@MeghnaPant to present Mahabharata in 100 tweets

This unique digital storytelling event which is being sponsored by the Association of American Publishers, Penguin Random House, and Twitter (@TWfictionfest) will see Meghna Pant (@MeghnaPant), author of Happy Birthday and Other Stories and One and a Half Wife, retelling the epic Mahabharata in 100 tweets. Not an easy feat by any chance, Meghna is gung-ho about this challenge. She says, “I truly believe that a good story is a good story no matter what the length. Twitter is a challenging medium. Honestly, it’s also my way of making peace with Twitter, as a writer I initially found 140 characters stifling. But I soon realised that it’s one of the most important platforms we have today.”
Meghna’s idea of tweeting Mahabharata on Twitter caught the attention of the judges who asked her to elaborate on the same. She explains, “It is not easy to pick sub plots from a 2,00,000 line epic. Though I have managed to divide it into sub plots, I’ve deconstructed Mahabharata and have selected important aspects such as Genesis of Mahabharata, rivalries between Pandavas and Kauravas, the swayamvar, fatal dice roll, exile of Pandavas and Bhagvad Gita. I was quite surprised to learn that people want to hear more about the Bhagvad Gita, so 25 tweets are reserved just for it.”

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