~ 1. Vyasa Seeks a Scribe ~


Vyasa had composed a poem and needed a scribe to write it down.
"Will you be my scribe?" he asked Ganesha, the elephant-headed god.
"I will," said Ganesha, "provided you do not pause in your recitation."
"I agree," Vyasa replied, "provided you understand each word's meaning before you write it down."
Vyasa recited, and Ganesha wrote.
Sometimes Vyasa said things that were confusing, and Ganesha would pause and think.
Once, when Ganesha's pen splintered, he broke off one of his own tusks to keep writing. 
That was the first version of the Mahabharata.
This Mahabharata will begin with King Shantanu.



Inspired byThe Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version by R. K. Narayan
Notes: This story is from the Introduction.



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