- Paperback: 530 pages
- Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Private Limited (29 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789381576045
- ISBN-13: 978-9381576045
- ASIN: 9381576041
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.4 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 329 customer reviews
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Rise of Kali: Duryodhana's Mahabharata (Ajaya Book 2) Paperback – 29 Jul 2015
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The author in his own words: "I was born in a quaint little village called thripunithura, on the outskirts of cochin, kerala. Located east of mainland ernakulam, across vembanad lake, this village had the distinction of being the seat of the cochin royal family. However, it was once more famous for its hundred-odd temples, the various classical artists it produced, and its music school. I remember many an evening listening to the faint rhythm of chendas from the temples and the notes of the flute escaping over the rugged walls of the school of music. However, in recent times, gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of cochin have wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old world charm. The village has evolved into the usual, unremarkable, suburban hellhole, clones of which dot india. Growing up in a village with more temples than was necessary, it was little wonder that mythology fascinated me. Ironically, i was drawn to the anti-heroes. Life went on…i became an engineer, joined the indian oil corporation, moved to bangalore, married aparna, and welcomed my daughter ananya, and son, abhinav. But the voices of yore refused to be silenced. I felt impelled to narrate the stories of the vanquished and the dammed, and give life to those silent heroes we have overlooked in our uncritical acceptance of the conventional renderings of our epics.This is anand’s third book and follows the outstanding success of his #1 bestsellers, asura tale of the vanquished and ajaya book i, roll of the dice."
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It questions the well established beliefs of right and wrong...
All this might sound a bit more like non-fiction but it is not, it is an amazing fiction and an amazing conclusion to an amazing series...
The war scenes are described in a way that will make your heart race faster..
Karna-suryodhana-Aswathama-eklavya friendship was the best part of the book
Also the book leaves me a bit uneasy at the way few characters are portrayed but then this is a story and you are supposed to feel that way at the portrayal....
I enjoyed reading this...
Hope you enjoy it too....
Arjun, Krishna, Duryodhan,udhishtir, Eklavya,ashwathama,guru Dronacharya, Bhishma, Parshuram and Karna and many.even dhrutrashtra and shkuni and everybody's reasons and rationalization of it.
Only problem is it's narration which jumps from here and there. Hard to get complete continuity. It looks very biased at a time. Bit boring yet informative.
Some parts of the book touch upon the philosophy of Hinduism (Which is surprisingly very well researched!), while other parts go for an almost atheistic view of the Mahabharata. The main theme revolves around the caste system and how it was misinterpreted throughout the ages.
While some parts might seem like a never ending rant about caste-this and caste-that, the book offers a wonderful insight into the the mind of Dur(Su)yodhana. The characters are very memorable and there are quite a few action filled battle scenes as well.
Overall, this is a BRILLIANT, WELL-WRITTEN, WELL-RESEARCHED book.
I would definitely recommend this book to people of all age groups as this would keep you and your mind occupied for quiet sometime even after you are done reading the book.
It is not easy to pen down the words of the vanquished. It takes courage and wisdom to put forward such sensitive topics without possibly irking a conservative and rebellious country like ours! So proud to have read this book! A must must read!❤
Anand puts up a nice story to show that worse things can happen to people who are not that bad and the fables and lores can make or break a person.
One thing that I can say after reading both the books, that the clear demarcation between the right and wrong characters of Mahabharat is now blurred.
It's now no more about the right or wrong. It's more about the winner and the vanquished.
I suggest everyone should read this once in their lifetime to get an opportunity to see the greatest epic from another lens.
I think Anand has done an epic job. I can only imagine how he placed his perceptions to the original Mahabharat to bring out such a beautiful version of it.
You'll love and hate Anand at the same time for wiping out your inbuilt boundaries about right and wrong. You'll be a different person altogether.