- Paperback: 472 pages
- Publisher: Hachette India Local; Latest edition (15 August 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9350097524
- ISBN-13: 978-9350097526
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1: Govinda Paperback – 15 Aug 2013
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There has to be a law against writing and releasing books in parts - it is sheer torture to be kept waiting for the next one! The Aryavarta Chronicles is a refreshing retelling of the Mahabharata or rather the part of the Mahabharata that is connected with Krishna. Unlike the stuff dished out by the likes of Ashok Banker, this retelling has its basis in what can best be described as non-mainstream versions of the Mahabharata - stuff that we might have never otherwise read. Krishna Udayasankar is to be thanked for the obvious work of love here (and should be tortured and jailed for keeping the readers waiting for part II); may his tribe live long and prosper well. Quite obviously I am now a great fan of his. --Valmiki Nayak on Oct 21, 2012
Having been a huge fan of the new wave of mythological retelling, I had been looking forward to the release of " The Aryavarta Chronicles ". The author should be commended, first off, in even thinking of tackling an epic the stature of "The Mahabharata". The epic has been etched in our memories with the excellent TV series and the millions of comic and graphic renditions. I was frankly, not looking for it, to hit the levels of "Jaya" by Devdutt Patnaik (a personal favorite in terms of Mahabharat based stories), but I was expecting something riveting, knowing that it was to be from Lord Krishna's view. --Aneen Suresh on Sep 20, 2012
I read the book. I have read other books too. Finally, some class in writing from an Indian in the recent times. Fiction not Fiction. True Not true. Maybe, maybe not. But the book is unput downable. A great job done in stripping the frills (aka myth/divinity/whatever from the epic) and presenting the facts chronologically with a touch of politics at every page. Sweet. A story like Mahabarata has enough and more room for the narration to lose focus. The authoress has done a commendable job of not venturing astray and sticking to the main character Govinda till the end. --Eashwar R on Mar 20, 2013
About the Author
About the Author: Krishna Udayasankar is a graduate of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore and holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Nanyang Business School, Singapore, where she presently works as a lecturer. Krishna Udayasankar published her first book The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1: Govinda in 2012 and upon its success has written two other books for the Aryavarta Chronicles series and many other well acclaimed books.
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1. Well developed characters. Too often you read books by first time authors which have good ideas and story lines bu are let down by weak characterisation. Not so with The Aryavarta Chronicles.
2. Skillfully written in terms of language used and command over the narrative. Again, often a problem with first time authors is that the language feels immature, inadequate even crude at times. Krishna comes across as a mature author in this respect.
The series is not for those who are not open to having their view of history (specifically the Mahabharat) challenged as Krishna's portrayals vary from confirming or being very divergent from the conventional portrayals of the characters in Mahabharat. This is appealing for readers like me who would enjoy looking at a story which is probably the most popular mythological story across India from a different perspective rather than the story and characters remaining the same but just a re-telling being done in a different style.
I dont recommend.
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