From "Myths of India,: The Mahabharata. Part 1".
But why should modern readers, living in the West and eons away from India both in terms of mileage and mentality, want to read a book written centuries ago? What could such a book possibly have to say to them? Why should they pick it up, if there was no previous particular interest in India or its culture?
To this I say: because the story is timeless, and speaks to a dimension of the human spirit that is equally timeless, and behind the action lie themes that are as much a part of the human situation today as they were those 50 centuries ago in a far-off land. Values, that we cherish as much today as did the mythical heroes of this grand story: loyalty, friendship, truth, love, bravery. The "character flaws that drive the action in this story are as much alive today as they were: greed, envy, jealousy, lust, covetousness, betrayal, addiction...
It is a story larger than life, and as relevant to modern day America or Europe as to ancient -- or for that matter modern -- India.
If you have the time, watch the video below. The whole documentary series can be watched on this site:
Myths of India: The Mahabharata