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Evading the Shadows: A Fictional Spy Thriller Set During the Mahabharata Paperback – 15 Apr 2016
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Rajesh M. Iyer is a media professional and has written TV series and films, apart from having edited books and magazines. He is also the author of 'Nanha Natkhat: Tales of Little Krishna' and 'Valiant Warriors'. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, son and father.
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One won't put the book down till the last page is read.
Draupadis plight is so well written, Leaves one empathising her. Her predicament, constant helplessness and her being the prey to the ogling eyes evoke an immense sense of sympathy for her. May it be her answers to satya bama, the humiliation at the hands of dushasan nd keechak, her helplessness, and moreover the sentence that everyone invariably lives two simultaneous lives one for the external world another deep inside their hearts nd minds.
The story of the ghoul, the connection that it had with pandavs temporal mortality , brilliant. The book is just awesome. Leaves one teary eyed at many instances, especially the episode on the game of dice,disrobing of draupadi, her wail reaching Krishna, yudhishtir's hanging head in perpetual silence ,puzzling everyone ,questioning the definition of dharma.... Indeed great piece of literature with intricate details. Well researched narration. Especially the stream of consciousness used in certain places where the character speaks his mind allows the readers to view the story from different perspectives. The book is Highly informative and entertaining ..
I've read agyatavas as Chitrakatha in the child magazine Balarama and the stories were not unknown. But the way it is narrated, that style bags the stars. It is so racy and every page leaves the reader with 'what next' question though the story is well-known. Only thing is it was concluded rather ambigously. The strange formations in the sky can be explained more.
On the whole a nice weekend read.
The author might have taken some months to write the book, but I read cover to cover within 5 hours, so gripping it was! Just loved it and still feel I should read it again.
The drama and the pace matches with the original drama in Mahabharata. Mr. Iyer has interestingly blended the stories which are very well known and the regional versions, which are hardly known, (could have been very contradicting to the original story) into one fluid narrative.
The painful Draupadi vastraharan (which every known author has done injustice with) has been given a completely different and very welcoming ending. I really thank the author for how he has interpreted and present it. I believe every Indian must read at least this interpretation, it can change the mindsets.
Only a downside I see, is use of difficult words. Simpler alternatives could help the author get more fan following.
Cover must be changed!!!! and please add some bibliography to it, so we know this is really authentic and not just a creative expression.
Overall a good read but not a great one
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