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Immortal Paperback – 4 Oct 2016
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About the Author
Krishna Udayasankar is the author of the Aryavarta Chronicles (Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra) and 3 – a novel based on the founding myth of Singapore. She is also the author of Objects of Affection, a full-length collection of prose-poems and a co-editor of Body Boundaries: the Etiquette Anthology of Women’s Writing. Her short fiction and poetry also feature in many print and online anthologies. Krishna holds an undergraduate degree in law and a PhD in strategic management. She lives in Singapore with her family, which includes three bookish canine children, Boozo, Zana and Maya, who are sometimes to be found at her laptop, trying to make her writing better.
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The tone of this book is somewhat different to the previous series, or even to the delightfully written '3.' Immortal is closer in its style to a modern caper-thrillers than to the mythohistory we know and love the writer for. This does not make it any less worthwhile though! Udayasankar's typical comfort with language, plot and characterisation comes out from the very first page of this novel and continues to the end. The protagonist is still an endearing figure, though there is much we would like to know of and from someone who has lived for thousands of years- and this does not come out completely (that's the only reason for 1 star less in my rating).
The suspense runs strong in this novel, and readers will enjoy having their guesses and suspicions either validated or refuted by the end. Readers will also enjoy how the protagonist's long life is intertwined with history and elements of popular culture. Ashwa, it turns out, has met key figures in history and even participated in more battles than the Great War we know of. He also likes Lagavulin. Those who have immersed themselves well in Aryavarta Chronicles might find the world-building in Immortal slightly short, but that makes sense if you understand that the tone of this novel is different. Moreover, Immortal has world-building of a different kind, evidenced in its allusions to historic events and the interweaving of the Nasadiya Sukta and the Vajra motifs of Indian mythology.
In conclusion, Immortal continues to cement Udayasankar's place as one of the most prominent Indian writers to follow (over and above many you-know-whos). And as a fan, if you imagine that she might come up with possible sequels or other tales set in similar universes, then you can finish Immortal well tantalised and await the next one.
Upon conclusion, I truly value this work of hers as I did the Govinda trilogy.
If you haven't met Prof . Bhardwaj , then meet him soon.
with great sincerity,
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