In my travels on the web, I found an excellent map of Greater Bharat(India) from the time of the Mahabharata. It shows, in detail, the name of the various cities/towns/settlements and mountain ranges and kingdoms from way, way back. The map itself claims that the period is around the 6th century BC, but the historical accuracy might be questionable. Suffice it to say that this map will help you understand where the different kingdoms and places mentioned in the Mahabharata were located.
Easily the best 10 minutes I have spent in the recent past! The art and the story are by Patrick Farley. The story has little nuggets of Jain wisdom. I loved it.
Please let me know if you did too. Sometimes, writing on this blog seems like a act in solitude – with no one to see a painting, the paint is wasted,
Sanjay Patel is a delightful artist. His book, The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow is a very gentle introduction to the pantheon of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. If you have absolutely no clue about Hindu Mythology, this is the book for you. Need I say that even if you are Hindu, this might make a wonderful gifts for the tiny tots?
The book is 144 pages long, and you can see sample pages and the sketches at the artist’s site. While you are at Sanjay’s site, check out the free desktop wallpapers and the cute T-shirts with Hindu Gods and Goddesses for sale.Older Articles »