- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing (22 March 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8175994371
- ISBN-13: 978-8175994379
- Package Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.2 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Boy from Pataliputra Paperback – 22 Mar 2017
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Rahul Mitra grew up in Delhi and is currently working as an it Marketing Professional with a multinational company in Mumbai. Passionately interested in all things Indian, Rahul is vociferous in his opinions about India, its people and its culture. Like many others before him, he believes he can change the world and influence people though his writing.
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One thing that really impressed me was the amount of research not only about history and society but about things like sword fighting, horse riding and battles etc. I loved the scenes where Aditya is learning sword fighting and preparing for the horse race. I also loved the characters of Charaka, Pandi, Philotas, Rishabha and Radha. It was a fun book to read.
Another thing I loved was that though the novel is set in the past, it seems to be talking about issues of today. I think the author has definitely alluded to some eminent personalities of today in a few places. Overall, I would say this is one of the best books I have read in some time.
The book takes you to the 4th century BCE and specifically deal with the events related to Alexandra’s invasion of India. However, the book is not about the renowned historical personalities of that time. While readers find mentions of well-known historical figures like Chandragupta, Chanakya, Charaka and Alexandra, this book is not about them. The author has created his own characters and placed them in this prominent time period.
The main protagonist of this novel is Aditya, who is living a peaceful life with his elder brother Ajeet in Pataliputra (capital of Magadha). Ajeet somehow gets entangled in a web of political conspiracy and losses his life. This leaves Aditya heartbroken and he pledges to take revenge. Circumstances, though, also make Aditya a criminal in the eyes of law. One of Ajeet’s friends helps Aditya to escape from Pataliputra. He manages to reach the city of Takshashila. The story moves to Takshashila and we see a transformation in Aditya’s personality. In Takshashila, he starts as a porter but gradually achieves a higher position in the society. From being an irresponsible and carefree aristocrat in Pataliputra, he becomes a man with purpose in Takshashila.
The book is filled with a number of other interesting characters. Though most of these have been sketched well, some could have been developed further. The author has done a brilliant job of mingling historical facts with fiction. Readers slowly but surely become comfortable with the time period the book under review is dealing with. The book deals with different aspects of daily life of this time period and, in this way, creates an authentic backdrop for this novel. This shows that the author has done good research and tried to achieve as much historical accuracy as much he could. At the same time, the book is not just a dumping of historical facts here and there. On the other hand, it is a fast-paced historical thriller and is impossible to put down once you start reading it. There is almost everything that a well-written thriller should have.
The book contains well-illustrated maps in the beginning and comprehensive notes at the end. The inclusion of these enhances the quality of the book. The cover also looks effective. The editing, on the other hand, could have been better. The book appears to be the first part of a trilogy. However, nowhere on the cover, we find the mention of the same. This, according to me, should have been indicated on the cover page.
Overall, this is a book that I enjoyed reading and will confidently recommend to all.
Protagonist is like any common man who has caught in between many priorities like career, revenge, love and ideology. Its very entertaining to see author has placed refined and gradual twists which, proves every anticipation of reader wrong about protagonist’s character.
Book is puffed with slightly different flavor of Indian nationalism which is less jingoistic and more rational in nature. There are indirect references to contemporary characters like Rahul Gandhi to enhance element of humor :)
Author has churned out very detailed and thrilling war sequences which guarantees vicarious journey into the battle fields of 4th century BC.
Entire book is written in a simple yet entertaining manner which will be palatable to wider range of readers. Waiting for sequel !
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