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The Indus Challenge Paperback – Import, 12 Dec 2016
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About the Author
R. Durgadoss (his associates call him Dr DD) is an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, writer and coach. He holds a PhD in Corporate Finance. He has a career spanning more than three decades with leading multinational institutions of high repute.
He has a deep-rooted passion for Indian mythology, history and philosophy. Since his childhood he has been able to attract a number of followers with his mesmerizing storytelling abilities. Wherever history is a mystery, he fills gaps with his creative spin.
Having held his audience spellbound with powerful storytelling during his lectures in international forums, he thought it was time to focus on a series of fiction in the historical/mythological genre. The Indus Challenge is the second book in this series.
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The story took a while initially to pick up but after a few pages the read was smooth. The plot is interesting which includes elements of history with mythology along with a blend of twists and turns woven beautifully in the story. However, the description sometimes felt a little monotonous as most of the story has been narrated in the form of conversations between two characters.
The main characters have been developed well. However, the author could have devoted some more pages to develop the other characters.
The language is simple and easy to follow and one doesn’t need a dictionary to read the book.
The cover of the book is gorgeous and grabs the attention of the readers with its first look. The title is also apt considering the storyline.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and recommend it to those who like to read historical and mythological fiction.
When the title of a book is "The Indus Challenge' how can a mythological lover like me not pick it up? One cannot help but stare at the image of the book, wondering how much a war will influence the characters in this one. None of us are ignorant to the bloody times of the Mahabharata Period, where every character seemed to be born to play a role in the war.
The young lad who set an example of determination:
We have heard about Abhimanyu's spearing through the Chakravyuh but none of us can ever imagine how a chakravuyuh looked like.
Dr. Durgadoss showed it to us. By an illustration which is like a maze- a very difficult one at that. I even tried to trace lines to reach the ends of the maze. It's not easy. One must see the diagram to see what I am talking about. It made me close the book and think about the young lad who knew how to enter this "chakra" and entered it knowing well that he might not be able to come out of it. Our ancestors had guts, no doubt about that.
The Bold and the Beautiful
One story that fascinated me was that of Rudra and Swastika. His bravery and her boldness were complimenting each other. And I had never heard of this story before. Reading a modern day mythology is like hearing stories from the past in a new packaging. But Dr. Durgadoss has brought in new anecdotes which are very interesting. I suppose watching the serial Chandra Nandini made me visualize it more. Hailing from the land of the Mauryans, I was always fascinated by Chandragupta's story. He was my first historical love affair anyway.
But it has been always been from the Royal's POV. This was the first time I was standing along with the characters outside the palace and watching history unfolding.
Swastika, even from poison we extract nectar, we wash and take back gold if it has fallen in filth, receive the highest knowledge from a lowborn person; so also is a girl who possesses virtuous qualities, even if she is born in a disreputable family.
The author lets us travel across time using narratives and stories of the great men of those days. Many anecdotes surprised me. Draupadi asked to sleep with a horse - which she refused but instead put a bindi on the horse as a symbol of completion of the ritual. It was not her sleeping with the horse that surprised me - our ancient culture does not surprise me anymore. Sometimes I feel, symbolism has been twisted as the stories were mostly word of mouth. But what surprised me was the women of India - be it Draupadi or Swastika were bold and knew what they wanted. When Swastika's uncle wanted to marry her, he could have just forced her to marry but still, her consent was necessary. So when did women are the weaker sex syndrome start?
As mentioned above, we have many more philosophies and code of conducts discussed in this book. Some of them even surprised me to think they date back to such an extent. This is no doubt a very well researched book.
The language of the book:
The author has kept the tone of the book a bit archaic. It can be due to the subject, I don't know. It has a soothing quality - a narration, every mytho lover would love to go on and on. Some of you might find it a tad old fashioned but once you get used to it, believe me, this book is something one must read to get a glimpse of our ancient culture, where science, art, politics, and economics were not mere subjects, but a way of life.
I enjoyed reading this book. I think the story of Rudra is very well placed - for it captures a reader's attention from the start. In fact, I hated it when the author diverted from this story. A must read for all historical and mythological lovers.
Indus challenge is about Rudra, a general in the army of Chandragupta and a disciple of Chanakya. The author briefly describes his modern incarnation and flashes back to his first life in the times of Mahabharata before he was born again. The author's knowledge of history is impressive as does his ease in fitting the story together.
However, it is the structure of the novel that is a huge put off. Most of the story is narrated as a conversation between two characters. The approach hampered the general ease of reading and experience of suspense that comes with the third person narrative. The POV which is a crucial element of a novel is largely unused when a great adventure is discussed in hindsight. There was another long exposition of Ashvatthama which completely ignored the protagonist Rudra for a long couple of chapters. As a result, the narration suffered from too much history and too less story. I blame the editors for the faulty structure that failed the book.
Read the book if your interest in history sustains and prevails over the thirst for storytelling.
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The book was full of details, stories and suspense. It really lived up to the expectations if one forgets the long and boring narrations by different...Read more