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After Meluha it seems that young people with a Post - Grad degree and an ability to write are on a spree to pick up a mythological character and mold it into human form and write a battle around it.

What came as a shocker was the language, it was so casual, the conversation between two characters was so much like our day today convo,if you are writing for a particular era than make sure that dialect matches to that age. Cant write a detailed review as I had no strength and willingness to wrack my brain or time over this. View all 16 comments.

Jun 22, Sumeetha Manikandan rated it it was ok. I took me sometime to make up my mind about this book. And I have given it two stars only because I think the author has a strong command over her language and style of writing. The descriptive verses in this book brings forth the beautiful depiction of vedic India. The plot is intriguing but somehow it failed to capture my interest. The only thing that fascinated me in this book was Yudhistra's admission to Draupadi that Duryodhana and his brothers were probably the rightful heirs of Kuru empire I took me sometime to make up my mind about this book.

The only thing that fascinated me in this book was Yudhistra's admission to Draupadi that Duryodhana and his brothers were probably the rightful heirs of Kuru empire. This he admits because he knew that he and his brothers were no relation to Pandu as they were conceived through Niyoga. This could account for the complacent nature of Yudhistra and explain why he bowed down to his uncle's wishes all the time.

And it also explains why the majority of Kings in Aryavarta at that time, allied with Duryodhana against the Pandavas. Krishna wields the political baton trying to forge alliances and strengthen the arms of his cousins to counter Jarasandha's threat.

And I was shocked to read that Rukmini was kidnapped by Pradyumna.

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Wasn't Rukmini the wife of Krishna and Pradyumna her son. As far as I know, Krishna's dynasty is well documented in Bhagavatha Purana so much so that there is no confusion as to who his son, grandson or great grandson is for that matter. So why play around with it for no purpose? Overall I think you could give this a miss unless you are keen to read another fantasy read about Mahabharata. View all 5 comments. Feb 14, RustyJ rated it really liked it Shelves: The rating is 3.

What a refreshing read! Krishna Udayshankar has done a phenomenal job of demystifying the mythical heroes and villains and makes a fantastic attempt at getting to the 'why' of events rather than the 'what'.

A very readable retelling of the Mahabharata, in which every character, from Krishna to Draupadi to Yudhishthira are mortals, with very human motivations, drives and failings. The book is fast paced for a body of work with the immensity of the Mahabharata - in The rating is 3. The book is fast paced for a body of work with the immensity of the Mahabharata - in one single volume, the author covers the time right upto the conclusion of the Rajasuya Yagya. In order to give a contemporary meaning and relevance, the author has taken certain liberties and resorted to interpretations that at times seem a bit far fetched.

They seem far fetched not due to the 'leap of faith' or 'leap of interpretation', but simply because certain events and certain view of events of the Mahabharata are so firmly entrenched in our minds that to overcome them is a challenge. Nevertheless, all credit to the author for stretching our thinking to a different direction. That is the biggest achievement of the book and its greatest undoing as well.

For, to develop the characters of so many people with complex persona and do justice to it, to bring in a change of perspective in all of the characters and at the same time packing in multitude of events spread across several locations happening simultaneously, is a tad too much. Credit mush be given to the author for even attempting it. However, I do wish the author had not tried to pack in so much into one volume - why restrict the series to three volumes?

The current work seems like a rushed job - you want more of it. The author has introduced several exciting and interesting ideas, but seems to be in a hurry to get to the next one. The characters could have been delved into in greater depth and detail, events described and analysed in more pages Maybe if the author had given it a few more months, it would have turned out to be far better than the already very good read that it is. In conclusion, I like the book, the ideas and the perspectives and look forward to picking up the next in the series.

May 17, Murali Neelakantan rated it it was amazing. It is not often that an author is brave enough to take on one of the most well known mythological and religious texts for her debut novel but, knowing her, albeit in another life a long time ago, one would expect no less from Krishna.

Most of what one reads as the Mahabharata is a collection of a simplistic "good prevails over evil" stories that is probably meant for children. Krishna does exceptionally well to make it interesting for those who know the stereotypes but yearn for someone to conne It is not often that an author is brave enough to take on one of the most well known mythological and religious texts for her debut novel but, knowing her, albeit in another life a long time ago, one would expect no less from Krishna.

Krishna does exceptionally well to make it interesting for those who know the stereotypes but yearn for someone to connect all the stories. The idea of a work of fiction based on existing works of faith and mythology is always a challenge when stereotypes built over centuries become sacred cows and any attempt at a different perspective risks being termed blasphemous.

In many ways her novel is so much like Bhimsen where the various characters of the mythology have complex personalities, showing up the simplistic uni - dimensional personalities which only work in the separate stories of the Mahabharata. With more aspects to the personality of the various characters which she builds so exquisitely, she is able to weave a wonderful story, when many of the others have just been collections of incidents about central characters involved in the Mahabharata.

I started reading the book expecting it to be a work of fiction based on the various stories surrounding the Mahabharata. Having read some of the works that she has used in her research, one cannot but be impressed by how she has assimilated so much research while at the same time not for a moment looking like the novel was just a mere re-mix of old tunes.

When I read the author's note at the beginning and her note on sources and methods at the end, I was not sure if this was a debutant seeking approval of her work and methods or if in some way, by presenting her hypothesis and research she expected this work to be an interpretation of the Mahabharata to impress the academics. Perhaps when she reads Amitav Ghosh, who did not impress me with a similar approach in Imam and the Indian, she will realise that an author needs to allow the readers to appreciate the work for what the end product is, not for the list of ingredients or the recipe, which the discerning ones will like to discover for themselves.

I do hope that she has more time and editorial resources to iron out the Indian English and have it proof read a few more times. Perhaps I am what many call, anal, but I cannot help wincing when I read "revert back" and "involuntary shiver". I didn't understand the use of Syoddhan and Vasusena as replacements for the more popular Duryodhana and Karna. Just this would not be sufficient for her to be able to defend any charge that she was rewriting a religious text.

She has set herself quite a challenge by promising us the second and third books of The Aryavarta Chronicles, which will keep many of us anxious for some time now while we still digest this wonderful feast that she has just served up. Jul 16, Chitra rated it liked it Shelves: World building: The author has done a great job with the world building. You could picture most of the landscapes and situations she wrote about and you gain a clear view of the palaces, grounds and the geography.

It is our own world but where the Kuru clan have the misogynistic views of Manu and his script not sure which time Manu is from. Women in India are akin to cattle and this is showcased brilliantly. The die hard fans of the Mahabaratham might get annoyed at the change in characterisations but this was a very refreshing aspect for me. In fact, it was my favourite thing about this book. Panchali Draupathi is a feminist but not in the true sense of the term. This is where the author showcases her wonderful command over the language and just how much better she is when compared to other writers who are trying to make it big by riding the mythology wave.

I hope she writes non mythology soon. Not to mention that the sheer number of events and characters made me lose track.

So I was left utterly bewildered as to what was going on. It was also dialogue heavy and if we cut out the unnecessary dialogues it would have been a good pages thinner. Please note that there are many changes in this book so if you are one who likes sticking to one version of a story, you may want to know this.

I was just looking for a light enjoyable mythology read and this was too dense and heavy for me. Three stars for merits, not based on my enjoyment. View 2 comments.

Mar 06, Avinash K rated it liked it Shelves: Great premise. Very poor story telling. Hopefully the next one will be better. Sep 18, Swagat rated it it was amazing. An excellent read. I have read all the volumes of "Krishnavatara" by K. So the idea of Mahabharata as a story of extraordinary humans who had no superpowers was not new to me. What was new in "Govinda" is Mahabharata as a story of people all of whom have personalities which fall into grey or black except I think Suka, Vyasa's son and the intrigue in the political plots and plans behind the well known wars and conflicts.

The book gives a different perspective, and there's no way to deci An excellent read. The book gives a different perspective, and there's no way to decide if it's true or not. I previously mentioned the author of Krishnavatara as C. It was actually K. Aug 27, Mihir rated it it was amazing. I have been a fan of history and mythology as long as I can remember, plus being born in India led to me being exposed to a whole host of stories based on history and mythology.

For most SFF readers in the subcontinent, their fascination begins when their grandmothers tell them about the Ramayana or the Mahabharata or both. These two epics are the cultural and mythological foundation in India as they deal with magic, heroes, destiny and lots of other things.

For me, the Mahabharata always held a special fascination as it had a vast character cast and shades of grey to almost all of them. My first exposure to this mega story came via the Amar Chitra Katha comic books, then as I read the C. Rajagopalchari version and finally culminating into the canon version by Kisari Mohan Ganguli. Through out these versions, the complexity never dimmed but kept on growing and made the story even more enticing.

I also was able to read further volumes that explored the story via various characters or different aspects of the tale itself like Yuganta by Iravati Karve, Mrityunjay by Shivaji Sawant, Yajnaseni by Pratibha Ray, Yugandhar by Shivaji Sawant, The Mahabharata: Bhyrappa etc. So when I came across this new debut, I was intrigued simply by its blurb and wanted to see where it would stand among the aforementioned gems that I have previously read.

The story begins in the past and introduces a land that is slowly decaying from within. We are told about the machinations of the order of Firewrights that has lead to the ruination of the Matsya kingdom.

There has been a decades long conflict going on between the Firewrights and the order of the Firstborn, a priestly order that has been leading various nations in matters of theology, politics and social structure. These two orders have been at loggerheads for reasons divulged in the book but that has also lead to various kingdoms arrayed differently in either support or against the Firewrights. However in the recent past things have take a drastically bad turn for the Firewrights and many of their members are dead.

Govinda is one of the crown princes of the Vrishini clan and of the Yadu kingdom while also being considered by many to be an enigma. He has led his people from their origins in Mathura to a new city called Dwarka on the Western boundary of Aryavarta. His enmity with Jarasandha, the Magadhan emperor has also complicated the political landscape and he needs to find newer allies to strengthen his own position as well.

Panchali is the princess of the Panchala kingdom who are a force to reckon with and her marriage will further complicate relations between neighboring kingdoms. The Kuru kingdom have their own problems as two groups of princes are looking to mark their own destiny. The Kuru princes are lead by Syyodhan who is a fair person. The Pandava princes are lead by Dharma who considers himself to be a sagacious leader.

There are many more characters that play further important roles and should be discovered by the readers. This book takes the bones of the Mahabharata saga and then weaves it away from its magical, divine entity roots and makes it out to be a socio-political saga that makes this debut book very interesting and even so for those like myself who have a good idea about what to expect.

Its a retelling of the Mahabharata but stripping it away from all its Gods, Magic and poetry.

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This is a story purely focused on the socio-political structure of the land and the characters that are presented as human beings with agendas of their own. This was the first terrific thing about the novel that it does away completely with the divinity of the characters and makes out to be real human beings, who are as confused, conflicted and complex as the rest of us.

This allows for newer turns in the story and also for the author to explore character relationships in a manner not seen by the readers before. The characters that get a POV in this book are most of the famous ones however the author presents a newer side of their relationships.

She however does it smoothly whilst being careful so as to not seem to be info-dumping. The world settings as well as the political structure are very effectively described for the readers to understand the why and what about the land. Since this story is focused on the socio-political structure of Aryavarta, this description was a very important component of the story and makes the ongoing conflict a bit easier to understand.

The characterization is also another plus point as the author presents a complex story with a multi-POV structure and with many characters vastly different from those presented in the original texts. The story takes quite some twists as the character relationships are again markedly different than those presented in the canon version of the story. This twist to the story was again a calculated one that makes the reader to be engrossed by the happenings within the story.

There's also a curious naming pattern to all the characters and one that I hope the author will clarify in her forthcoming FBC interview.

I think this book will be a good surprise to most readers however for those looking for an interpretation closer to the canonical story might not find it here and might be disappointed. I thought this to be the strongpoint for the book but it all depends on the perspective of each reader. There's also the massive character cast and with a character appendix not provided, it might not be easy for readers to remember them all without a moment's hesitation.

This book completely blew me away. I consider myself to be well acquainted with the Mahabharata as I have read the original work as well as the other books about it such as Mrityunjay, Parva, Yajnaseni, and those by C. Rajagopalachari, C. Divakaruni, etc. Yet I was completely enthralled by the story, as I was constantly kept a bit askew by the story's turns and twists.

This is a complex retelling of a terrific story and is very much recommended for all readers who want something different from the usual pseudo-European fantasy fare. On a sidenote this book also fits perfectly with "Non-European Fantasy by Women" list as well. The Mahabharata is said to be an Ocean of stories, which is ever expanding, Krishna Udayasankar has just added a huge dollop to it that enriches the complexity of the story even more.

Nov 25, Megha rated it it was ok Shelves: Had the book not been based on the 'Mahabharata', I would have really liked it. But where Krishna author failed is mixing mythology with the fantasy. There are many absurd instances in the book that is quite not digestible and contradicting 'Mahabharata'.

Though I was very happy when I read the book cover page, I regretted it the moment I started reading it. Not going for book 2 and 3. Hugely disappointed. View 1 comment. Sep 19, Dilip Varma rated it it was ok. An attempt at re-telling the Mahabharata story. A bit dragging and over fictitious. Tough to rate it high if you have read M. T or Iravati Karve. Nov 19, VaultOfBooks rated it really liked it. By Krishna Udayashankar. Aryavarta Chronicles 1. A —Reviewed by Anuj Sharma — At the young and naive age of six, my grandmother got me married.

Yes, a child marriage, and since then the Mahabharata has been my better half. Most of my basic understanding of Indian mythology came from reading the Amar Chitra Katha as a kid, and eventually it exposed me to whole world of stories based on history and mythology and evoke my innate love for them. The Mahabharata, the second major Sanskrit Epic of ancient India the other being the Ramayana is a complex book to read, and so, naturally, it is one of my favourites.

This book comes with a big question attached as a tagline: Would she deliver? Govinda by Krishna Udayasankar But who holds the key to the fantastic and startling knowledge of the Firewrights, which in the wrong hands will bring doom upon the empire? It opens with a conquest of a princess in a parched landscape in an underlying tone of writing that is perfected to the minutest detail.

Udayshankar has employed excellent literary devices and umpteen characters in her novel that makes it a bit bulky and slows the pace but in a scholarly manner. With her bold and enticing writing, Udayshankar has managed to bind all the characters in her story in a way that makes it clear, easy and special. It is swiftly revealed how character has an important part to play. We are introduced to the Firstborn Dynasty of scholar-sagas who are descendents of Vasishta Varuni and protector of the Divine Order on the Earth.

They rule and control functioning of the planet. However, after centuries-long conflict, they are dethroned by the Firewrights, who are an ancient order of artillery scientists and inventors. This consequence relation leads to falling apart of the once united empire of Aryavarta.

The plot grew more gory when the last secret keeper of the Firewrights gets killed by a violent hand. This makes the rivalry and fighting between the Firewrights and the Firstborn dynasty take some bitter turns. Govinda Shuri, a cowherd turned prince and Commander of the armies of Dwarka — and is a master of strategy, statecraft, tactics — plots a sharp political plan which takes a political milegae by aligning with Pandava Pandava in turn are denied throne of Hastinapur by Dhuryodhana on extremely untenable ground that their father Pandu was an impotent against his arch-enemy Jarasandh who is politically aligned to Dhuryodhana.

Govinda is not a mainstream version of the epic tale; the main characters in the book are not divine. They are mythical characters, but ordinary all the same. Udayshankar has stripped them of their magical powers. An absolute lavish feast of well-researched mytho-history work that has comprehend the heights and depths of the longest Epic ever. Udayshankar has been able to weave a charm that is essentially grand and sublime stream of experiences in his evocative new dark take on the Mahabharata.

The book is eloquent, yet not high handed; it is scholarly, yet not conceited. The retelling of the epic from an alternate perspective of the great Epic is intriguing. The way this book has been written is really commendable. Expectations to next installment are pregnant with obvious adventure. She is currently working on the second and third books of The Aryavarta Chronicles and a collection of prose-poems entitled Objects of Affection.

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Originally reviewed at: Apr 19, Arun Divakar rated it it was ok. To my mind that craved only action movies, this was a minor diversion and one that needed to be quickly bypassed to reach that big daddy of all battle scenes. But slowly with every retelling and re-reading that I went through, the forest grew on me.

It was only very recently that Ashok Banker gave it a befitting name — The forest of stories. You can draw out countless tales from this forest. Heroes, villains, gods and demons walk among these tales and it would make even the seasoned fantasy writers stare in wonderment at the seemingly endless treasure trove that stands before them.

Needless to say, this seems to be the rage these days among young Indian writers too for everybody wants to try their hands at retelling mythology across varied genres from action to romance to family drama.

Hunting between the stacks at my library on Saturday, I came across a new series where Krishna was an assassin sent to take revenge on the Asuras by the Devas imagine Krishna as Liam Neeson: I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you! Krishna Udayasankar is another entrant to this field who chooses a retelling of the epic steeped in palace intrigues, conspiracies and machinations with a special focus on the rock star god of the Hindu pantheon: One thing is set straight right at the start itself: No one harnesses supernatural powers and nor are they the descendants of gods.

They are Kings, Queens and Princes forever locked in the game of thrones.

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Merit should be awarded to the author for having stepped away from the ages old way of garishly painting Duryodhana as the baddie. In this tale, he is referred to by his actual name of Syyodhan and he is just another character and not the prince of darkness as most other authors would have us believe. This being the first installment I did not see nor hear much of Karna.

If we go by the usual sentiments of authors, they romanticize this character to glorious heights of excessive magnanimity and valor. Here, Karna or Vasusen is a vassal King of Hastinapura and that is pretty much about him. No fanfare, no muses singing his praises with their lyres fully tuned etc. The author is in command of her language and has a good way with words.

It is a well written book from the language perspective. And now sadly for the other parts of the book! The whole book is hinged on a clash of clans two of them! The conflict between these two overshadows even the Kaurava — Pandava conflict and gives the story a whole new dimension.

The author unspools thread after thread of conspiracies and counter-moves and somewhere post two-thirds of the book, I lost my bearings and kept confusing firewrights with firstborns. A typical conversation that I had with my mind went like this: Alright, so that is a firewright in action! No, it is a firstborn you fool!

That was three pages ago, what were you looking at? Oh darn you, you misleading double-crosser you! Another point of disagreement with the author was on describing battle scenes.

This is exactly a point where I found the author to not reach up to her mark as a writer of fantasy. A tremendous battle is hinted at and as soon as you snap your fingers, it is over. The author just skims over the whole battle with a little glance at it all. If this keeps up, I might be in for a soggy ending during the Kurukshetra scenes. Towards the end, the book starts meandering and some of the principal characters go off on adventures which make no sense while looked at from the main story.

A few scenes featuring Govinda also tend to get to being nothing more than rambling and long, long discourses which are not very enlightening. By the look of things, I get a feel that the story has bitten off more than what it could chew. There are so many loose ends here that I surely hope the author ties them all up before the trilogy is done with. Remember what the wise man said: If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off.

If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there. Aug 29, Aneen Suresh rated it really liked it. I usualy donot review books unless I get totally moved by it, or feel the sense of longing to want more. This is one book that charms, teases and begs the pages not to run its course. Having been a huge fan of the new wave of mythological retelling, I had been looking forward to the release of " The Aryavarta Chronicles ". The author should be commended, first off, in even thinking of tackling an epic the stature of "The Mahabharata".

The epic has been etched in our memories with the excellent TV I usualy donot review books unless I get totally moved by it, or feel the sense of longing to want more. The epic has been etched in our memories with the excellent TV series and the millions of comic and graphic renditions. I was frankly, not looking for it, to hit the levels of "Jaya" by Devdutt Patnaik a personal favorite in terms of Mahabharat based stories , but I was expecting something riveting, knowing that it was to be from Lord Krishna's view.

I am impressed by anyone who takes the GOD factor out of the book, and retells, it on human, identifiable levels. They are ordinary people who by their deeds, make themselves extraordinary. The female characters are not a support system, but more of characters with importance.

Draupadi is feisty, and is not constricted to being the quintessential Bharatiya Nari. She exudes sensuality and is open to her femininity. Govinda is an enigma, who u cannot decipher.

I was supremely impressed with Shikhandin, who is not a half n half ,but whole. The book gripped me from the first page on. Because of the sheer literary prowess in the words. I felt, for the first time, modern Indian literature has come to age. The language used is a delight for bibliophiles. The plot lines are a foundation for the sequels, therefore, the author, spends a lot of time developing character details and locations, in lucid fashion.

It is so perceptible that one almost can see it happening as a showreel. What I loved was the total perspective change I had for Duryodhana and Yudhishtira. The book gently prodded you to dare to think on a different term. On the downside,I can see how the elaborative narrative might not be everyone's cup of tea.

The intentional name changes are a bit of a confusion, but I think its a positive thing, especially because one gets a Tolkien feel with the family tree and the maps. Adds to the immersion. Its a little variant in pace, not always a bad thing. Overall, it is a satisfying and immersive read, and you cant wait to get to the end of the book. My mom loved it so much, she ordered her own copy, so I guess for me that speaks volumes about the influence the author is gonna have.

With Jeet Thayil too on the scene, Im pretty sure this is gonna be the Literary Lovers selection for an epic retelling. Cant wait for Firewright: Great Going Ms. More power! Aug 28, Deepak Nare rated it it was amazing. Aryavarta Chronicles 1 is the debut novel of Krishna Udayasankar, reinventing Mahabharata, the longest epic ever. Govinda Shauri, a cowherd-turned-prince of Mathura and now the commander of armies of Dwarka will use all his astuteness to make Dharma the emperor of Aryavarta against The Firewrights.

Even with the well known plot, the realistic characterization and few twists here and there make this book a delicious page-turner. Even with pages, this book is not a drag but fast-pace Govinda: Even with pages, this book is not a drag but fast-paced. Sometimes, a bit too fast. Being first in the series, lots of characters are introduced in very short duration. The fans of B. I would like to congratulate author for presenting the legends in such life-like way. Also, a piece of advice would be to slow down on feminism.

Everyone knows Panchali was the reason behind Mahabharata and she is the lead protagonist. The moment I read the name Syoddhan, I was sure that the author has done a splendid research work. All the details of scriptures are applauding along with fascinating scientific knits provided for The Firewrigths. Just like Mahabharata, even with all the panic of a budding war, the writer does not miss the philosophical creed concealed in the subtext.

Though in comparison to such a great epic, holding a series of enormous events weaving larger than life characters, this book does not contain even a minute portion. But hey, it is just the beginning. If the author slows down a bit and gives out five or six books instead of three, we might be looking at an Indian version of A Song of Ice and Fire. Yes, this book belongs to the same category as of Kaal and Shiva trilogy, but the writing is of more expertise and somewhat more real. Feb 19, Atula Gupta rated it really liked it.

We always seem to think that stories that are passed on from one generation to the next, are all the same. But in reality, each story teller adds or substracts certain things to the story, giving it individuality, making it new and yet retaining the age old essence. This book I think, is just that.

A rendition of the age old story of Krishna and Mahabharata in a new dimension that would suit the temperament of the young generation. The generation that has easy access to all the information in the We always seem to think that stories that are passed on from one generation to the next, are all the same. The generation that has easy access to all the information in the world but are seldom served the history of their own land in a logical way.

It is for those who want to question everything around them, even things that are passed on as myths and mythology in our society and therefore above reasoning. Govinda is not a book for those who believe Krisha to be the Immortal God. It is a story of a mortal cowherd with an extra-ordinary intellect. A visionary. Being the debut novel of Krishna Udaysankar, traditionally, one would give leverage to certain flaws. But that is where the reader might make a wrong presumption. When I read the book, I too began keeping in mind that this was after all written by a first timer.

But surprise awaited me at every turn of the page. The book does not come across as the first-time attempts of a novice at all. It is the work of a researcher, a scholar who surely seems to have rigourously sifted through buried ancient manuscripts, some legible, some difficult to decipher, and presented to us the readers, a very thorough and precise glimpse of the times of Aryavarta.

She is a master story teller, because she has her facts correct, which unquestionably have been gathered after much toil and perseverence.

I eagerly look forward to what she puts on our plate with her next work. This book is history, myth, fiction, thriller, and all in all a very logical and consistent narrative.

Read if you want to know the what and why of the tale we know as Mahabharata. Jun 03, Nitin Ganapule rated it liked it. Easily 4 star book if it didn't have minor flaws. I have been on journey of Indian mythology for a while now and with such good reviews this series had garnered, I decided to read it and I was not disappointed.

Although the book is about Mahabharata it's neither reinterpretation not retelling of the epic instead the book is critical analysis of the epic with humane characters and logical explanations for the events.