|Publisher:||Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd|
|No. of Pages:||456|
|Publish Date:||2013 /|
About the Book :
THE MAHABHARATA ENDURES AS THE GREAT EPIC OF INDIA. But while Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra; Ajaya is the narrative of the ‘unconquerable’ Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man.
At the heart of India’s most powerful empire, a revolution is brewing. Bhishma, the noble patriarch of Hastinapura, is struggling to maintain the unity of his empire. On the throne sits Dhritarashtra, the blind King, and his foreign-born Queen – Gandhari. In the shadow of the throne stands Kunti, the Dowager-Queen, burning with ambition to see her firstborn become the ruler, acknowledged by all.
And in the wings:
Amidst the chaos, Prince Suyodhana, heir of Hastinapura, stands tall, determined to claim his birthright and act according to his conscience. He is the maker of his own destiny – or so he believes. While in the corridors of the Hastinapura palace, a foreign Prince plots to destroy India. And the dice falls…
About the Author :
I WAS BORN IN A QUAINT little village called Thripoonithura, 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 more famous for its 100-odd temples, the various classical artists it produced, and its school of music. I remember many an evening listening to the faint rhythm of the chendas coming from the temples, and the notes of the flute escaping over the rugged walls of the music school. However, 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. My own 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. However, the voices of yore refused to be silenced in my mind. I felt impelled to narrate the stories of the vanquished and the damned; and give life to those silent heroes who have been overlooked in our uncritical acceptance of conventional renderings of our epics. This is Anands second book and follows the outstanding success of his national #1 bestseller, ASURA Tale Of The Vanquished (Platinum Press 2012). AJAYA Book II, Rise Of Kali, is due for release later in 2014.
|Title:||Ajaya- Epic Of The Kaurava Clan: Roll Of The Dice||Publisher:||Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd|
|No. of Pages:||456|
|Publish Date:||2013 /|
Being a late reader of Ajaya, the first question that came to mind was – Why should I specifically read this book, when there are same genre books and on similar subject? I remembered reading Meghnad Badh Kabya by Michael Madhusudan Dutta while in school. The Hindu citadel was taken by a storm when the poem was published in 1861.The Brahmin Samaj could not understand, why the poet, wrote a blasphemous poem praising Meghnad, son of Ravana and putting across Meghnad’s point of view. His citation about Meghnad was not a digression from actual text. He built up a case for Meghnad from the text of Ramayana, but even then, his creation was an attack on religious hornet’s nest. Has India travelled away from that era of 1861? Probably no, else Ramanujan and Wendy Doniger would not have been forced, to quit Indian Book Shelves. It is indeed courageous and a very hard work to work upon an established epic. Mahabharata is an epic, which has shaped India and have painted the complete human race in one canvass. I congratulate the writer for showing grit by attempting to pick a character which probably asked for a new look as a desperate Shylock had asked for in Merchant of Venice. The Author’s craft have achieved in giving a much-delayed justice that Duryodhana craved. The book is an excellent read, racy and compels you to finish in one go. Words hits like uncovered spears and makes you alive amidst the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Ajaya is a tale of Duryodhana. Ajaya places the perspective of Duryodhan ... it is his version. It is a tale that sees the ‘Epic Indian Land’ and it ‘Battle’ through Duryodhana’s eyes. Ajaya is a great attempt. But it has to be read after unwinding from all knowledge – small, big, half baked, full baked which an individual may have on the text of Mahabharata, only then can it be enjoyed fully. It is to be read neutrally after shedding religious clothes. Ajaya Book II is awaited ... to complete the reader’s journey. Happy Reading
I congratulate the author for his brave endeavor. What he has envisaged beyond the story of Mahabharata through the same story deserves this country’s applause!
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