Ramayana is now free e-book; Mahabharata is a tweet

31st July 2009
Ramayana is now free e-book; Mahabharata is a tweet

India's  biggest epics transit to Web 2.0
Kalady ( Kerala) based Malayalam professor P.R. Harikumar of the Sree Sankara College has created an e-book version of  Adhyatma Ramayanam the most widely read  Malayalam language version of the Ramayana, written during the 16th century by Thunchathu Ezhuthachan – and placed it for free download on his web page (http://www.prharikumar.net/ramayanam_e-book ). 
The 500 page e-book – all six kandas or books from Balakandam to Udhakandam -- convert to a 1 MB PDF  file. 
Harikumar has earlier created mobile editions of Adhyatma Ramayanam in Malayalam and Thirukkural in Tamil. He also  presented India's first Phone Novel-'Neelakkannukal'(Blue Eyes) in Malayalam and  directed India's first Pocket Film- 'A boy in his time', for mobile viewing (Fiction on your hand-phone!  http://www.hindu.com/2006/11/26/stories/2006112600661100.htm )
Ezhuthachan’s Adhyatma Ramayanam is seeing a sudden return to popularity among Keralites these days: Both leading Malayalam dailies Mathrubhoomi and Malayala Manorama have published annotated versions, as have Kerala based publisher including DC Books and Siso Books. The ongoing “Ramayana month” of  Karikadakom now ongoing, has seen another spurt in interest.
UK-based lecturer of journalism and communication Chindu Sreedharan of Bournemouth University   has reduced the Mahabharata to 140-character tweets on Twitter . He has chosen to tell the story through the eyes of Bhima reported Mail Today, Delhi(http://indiatoday.intoday.in/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=54382&sectionid=4&secid=&Itemid=1&issueid=116  ) and New Indian Express , Kerala editions (http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Mahabharata+being+retold+on+Twitter&artid=QSk5CTB4LQg=&SectionID=1ZkF/jmWuSA=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=X7s7i|xOZ5Y=&SEO= )
 Follow Sreedharan’s Mahabharata tweet at http://twitter.com/epicretold