But there are very few parvas @ the beginning - Sabha-parva is the second. But for each of the Kaurava commanders during the war, they had different Parvas, like Bheeshma-parva, Drona-parva, Karna-parva, Shalya-parva & Sauptika-parva. For Adi parva, one would have thought that there would be several parts to it - say Santanu-parva, Vichitravirya-parva, Pandu-parva, and then parvas for the time before the house of wax (say Dhritarashtra parva), an Indraprastha-parva, then the Sabha-parva & van-parva. But Adi-parva seems too broad, but after the Shalya-parva, Vyasa seems to get parva-happy and have one for the women lamenting, the Ashwamedha yagna, the fracticide in Dwaraka, etc. Doesn't seem even.
I asked in the Ramayan Doubts & Discussions thread similar questions about the way the chapters were split up. Here too, the first 3 didn't seem evenly done.
Edited by _Vrish_ - 23 July 2011 at 1:00pm