Every time, I read his books, I begin to think, what if they were real? When I read Mahabharata as a Kid, Duryodhana’s character was introduced as ‘Suyodhana’. Anand Neelakantan is an Indian author. His debut novel was Asura, tale of the vanquished, was among the bestsellers of and he was rated as the most. Read Ajaya book reviews & author details and more at Free delivery Ajaya (Telugu) Paperback – 15 Oct by Anand Neelakantan (Author).

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Ajaya: Roll of the Dice

Aug 06, Ruschil Aggarwal rated neealkantan really liked it. Tale of the Vanquished was published by Ajaay Publishing [2] on 14 May And his jaaya Shakuni clearly manipulated him to take his revenge on Bhisma.

Mostly it will help us to brush up our epics for our kids, nieces etc etc Last and the most important it doesn’t bore you for even a minute. Like Mayasura, who built the beautiful city of Indraprastha for the Pandavas and was banished by them after the completion of the city as he was a low caste Set up a giveaway.

Retrieved 14 January The novel is replete with these terms. Surprisingly it can also teach us that our curse of caste may have resulted in our downfall.

View all 3 comments. He has just turned the things upside down and did it meticulously and after a good deal of research on the subject. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This has made me realize how open minded and tolerant we are as culture and race.

By the time I reached the end of the first part, second part has not yet releasedI began questioning everything that I knew about Mahabh Like almost everyone else, I grew up worshipping Xnand and Krishna. His defeat in the hands of Pandavas does not prove that he was the villain and Pandavas were heroes.

The best thing about the book is the promise of the premise – that of the view point of the vilified, the Kauravas. The editing has improved but the second half of the book needs a tighter editing.


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The real and fictitious characters of Ajaya are precisely formulated. This book is truly a masterpiece, totally a new perspectivei empathize with the character Suyodhana, who was forever misunderstood. And in the wings: 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. While there are 2 sides of a coin, what happens when we toss the same coin?

I mean Jhumpa Lehari may have won an award for a supposedly awesome book. Karna remains beholden to Duryodhana all his life.

He may have been adopted later or may have been the son of a close relative who was later adopted for his valour, but clearly, he was nowhere in the picture during Drupada’s defeat. I know some westerners will be put off by the link to the Mahabharata, wrongly feeling that this will be a dull religious tome.

I would like to recommend it to everyone to all the ones who like to read mythology. Want to Read saving…. And they emerged as the heroes of history. Karn actually getting an Armour as a gift from the followers of Lord Sun: Or the epic disaster of Suyodhan kissing Subhadra mind it – lip to lip right below the nose of brother Balaram, that was like a “Wow” moment of the entire book. Scion of Ikshvaku Ram Chandra Series.

Return to Book Page. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Most important it talks from the point of view of the vanquished. Some of them are damn interesting, some I totally loved, liked and even lived with but there are a very few which I actually end up hating for various personal reasons call it my personal opinion, like or dislike and this one unfortunately falls in that sad category where I Mahabharat and Ramayan are two of the most loved epics from our part of the world and I have read almost half a dozen of the new-age versions in the name of Mythological Fiction which sells like a hot cake in today’s time.


However, it was more famous for its odd temples, the various classical artists it produced, and its school of music. But these are minor quibbles. Anand has actually revived the true spirit of the Mahabharat which was never a goody goody tale – it was actually a harsh take on human nature – and human life And he says that his latest book Ajaya is a tribute to Vyasa – thats so true – because Vyasa originally painted his characters in grey – years and years of interpolations made them black and white Had the title of the book been Mahabharata – the untold story of the downtrodden AND did not have the errors and inconsistencies mentioned above, it could have been a much better book.

However, Gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of Cochin, have wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old-world charm.

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How to write a great review. Indraprastha Pandava’s part and Hastinapur Kaurava’s part was no better than the current Dharavi of Mumbai Asia’s biggest slum if you already not know that.

It examines ideas of justice, the cast system and history in a new light. It Mahabharat have been told in a number of ways by a number of people But if you haven’t read it so far, I will seriously say, stay away man! English Choose a language for shopping. Ships from and sold by TheBigStore Questions like why was Karna neelakanta the way he was, why did he have to keep proving himself, why was Eklavya insulted, why was Khandiva forest destroyed.

It neelakantah at the good of Kauravas and doesn’t exaggerate.