Dwaraka by Vengayil Kunhiraman Nayanar
1.The story is set in Dwaraka. It is in the form of a dream. Sri Martin James tells the narrator that Dwaraka is beneath the place where there ship is currently anchored. Listening to Barrister Menon’s description about his voyages, the narrator had gradually slipped off into a deep slumber and in that sleep he finds himself in Dwaraka, described in Mahabharata.
2.They had to lift the cable because they suddenly lost the telegraphic connection with Athens and were unable to send or receive any information. Concluding that there was some hitch somewhere, they took their ship backwards. There was no other way but to lift the cable from the water inorder to repair it.
4.The narrator of the story “Dwaraka” was on board the ship Himavan with Sri Martin James. Due to some hitch in connection, they were forced to lift the cable and roll it back into the ship. Unfortunately, the cable broke. Henceforth, they had no option but for someone to dive into the sea. On this occasion, Sri Martin James told the narrator that in the opinion of various oriental scholars, Dwaraka, described in Mahabharata could be located somewhere there.
6. Yes, there is a clear suggestion in the story of it being a dream.
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