Epic Understatement

Understatement of the millenia:
“Carving time out from one’s regular schedule and work engagements to embark on such a mammoth work of translation has been difficult.” – Bibek Debroy on spending only 6 years translating the longest of all world epics, The Mahabharata, unabridged, 73,787 Sanskrit couplets into 2.5 million English words, in 10 volumes, the first of which, in my hands, is just shy of 500 pages. It’s a remarkable achievement not to die before finishing. Not only that it reads well.

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