M.T.Vasudevan Nair (or M.T. as he is lovingly known to us Malayalees), a doyen in the field of Malayalam literature and a trendsetting scriptwriter for Malayalam movies, has penned this wonderful novel: the Mahabharatha epic seen through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers. M.T. is known for his portrayal of the unsung hero, both in literature and movies. Most of his protagonists are vehicles for the frustrations he suffered as a young man, and Bhima is no different. Always destined to be second (or take the "Second Turn" - "Randam Oozham" in Malayalam - which incidentally gives the novel its title) to his weak elder brother Yudhishtira in seniority and younger brother Arjuna in fame and popularity, Bhima is not given his due as the main architect of the Pandava victory over their cousins Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war.
Though M.T. twists the story to his own ends in many places (he takes a lot of poetic license with epics and legends), the dreamily poetic language and the heartfelt angst of Bhima makes this an exemplary work of fiction. You can get lost in the beauty of the Malayalam language; but then, that is the characteristic of most of M.T.'s works.