Facebook Mahabharatha

2 days of high pressure work and day long meetings have finally come to an end. And that usually means “some free time”. And “some free time” usually translates to The Facebook Mahabharatha

ps 1: I didn’t pay too much attention to accurate chronology

ps 2: It was already getting long, so I left some events out

ps 3: For those not familiar with the Facebook Mini-feed, you need to read from the bottom.


Update: For the technically inclined, most of this was done with a generous use of javascript directly in the browser and very little photoshop. The script used is rather simple.

javascript:document.body.contentEditable=’true’; document.designMode=’on’; void 0

Type this in the browser address bar and hit enter.It will make the entire page editable. The possibilities then are endless, aren’t they? I found this here

And the subtly brilliant Baby Vaijayanti and Puppy Manohar suggest an FPS- style in-game chat version that sounds even cooler. For instance,

>Bh15hm4 has been pwned by Arrows

>4bh1m4nyu has left the server

Etc. I urge the baby and the junior canine scientist to take this up on a larger scale.


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  1. I thought Shashi Tharoor’s “Mohammed Ali Karna”, “Jayaprakash Drona” and “Priya Duryodhani” we funny! But this stuff is hilarious! Am not a facebook user but the idea is maha funny!!

  2. Patrix,
    With some very nifty javascript, this isn’t too much effort at all :)

    Thank you.

    Hmm. I have to admit that there is some shred of truth to that :)

  3. Mmmh – am I the only one who is not seeing the image or what you have here? I had Adblock plus on firefox – maybe thats the reason – I should try out another browser!

  4. dude, it’s a crime to have so much free time and such free flow of creativity, both with the same person!!!! what’s your secret? or should I ask the missus?

  5. Upto whatever i could understand from your post
    it is excellent.
    As it is completely computer/browser language
    the idea in full is not received for people like me who do not know the language.
    Please venture again in a language known to all common people.

  6. Have you thought of publishing ? or any other form where you can reach a wider audience. What are your future plans as a .. i’m not sure what to call you.. a writer won’t suffice, a punster would be very inadequate. Commentators… what do we call krishashok ?

  7. Thanks for sharing the Javascript… really great stuff, I did not know you could actually do that!! I guess you learn something new every day…

    Btw, WordPress seems to have replaced the single quotes in the script with the equivalent HTML entity. So, the script doesn’t just work if you paste in the address bar, you’d have to change the single quotes to the normal ones.

  8. This is truly gr8! I once had an idea of doing a skit using here at USC using facebook updates, but it needed too much effort and synchro. Your javascript technique really helps in cutting down the effort. Also, kudos to your creativity — “click here to listen to Yudishthira’s podcast” .. lmao!

  9. That was brilliant , Sir.

    Dr. Vikram ‘Bunty’ Sanghvi (Mrs.)
    Wheat Farmer and landless labor employment service.
    (we employ landless farmers on our lands. we employ them. yes we are good.)

  10. Everybody,
    Thank you :)

    Hmm. Not sure if all of this is good enough to be published but I’ve been asked this by others as well. I will think about it.

    Yeah. Let me change it to regular text. Should work now.

  11. speechless…

    ps : next time when you re-write MMKR script using facebook, turn off the spellcheker in your editor.

  12. Hilarious!!! i emailed this to my friends and thus managed to bask in reflected glory! :)
    btw read yr comment on Twisted’s pregnancy post. Y’re a tad late. this phenomenon y’re referring to is already happening m’boy :)

  13. This is a nice way of representing the mahabharatha. One of my friends always sits in this facebook and finds out many cool features as part of it such as free calling, free sms world wide etc., I haven’t went through the details but still i hope the features are cool.

    V V S

  14. Wow — very interesting way to present history.. haha sadly, i am sure kids today would be able to digest information in this format compared to how it was previously.

  15. Excellent job, dude. This is a thoroughly creative post!

    Where is

    Draupadi accepted Nakula’s invitation
    Draupadi accepted Sahadeva’s invitation
    Draupadi accepted Bhima’s invitation
    Draupadi accepted Arjuna’s invitation
    Draupadi accepted Ydhishtira’s invitaion

    Draupadi is sorely tired, and wants to sleep all weekend.

    Bhima has suckerpunched Durhodhana.

  16. hi, please see link below:


    you got anything to do with this? wouldnt want anyone to ‘lift’ contents from a unique blogger like you :-)
    Ashok: Either he received it as an email forward and honestly didn’t know who created it, or he plagiarized deliberately. I’m going to assume “innocent mistake” till he addresses the issue. Either way, I’ve let a comment on his blog

  17. This image came as an email forward to me with no attribution.
    However said creator is deeply offended that I used it without his permission. I apologize for this but what I don’t like are the ridiculous comments made on my comment page. Also these guys can’t structure a single coherent sentence in English.
    To this end I have removed the work of offended creative genius.
    A thousand apologies.
    Let us not forget the original idea:

  18. Sunil,

    Thanks for obliging. But um, the “original” you refer to was “originally” from CollegeHumour – http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1764710 and was titled “The Facebook of Genesis”, and interestingly is dated Nov 10, 2008. My post is dated Nov 2007, and therefore technically, I could claim that mine is more “original”.

    But that’s not the point. The idea of using a Facebook minifeed to depict religion/mythology etc could very well have come to many people.

    My second point is about email forwards. Now while it would be presumptuous of me to advise you on your job, but SEM, SEO and Viral marketing seem to be your resume, so I find it odd that you would simply post something you received through email, since clearly posting it would almost always infringe some one’s copyright. And I am sure you are aware of how search engines work. Duplicate copies of the same content don’t exactly help the original creator because Google does not like that, and I’m sure you know that with your SEO and SEM skills.

    Now perhaps this might have a careless mistake, and therefore not really something to make a big deal out of. But that was till I looked at most of your other posts. Take this for example – http://newnimproved.blogspot.com/2009/02/carlos-santana-and-eric-clapton-jingo.html and now, let’s do a Google search with some of the text – http://tinyurl.com/b3fo4r . It turns out that your result appears along with what looks like the original.

    So the “english-challenged” people who commented on your reckless duplication of content might have lacked coherence in their sentence structures, but at least, their content was original :)

    ps: The link you pasted in your comment – the one about god being on Facebook, you forgot to attribute that to the original creator as well, in this case CollegeHumour.

  19. ‘A thousand apologies to the offended creative genius’ eh? such humility and sincerity. must have missed originality somewhere, though!
    Ashok: Sssh Poornima. The gentleman has sent me a cease-and-desist notice and threatened a lawsuit for defamation. So don’t get me into trouble :)

  20. Stumbled upon your blog Krish. I just love the way you write!! This one had me in splits!!

    Keep it going!

  21. Whoa! more than a year and half after you write yours, I do a similar thing on the Ramayana, with no idea that you have done this for the Mahabharata! Wow, and thinking that I was the first one put this idea into a blog! :(
    I limited myself to playing around with MS Word :( :(, downloading the icons and using them as bullets. Took me six hours to make mine! Doing it the Javascript way is so much cooler and was exactly what I originally wanted.
    You rock KrishAshok, you rock! This is absolutely fabulous!

  22. Thalaiva..

    Edho pudusa Facebook ramayana nu net paravathirku.. Inda maadri unga idea va suthu vaera evano paer vaangikithu irukaan.. edhavadu senjaaganum..


  23. ROFL ROFL ROFL ROF L ROFL Hahhahahahahhaahahahahah awesome awesome stuff….man!! i havent laughed so much in days! :))) :))) Thanks a lot!!!

  24. Dude, despite my visceral hatred for all things associated with Chennai by virtue of being incarcerated in one of the ‘concentration camps’ over there for 4 years (and a few more trips every 6 months)- I kneel and salute thee Wayne Campbell style “I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy!” . This is truly kick-ass. Now, go ahead and humour us syrian catholic mallus and do the same with the New Testament.

  25. Oh, dear! I have started a MahaBharath series – MahaParatha reheated at my blog.

    I searched Google for I needed some info on the epic and landed in your spoof.

  26. Happy birthday 2012. This is the last place you’d ever expect to find this. Your blogpost makes so much sense :)

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