Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Episode 10 - Five Men and One Woman

Episode 10 - This is a long one - over 30 minutes, but I'm pretty happy with how it came out.  You might have noticed that I'm still experimenting with the audio, and I think this one came out clearer than the rest.  I'm trying to keep the file sizes under control, so it is a matter of striking a good balance.

Also, the story is getting interesting.  We've got a few good fight scenes, plus Vyasa intervenes a couple of times to keep the story on track, and we get to meet Krishna for the first time!  By the end, we have our heroes married off to Draupadi and enjoying their honeymoon at King Drupada's palace.  We'll leave them to enjoy that for a while, and in the upcoming episodes, I'll go back in time to cover Krishna's story from the start.

Please visit my blog and leave comments.  I'm really interested to hear what you all think of the production so far!


  1. Hi Lawrence , Excellent podcast. I'm really enjoying this refresher to the Mahabharata - since I last saw the serial on Indian televison many years back.

    Anyone brave and patient enough to attempt watching the original serial ( which is now available on youtube with English Subtitles ) should listen to your podcast first ! You've nicey contextualized many of the situations and relationships of the characters that will make watching the serial little more exciting.

    Looking forward to the next installment !


  2. There was one more reason Vyasa gives for the propriety of the marriage: in pre-vedic times women's sexuality was controlled by women themselves and not by men. I read a great book about conditions of women in the context of the Aryan conquest. The cultures who the Aryans conquered were much more egalitarian (progressively more matrifocul the further south you go). Girls were educated, and sexual partnership was not strictly controlled by the religious hierarchy. Women also had full participation in spiritual rites. The brahmins changed all that, like most patriarchal conquering religions.