-styled gurus that people in the west call Life Gurus.(JUST....)
Arjuna was inspiring when I was a 10 year old boy. Then his cuckoldry became apparent once i hit 15 and i never picked it up again.
TLDR: Stick with the Greeks. You aren't missing much.
I started but took a break a week or so ago to finish reading a book I'm borrowing. I had finally gotten to the rivalry of the Pandavas and the Kurus, and it took a lot of fucking set up and side-stories to get there.
Its verboseness is kind of endearing.
I watched the tv series when I was a kid. It was pretty good but each episode was like an hour long and there were 100 episodes.
You should read the Ramayan instead it's shorter but more focused and just as good. The only problem is finding a version that is both enjoyable to read and also true to the source. The Iskon version has the best prose, but the translator has obviously taken liberties and inserted a bunch of Iskon propaganda. Most notably at one point it inserts "and there were no atheists" when describing the city of Ayodhya which does not appear in any other translation or even the original text. I couldn't read past that knowing there'd be more bullshit like it.
I've read an abridged, novelized version (which was still huge), and parts of the original in English. It's an acquired taste, but the characters, philosophy, and plot resonated with me so intensely and personally that, after finishing it, I legitimately felt proud to be a human being.