Mahabharata is one of the two epics (Hindu Itihasa). The sage Vyasa dictated the verses and Lord Ganesha wrote them down with one of his tusks. Karma and Dharma play the main role in the Epic. It consists of 100000 verses and eighteen Parvas. Most of the Parvas are named after their constituent sub-Parvas. The story narrates the struggle between two groups of cousins Pandavas and Kauravas. It ends with the Kurukshetra war. It contains philosophical and devotional material. The main hero of the story is Lord Krishna. He teaches Gita to Arjuna. In Gita, Krishna teaches very simple methods to attain Moksha. The famous Vishnu Sahasranama was narrated by Bheeshma the Great grand gather of Kauravas and Pandavas in his death bed after he was defeated by Arjuna on the 10th day of the war. After the death of Krishna, the Kali-yuga started. The original name of the book was Jaya. Then it was renamed as Vijaya. The present name Mahabharata was derived from the great king Bharata, the son of Shakuntala.
Chakravarti Rajagopalachariyar who wrote a book on Mahabharata used to attend his discourses. My father got a book written by him from the hands of Rajaji himself. I took great interest in reading that book. Still I remember the discourses and the book. I used to tell 'Mahabharat' stories to my son and grandsons when they were young. They were very interested to hear the stories. So, I got the encouragement and wanted to write the full book of Mahabharata in simple English to be useful to not only kids but also all the people. I also wanted to bring out the essence of Gita in a very simple manner such that it will be understood by all and help for their better future. I also wanted to stress the importance of ladies being treated well with their due honors