This review is up only for the author, because every author needs to be applauded for writing such a well researched and entertaining book. who has written an amazing book called Asura prior to this one. I am yet to read Asura but I have heard nothing but good things about the book. This is my last review for Leadstart Publishing because of their lack of decency when it comes to handling bloggers, disappointed and thoroughly enraged. My review has nothing to do with my interaction with the Publishing house.
Much has been written about Mahabharata, be it the Palace of Illusion or Arjuna but it is one epic which has captured the Indian imagination so much so that it has been analysed and retold multiple times. What makes this book stand out is that it is being told from the point of view of the Kauravas the defeated princes hence gives you a perspective that we did not have before.
Beautifully written and totally unputdownable, this book will find place on my mantelpiece of my much loved books. It is so easy to hate the Kauravas for their spiteful and contemptuous plotting against the Pandavas but not many have it in them to view it from the angle of the Kauravas who too have lost a lot in life and have gone in history as much hated characters. For a change we see the so called ‘good’ in a whole new light; Yudhisthira was portrayed as incompetent and Krishna as a conniving person.
Ajaya portrays how the Pandavas brought the war on themselves and how Kauravas were always sentenced to be hated for generations altogether without mercy. People read how Pandavas are wrong and never how brave and worthy Kauravas were. This has been a wonderfully entertaining read which brought me back to wanting to read Asura. I will just go back and buy the book for myself because a writer like Anand Neelakantan has so much to offer to the readers.
Pick this book up for it is a delightfully engaging book on Indian Mythological fiction you will ever come across, totally worth a buy.