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Claim to the Hastinapura throne the Kaurava Crown Prince Suyodhana rises to challenge Krishna As great minds debate dharma and adharma power hungry men prepare for an apocalyptic war The women highborn and humble helplessly watch the unfolding disaster with deep foreboding And greedy merchants and unscrupulous priests lie in wait like vultures Both sides know that beyond the agony and carnage the winner will take all But even as gods conspire and men’s destinies unfold a far greater truth awaits One of the six most remarkable writers of India DNA An Amazing read The WEEK Uniue voice of a rebellious author telling the story from the other side a feat a few have dared or managed so well Bihar Time. I received a signed copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads The views expressed here are my own and unbiased3 starsThe blurb sounded so promisingThe author has turned such a great epic into a horrid RetellingThe story started with Draupadi being dragged from her chambers to the sabha where the unspeakable cheerharan takes place And the events directly leading after that Minor characters like Ashwathama are given importance We get to see Gandhar and their culture which has escaped from the real mahabharata mythology Dear old Karna always held a soft spot in my heart Though reading Duryodhana s Mahabharata didn t do justice to him as a character I know that Mahabharata is about taking the right path A battle between Dharma and Adharma But reading the story it was getting a bit drag that the word Dharma kept popping up every tenth sentence I am a huge fan of Indian Mythology but this book was just wasn t for me A BIG FAT NO NOI am sorry I really really really tried loving liking after a while bearing this book but naah I couldn t come to love it I felt the author was in hurry to finish the story because the ending didn t sit well with me And the line Ekalavya is called to make the ultimate sacrifice to uphold a woman s honour in the summary I think is uite misleading And another thing which caught my eye was I felt every women shown in this retelling is either oppressed or hysterical or just mentally subdued or shown as power hungry I mean c mon the whole time reading this book all I felt was Man Draupadi sounds like a mad hysterical women Not a pretty picture That is all I could think right now And probably I will recommend this book to only those people who are new to reading and have lot of time in their hand to actually get into the plot introduced by the author because sure as hell the author wasn t able to entice me into this story

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AJAYA RISE OF KALI Book 2

THE MAHABHARATA ENDURES AS THE GREAT EPIC OF INDIA While Jaya is the story of the Pandavas told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra Ajaya is the tale of the Kauravas who were decimated to the last man From the pen of the author who gave voice to Ravana in the national bestseller ASURA comes the riveting narrative which compels us to uestion the truth behind the Mahabharata THE DARK AGE OF KALI IS RISING and every man and woman must choose between duty and conscience honour and shame life and death o The Pandavas banished to the forest following the disastrous games of dice return to Hastinapura o Draupadi has vowed not to bind her hair till she washes it in the blood of the Kauravas. I have said it before and I will say it again It is always a refreshing experience to read Anand Neelakantan s books I have been waiting for this book for around 8 months now and the author has made this book worth the waitThe second instalment starts with Draupadi being summoned after the Pandavas have lost her in a game of dice Right from the first chapter the story continues its tandav throughout the book Do not misunderstand me when I say tandav I mean it as a compliment It is indeed havoc that is created through mere words on pages when Anand writes them He forces people to acknowledge that there are always two sides to a coin From the beginning of Roll of Dice the author ensured that we let go of all that we think we know about Mahabharata and start afresh to see the side of the story that no one tells the story of the KauravasWhile the stage was set and things started taking off in the first instalment Rise of Kali gives us an in depth look into all the characters that play a role Two people particularly stood out for me One of them was Karna while he did stand out in the original version with his diligence and loyalty here we get to see everything that he had gone through After reading his whole story his loyalty to Duryodhana and his resilience takes on a new level I admired Karna like no other in the story The other was that of Balarama While Krishna is widely known for his role in the Mahabharata Balarama felt humane and admirable in this version Also getting a look into Yuyutsu the only surviving Kaurava was an added attraction in the bookThe author maintains his comprehensive style of narration for most part I personally felt that there could be to the ending but then I am someone who is always looking for in a book The language continues to be striking complementing the author s uniue perspective on every character and relationship It was interesting engaging and entertaining

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O Karna must choose between loyalty and gratitude friend and Guru o Aswathama undertakes a perilous mission to the mountains of Gandhara in search of the Evil One o Kunti must decide between her firstborn and her other sons o Guru Drona has to stand with either his favourite disciple or his beloved son o Balarama having failed to convince his brother about the adharma of violence walks the streets of Bharatavarsha spreading the message of peace o Ekalavya is called to make the ultimate sacrifice to uphold a woman’s honour o Jara the beggar sings of Krishna’s love while his blind dog Dharma follows o Shakuni can almost see the realization of his dream to destroy India As the Pandavas stake their. Anand Neelakantan s book starts with what seems like an apology for exploring the alternate POV It talks about Hinduism openness to ideas debates and discussions and uotes Bhagavad Gita of all things to let us know the position of the author Iti te jnananam akhyatamguhyad guhyatram mayavimrisyaitad aseshenayathecchasi tatha kuruI have give you the most confidential of all knowledge Analyse it critically and act as per your wish and understanding The seuel to the impressive Ajaya is actually a let down since it almost faithfully follows Jaya except for places where the author steps out to show how badmisguided the Pandavas were Once the dice were cast at the court of Hastinapur it was difficult to make Suyodhana the righteous prince And so he is painted an emotional idealistic fool who is a bad administrator Not really the stance I would expect after the first bookThe stories of Karna and Ekalavya are somewhat newer Ekalavya is made out to be the Nishada incarnation of Shiva with many characters seeing the third eye including Krishna He is almost the only one who is not manipulated by the cunning of Shakuni except when he does get manipulated it is to his own end The story line of Samba and Lakshmana was horrific and a jolt Ashwathama s constant need for validation from Suyodhana leads him to deeds beyond his dharma So we have a Kshatriya Suta Brahmin and Nishada team up against the entire society to make it just and inclusive In the end the book only succeeds in villifying Krishna which is not new and retells the many stories from Mahabharata with no new novelty The concept of Dharma is subtle and there are books that have explored it much better Why wasn t the brilliant The difficulty of being good or Yuganta not part of the referencesI felt Suyodhana was let down by many characters in Mahabharata but the most regrettable one was that of this author author who set out to glorify his life It was almost as if he played it saferelatively by making it a zero sum game of no one being happy For someone who was open for an alternate POV the book lost it s way after part 1 But a good attempt nonetheless


10 thoughts on “AJAYA RISE OF KALI Book 2

  1. says:

    Video Review Link job by Anand Neelakantan Ajaya Roll of The Dice Part 1 Rise of Kali Part 2 is an epic written by Anand Neelakantan which shows Mahabharata from Duryodhana's point of view I was unjust and hasty when I have written review of part 1 but I will correct my review as I have completed both the parts I will re

  2. says:

    I have said it before and I will say it again It is always a refreshing experience to read Anand Neelakantan’s books I have been waiting for this book for around 8 months now and the author has made this book worth the waitThe second instalment starts with Draupadi being summoned after the Pandavas have lost her in a game of dice Right from

  3. says:

    I have always believed in the policy – if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at allSo when I did not uite like Amish’s Scion of IkshvakuI decided not to put down my reaction in words But Rise of Kali has actually disappointed me to a level that I am going to write a detailed review of it Firstly I would like to make it clear I am aware that I am nowhere near Amish’s or Anand Neel

  4. says:

    Anand Neelakantan's book starts with what seems like an apology for exploring the alternate POV It talks about Hinduism openness to ideas debates and discussions and uotes Bhagavad Gita of all things to let us know the position of the author Iti te jnananam akhyatamguhyad guhyatram mayavimrisyaitad aseshenayathecchasi tatha kuruI have give

  5. says:

    I have desperately waited for than a year to read the concluding part of Ajaya The author himself was extremely tight lipped about the release date and it has finally come almost a year after it was originally slated for release Considering all this anticipation there was no way the book actually would live up to what I

  6. says:

    The Rise of Kali raises the uestion why the history never considered the virtues of the vanuished? Suryodhana was the voice of a ca

  7. says:

    'Rise of Kali Duryodhana's Mahabharata' is the second book in the Ajaya series Aptly titled 'Ajaya' the series is

  8. says:

    I received a signed copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads The views expressed here are my own and unbiased3 starsT

  9. says:

    This book begins from the most infamous and the most poignant chapter of Mahabharata The dice game in which Pandavas' lose t

  10. says:

    i had already read ajaya I and was waiting for part II for a long time it does not fail to disappoint the book is

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