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AJAYA : Epic of the Kaurava Clan -ROLL OF THE DICE (Book 1) (edició 2013)

de Anand Neelakantan (Autor)

Sèrie: Roll of the Dice (1)

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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: Parashurama, the enigmatic Guru of the powerful Southern Confederate, bides his time to take over and impose his will from mountains to ocean. Ekalavya, a young Nishada, yearns to break free of caste restrictions and become a warrior. Karna, son of a humble charioteer, travels to the South to study under the foremost Guru of the day and become the greatest archer in the land. Balarama, the charismatic leader of the Yadavas, dreams of building the perfect city by the sea and seeing his people prosperous and proud once more. Takshaka, guerilla leader of the Nagas, foments a revolution by the downtrodden as he lies in wait in the jungles of India, where survival is the only dharma. Jara, the beggar, and his blind dog Dharma, walk the dusty streets of India, witness to people and events far greater than they, as the Pandavas and the Kauravas confront their searing destinies. 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...… (més)
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Títol:AJAYA : Epic of the Kaurava Clan -ROLL OF THE DICE (Book 1)
Autors:Anand Neelakantan (Autor)
Informació:Platinum Press (2013), Edition: First, 456 pages
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Mahabharata is, arguably, the epic that has spawned the most number of adaptations, interpretations and whatnot... But, I have no complaints, as long as the storytelling is good. Ajaya is told from the Losers' point of view, which the author has made his signature style, so far.
As with Asura, he had turned the tables entirely by making the good characters evil and vice versa. The reasons and philosophy behind the actions of the characters have been given a 180 degree shift, which, though against what we have believed so far, is amusing...
But, in his effort to turn it entirely against the original, the author has made the story implausible in many places, which was the issue with his previous work as well.
Anyway, this book made for a good reading and I'm eager to read the sequel, which is sitting in my bookshelf, though after a break... ( )
  aravind_aar | Nov 21, 2021 |
This book has given new definition to Mahabharata where Duryodhan alias suyodhan is shown as a positive character where as Krishna in negative. There are many things mentioned in the books which are notable
1) In this book cast system shown in this book is to the depth, Author has tried to explain the situation as it was.
2) Special notable character Jara who is a fictional character created by author to make story readable
3) This is the first book on Mahabharata where Eklavya has a character to play even after he lost his thumb to drona as guru dakshina and that's fascinating
4) This is again for the first time all negative characters that we have seen in tele serials as well as books are shown in a positive note for eg jarasandha Krishna's uncle who is killed by Bhim and shishupala Krishna's nephew.
5) it's intriguing that Krishna the centre character of Mahabharata is shown negative and only one person sticked to its character that is Shakuni
6) This book makes me understand why Ganga Putra Bhishma does not interfere while they vastraharan of Draupadi.

Author has tried to depict each and every event in the book as in reality like the births of Pandavas in the book is shown as real son of Kunti without any Devine intervention rather by Brahmins. There is one part author has changed that is rajasuya of yudhistra where shishupala is killed in front of Duryodhan and his friends as well as Bhishma and drona but in this book it happens in their absence that's little different and the killing of jarasandha is also little short which is not that clear.

Reading this book is one thing for sure you will get many surprise related to the character as well as the story. overall the book is good Goodread ( )
  ShriVenne | May 14, 2020 |
I don't know where to start from. I have never been more disappointed by a book ( not to mention I have dared to read Asura too). From start one can understand its written for attention. To destroy history. No doubt suyodhana wasn't as bad as we have made him out. But to completely change the scriptures just to sell a book is disgusting ( )
  handamanuy2k | Mar 13, 2020 |
An interesting retelling of the first portion of the Mahabharata, which changes the villainous Duryodhana into the true hero of the epic.
  seschanfield | Mar 7, 2016 |
Ever since I learnt about this book while doing some research, I badly wanted to read it. Luck smiled upon me when the writer himself mailed a copy of this book to my co-bloggger for review.

As the title suggests, this book is the book of the underdog - Mahabharata, from "ajaya's" or Suyodhana's (As the writer prefers to call his protagonist who is otherwise known as "Dhuryodhana") perspective. Suyodhana is portrayed as a kind hearted and naive fool who listens to his heart over his mind. To someone who grew up listening to Mahabharata from a learned scholar who has done extensive research in prose and poetry in Tamil language - My grandfather, reading this book is nothing short of blasphemy. I can almost imagine him writhing and turning in his grave for such was the narration. In fact, the narration consumed me so much that I began doubting if I really knew Mahabharata and if Suyodhana was just another human with normal shades of grey that all humans posses.

I truly appreciate the nerve of the writer in portraying Lord Krishna as a devil of sorts or an anti-hero consumed by sense of caste discrimination. I wonder how the writer managed to escape the wrath of folks from ISCKON, the organisation dedicated to propagate Lord Krishna's teaching. I do understand the book is a work of fiction, merely a narration from Suyodhana's perspective who would obviously consider Lord Krishna as an evil plotter mastermind who drove the Pandava's victory.

The writer has apparently intends to question the very definition of "Dharma". This concept might sound familiar to readers' who have read Amish Tripati's Shiva Trilogy wherein Amish tries to question the very definition of "Evil". Lets just say this writer wasn't as successful as Amish was for me. But again Ajay has a second part that hasn't been published. Hence I simply hope the writer would do a better job in convincing readers about the concept of "Dharma" from Suyodhana's perspective.

I do agree with my friend Dhivya's Review of Ajaya, wherein she states this writer has committed the same blunder as original narrator of Mahabharata - the mistake of glorifying their protagonist.This writer has simply glorified Suyodhana to an extent that even people who hate him (People like me) would start loving him.

But then, is it even possible to narrate Mahabharata without picking sides?
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  bookandink | Aug 19, 2015 |
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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: Parashurama, the enigmatic Guru of the powerful Southern Confederate, bides his time to take over and impose his will from mountains to ocean. Ekalavya, a young Nishada, yearns to break free of caste restrictions and become a warrior. Karna, son of a humble charioteer, travels to the South to study under the foremost Guru of the day and become the greatest archer in the land. Balarama, the charismatic leader of the Yadavas, dreams of building the perfect city by the sea and seeing his people prosperous and proud once more. Takshaka, guerilla leader of the Nagas, foments a revolution by the downtrodden as he lies in wait in the jungles of India, where survival is the only dharma. Jara, the beggar, and his blind dog Dharma, walk the dusty streets of India, witness to people and events far greater than they, as the Pandavas and the Kauravas confront their searing destinies. 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...

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