1984 Malayalam novel by Indian author M. Vasudevan Nair, widely credited as his masterpiece. The work won the Vayalar Award, given for the best randamoozham malayalam novel pdf free download work in Malayalam, in 1985.
It also won the Muttathu Varkey Award in 1994. The novel has been translated to multiple languages.
It was translated into English as Second Turn in 1997. Another English translation by Gita Krishnankutty published in 2013 is titled Bhima: Lone Warrior.
The novel is a retelling of the Indian epic Mahabharata from the perspective of Bhima, the second Pandava. The story deviates from the traditional Mahabharata story as it avoids the divine elements of the ancient epic and re-represent the characters and events realistically.
One of the reasons critics cite for the novel’s cult following is its revisionism, that was a first time in Malayalam literature. The book was translated to Tamil by Kurunjivelan as “Irandaam Idam” with cover illustration by Trotsky Marudu. 155 million and the most expensive non-English-language film. The story begins with the incident of Mahaprasthanika Parva where the Pandavas leave for the pilgrimage to Himalayas forsaking all the worldly possessions.