- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: Leadstart; 1st edition (1 December 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9381576033
- ISBN-13: 978-9381576038
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 288 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After I read Anand Neelakantan's first book about the Asura leader Ravana's story, I was impressed.. The story of Ravana and his people really made me feel damn sympathetic towards the Asuran leader,,,, And the author does it again with Ajaya.... A Truly amazing rendition of the greatest Epic ever told (Now I feel sympathetic towards the Kauravas)... Ajaya is better than the author's previous book... Hopefully The Rise of Kali, the 2nd book in the Ajaya series will be released soon because I just cant wait any longer.. --Arvind Sreekumar on 30 Dec 2013
View the whole story in a different perception. I have read Asura too and was impressed by the way it was put across. --Sanjeev kumar M on ... 19 Dec 2013
If you love history and Anand Neelankatam.....Go for it. Hats of you Sir Anand for presenting views from armies who were defeated in our two epics(Mahabharata and Ramayana), no author had provided this kind of narration till date. --Amit on 18 Dec 2013
About the Author
About the Author: A dexterous writer and a cartoonist, Anand Neelkanthan started his career in writing with Asura: Tale of The Vanquished. His books have had big hits in the market and he has been named as one of the most popular writers in India. Ajaya: Book 1: Roll of The Dice (Epic of The Kaurava Clan) has not been an exception. Being brought up in a place full of temples and classical artists, Neelkanthan was interested in epics and myths from his childhood. Instead of blindly following the myths, he has created a new genre, of remaking and retelling, questioning and arguing. That is why he has become favourite to modern readers.
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The plot is excellent and the author has done justice to the vanquished side.The depth of his detailing of characters and its perspective is adorable. With a simple, clear and powerful presentation, Anand has been able to keep the book thrilling and aching for more.
The book helps in understanding the Mahabharata better and throws off the veil of Heroes and Villains and present the characters in a more human way. The divinity of characters is ripped off and they are presented as mere mortals. Even Lord Krishna is presented as a manipulator and someone who likes to play God. The book though revolves around the epic- Mahabharata,it derives hugely from the lesser known folklores and stories that are not part of the original epic.
The central philosophy of the book delves with the principles of Dharma, Adharma and Varna-the caste system.It sometimes even fits the ancient plot in the framework of current timeline, philosophy, ideas and politics.
The characters are given casteist shades to paint them Adharmic most probably to give voice and strength to the villains of the epic.
It seems this black-wash of central characters of Mahabharata was necessary to give voices to the vanquished. The fact that many of the stalwarts like Bhishma, Drona,Karna etc sided with the Kauravas and that unfair means were used for a fair objective is thought provoking.
However many of the original events within the epic has been ignored,modified and chiselled in such a way which doesn't justify some of the characters.Fictional events, fictional philosophy and facts which cannot be historically attributed has stolen the sheen off the very well written book.
The book raises valid questions through its characters, which throbs with life.The authors imagination is commendable as writing something which happened thousands of years and that too the voices of the vanquished from the Mahabharata is a marathon and uphill task.
Anand has been successful in resurrecting the dead villains and gave them voices to tell their side of the tale. After reading the book, a big question emanates from the mind.What is Dharma and What is Adharma. Who won the Mahabharata war.Was the war so necessary to decide the fate of Dharma and its advocates.Did the war help really to forge the spread the mantle of dharma.
At times, the book may also hurt the sentiments of the devout, when Lord Krishna is depicted as a manipulator who plays God to achieve his own objective and when the Pandavas are not allowed divine lineage and characterizing them in a offensive way. Of course it can be passed off as a necessity to pull down the aura of divinity but it also dilutes the Mahabharata. Perspectives should be looking at an event,person or fact from different angles rather than substituting it to create a suitable perspective.
A must read for those who are interested in religion,mythology, philosophy and all readers of the Mahabharata.
A five star rating.......enjoy reading !!!
**Roll of the Dice: Duryodhana's Mahabharata (Ajaya Book 1)* Rajesh Chandra ***
This is a brilliant book. There will be detractors to this one will be offended by the portrayal of Krishna (well this version does seem kind of true). But if you're interested in reading a thrilling drama about the war that shaped the future of India, then look no further
Amazon's service was also great, received the book on time!
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