On the Lookout for Sex and Death

Modern books, magazines and films play on the public’s obsession with sex and death. At least, in the so-called developed world, today’s young people- and even old people – are on the constant lookout for these topics in academic discussions, newspapers and books. But this preoccupation can be used for Krishna. Witness the new cover of Krishna Dharma prabhu’s version of Mahabharata, published this year by Torchlight. The cover illustration is a close up of an attractive female face, beautifully decorated, representing Draupadi, for whom, in one sense, a kingdom was fought. In front of this face, in sharp relief, is the hilt and blue steel blade of a sword (representing the Kuruksetra war).