The Story Of Mahabharata Beautifully Retold In Just 36 Tweets

The Mahabharata has around 1 lakh verses contained in 18 chapters. Can an epic of such proportion be summarized in just 36 tweets, which has a character limit of only 140 characters? Sounds crazy, right?

But not for eminent mythologist and storyteller, Devdutt Pattanaik. He tweeted the whole story of Mahabharata in 40 minutes with the help of 36 tweets, proving the age old adage right that says brevity is the soul of wit.

Hats off.

1.

01/36 Prince of Hastinapur is named Bhisma after he gives up sex & inheritance so that his father can marry an ambitious fisherwoman. #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

2.

02/36 Fisherwoman Satyavati’s sons die childless. Poet Vyasa is called to impregnate the 2 widows who beget 2 sons: 1 blind & 1 pale #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

3.

03/36 Pale younger Pandu gets crown, 2 wives and curse of death if he touches a woman. Effectively childless, he withdraws to forest #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

4.

04/36 Blind elder Dhritarashtra becomes regent and clings to throne. He gets a wife Gandhari who blindfolds herself #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

5.

05/36 Pandu’s 1st wife Kunti uses a mantra and compels 3 gods to give her 3 sons. Same mantra gets 2nd wife Madri twin sons #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

6.

06/36 Impatient and frustrated Gandhari strikes pregnant belly. Out comes a ball of flesh that Vyasa transforms into 100 sons #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

7.

07/36 Dhritarashtra’s 100 Kauravs raised in palace. Pandu’s 5 Pandavs raised in forest. Pandu dies soon after. Madri kills herself #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

8.

08/36 Orphaned Pandavs return to palace with Kunti and raised alongside resentful Kauravs. Bhisma appoints Drona as joint tutor #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

9.

09/36 As tuition fee for martial training Drona demands half of Panchala kingdom to settle an old score. Pandavs make it happen #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

10.

10/36 Blind uncle gifts triumphant Pandavs a (lac) palace. Kauravs set it aflame. Pandavs escape bid on life and hide in forest #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

11.

11/36 In forest mighty Pandav Bhim kills barbarian Baka & Hidimba and marries their sister Hidimbi who begets a son Ghatotkacha #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

12.

12/36 Panchala-king Drupada hopes to avenge division of his kingdom through daughter Draupadi and sons Shikhandi and Dhristadhyumna #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

13.

13/36 Talented charitable Karna disqualified from archery contest at Panchala as he is charioteer’s foster son, unworthy of princess #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

14.

14/36 Archer Pandav Arjun disguised as priest wins contest; wins Draupadi; shares her with brothers on mother’s orders #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

15.

15/36 Pandavs meet and befriend their cousin Krishna at Panchala archery contest. Receive support on revealing true identity. #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

16.

16/36 With Krishna as friend and Draupada as father-in-law, Pandavs boldly return to Hastinapur and claim their father’s inheritance #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

17.

17/36 Kingdom divided. Pandavs get the forest of Khandava, which they burn and clear to build fabulous city of Indraprastha #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

18.

18/36 Arjun, exiled for intruding Draupadi’s privacy, travels, meets and marries Uloopi, Chitrangada and Krishna’s sister, Subhadra # Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

19.

19/36 Guided by Krishna, Bhim kills mighty Jarasandha in duel. Impressed, all kings attend eldest Pandav Yudhishtir’s coronation # Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

20.

20/36 Jealous Kaurav Duryodhan invites Pandavs to gamble. Yudhishtir loses kingdom, himself, brothers and common wife Draupadi #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

21.

21/36 Jubilant Kaurav Dushasan tries disrobing haughty Draupadi to humiliate Pandavs but she is rescued by Krishna’s miracle #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

22.

22/36 Draupadi swears to tie hair after washing it in Dushasan’s blood. Unnerved Kauravs grant Pandavs 1 more game to win back kingdom #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

23.

23/36 Pandavs lose. Exiled in forest for 13 years. Final year as servants: humiliation as well as lesson in humility #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

24.

24/36 Exile over. Kauravs refuse to return Pandav land. Peace efforts fail. Pandavs declare war with 7 armies. Kauravs have 11. #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

25.

25/36 Armies meet at Kurukshetra. Before war, Arjun loses confidence. Krishna gives him perspective (Bhagavad Gita). 18-day war starts #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

26.

26/36 Bhisma can choose hour of death; blocks victory; lowers bow before transsexual Shikhandi; pinned to ground by Arjun’s arrows #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

27.

27/36 Drona is next commander; ruthlessly breaks all rules of war; fights at night; gets Abhimanyu and Ghatotkacha killed #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

28.

28/36 False rumours that his son (or elephant) Ashwatthama is dead makes Drona lower his bow; Dhristadhyumna beheads him #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

29.

29/36 Karna leads Kauravs despite knowing he is Kunti’s illegitimate abandoned firstborn. Ignorant Pandavs mock his low status #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

30.

30/36 On Krishna’s advice, Arjun kills unarmed Karna as latter tries to pull out chariot wheel stuck in mud; consumed by guilt later #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

31.

31/36 Bhim kills all Kauravs; drinks Dushasan’s blood; washes & ties Draupadi’s hair; unlawfully strikes Duryodhan fatally on thigh #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

32.

32/36 The Pandavs celebrate victory. Ashwatthama sets aflame battle camp at night and kills Draupadi’s 5 sons & 2 bros as they sleep #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

33.

33/36 Yudhishtir crowned king. Only surviving heir alive is Abhimanyu’s unborn son, Parikshit. Mother, uncle, aunt go to forest to die #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

34.

34/36 After a long successful reign, Yudhishtir learns of Krishna’s death and renounces kingdom #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

35.

35/36 Pandavs & Draupadi travel to mountains. All fall to their deaths except Yudhishtir who is granted access to paradise #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

36.

36/36 Yudhishtir finds Kauravs in paradise! He is furious until he realises: as long as he clings to rage, heaven can never be his #Jaya

— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) March 27, 2014

 

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