Dr. KY Narayanaswamy’s Pampabharatha is an alternate retelling of Pampa’s Vikramarjunavijaya (also called Pampabharatha). Pampa’s 10th-century epic deifies the vassal king arikesari as Arjuna of the Mahabharata; it is a retelling of the Mahabharata through the eyes of Arjuna. Dr. KYN follows in the footsteps of Pampa, and he revisits the Mahabharata through the eyes of the enigmatic Karna. Karna is one of the many grey characters that populate the pages of the epic, and he is a noble hero and villain extraordinaire in the same breath. However, with Dr. KYN, it is not a mere retelling; it is a story that leads to introspection and re-examination of recorded history and mythology. It unifies history, mythology, and contemporary times in a surprisingly coherent manner, while also showing how human nature with its sublimity and baseness never changes.