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Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3War is upon the realm but is Aryavarta prepared for what will follow? As a bitter struggle begins to gain control of the divided empire that was once Aryavarta Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa of the Firstborn and the Secret Keeper of the Firewrights can only watch as their own blood their kin savage and kill on the fields of Kurukshetra the third and final installment in the Aryavarta Chronicles Trilogy by Krishna Udayasankar To put it in one word it is marvelous However as with anything there is a ‘but’ Now there are a bunch of things that work in favour of the book and for these credit must be given to the author Remember this is her debut outing in fictionFirst the book assumes intelligence on part of the reader A lot of it On top of it familiarity with the Mahabharata is not necessary though it would help Putting these two together is a noteworthy feat in itself So no two plus two euals four kind of spoon feeding here The book assumes you can figure that out for yourself and rightly so So as you are reading the book your mind races to keep pace with the plot and the unfolding of events which happen at a uick paceThat brings me to the next point – the pace of the plot It’s racy and hurtles through and you as a reader are expected to keep pace If you don’t you can uickly fall off the train and not know where you landed That pace was very visible in the first installment – Govinda seemed to flag a bit in the second Kaurava and the first hundred or so pages on the last Kurukshetra All that moves aside once the battle of Kurukshetra starts and things start getting interesting againThe next thing that works – the battle scenes of the Kurukshetra They are extremely well wrought like a work of art The scenes literally unfold in front of your eyes and I was amazed that the author could fill over 200 pages with just the 18 days of battle not once letting interest flag The description of the astras battle formations duels are beautifully explained sans superhuman strength of the warriors and shorn of miracles The mastery of the warriors is simply a matter of skill and training and the destruction caused by the weapons simply a mastery over the science of metal working and chemistry The battle scenes themselves are straight out of a well choreographed action movie – capturing the valour fear tumult screams and shrieks of war And the emotions of warThe highlight of the book is the way the emotions and motives of the protagonists are captured – they are very human with very human motives desires and fears That and their ideals Sometimes misplaced other times misunderstood So neither Syoddhan Duryodhana a clear villain nor Dharma Yudhishthir the clearly wronged There are shades of grey to all characters And white and black and blue and green and pink So it is that the author weaves a rainbow of layers to the protagonists charactersBut then here is where I have a complaint While the characters are well wrought there is a subtle inconsistency across the series Govinda Shauri Krishna is initially shown as scheming and manipulative initially but by the end ends up as nearly divine The transition is not exactly gradual though it doesn’t jar But sitting back one cannot but notice the inconsistency It almost seems that the author was overwhelmed by the divinity of the Krishna who uttered the Gita while at the same time reconciles him to the scheming Krishna who suggested that Bhima attack Duryodhana’s thigh though this episode is narrated differently There is also a very complex relationship that Govinda has with Panchali Draupadi that vacillates between the platonic to the divine romance to Panchali simply being a pawn in the hands of Govinda At times we are not sure if it is Govinda who is the pawn in the hands of PanchaliThe same happens with other characters too The first two books give the impression that Sanjaya is one of the key ringmasters in the plot but in the third book he is totally absent making an unconvincing cameo appearance towards the end If there is one character who remains consistent throughout it is Shikhandin and the importance accorded to him was a pleasant departure – to weave a story that has this much reviled possibly androgynous character as Govinda’s bosom buddy and a key player in the events that shape Aryavarta and a chest thumping masculine warrior matching Partha Arjuna and Ashwathama in skill takes conviction and skill The author carries this beautifully He remains true to his knitting throughout the plotThe plot itself has enough twists and turns to put a jalebi to shame That is where the author credits the reader with intelligence This is not a dumbed down version of the Mahabharata It is neither a retelling nor a reinterpretation It is a re imagination and how The basic plot is of an old rivalry between the Firstborn led by the sage Dwaipayana who dons the honorific title of Vyasa and the Firewrights led by Ghora Angirasa The Firstborn are given to protect the Divine Order which in essence sets rules systems of social and political hierarchy supposedly to maintain order in society The Firewrights are essentially scientists who have harnessed the secrets of nature These secrets were initially used for the benefit of humanity such as implements of agriculture etc but soon turned into instruments of war Naturally the kings of the realm outdo each other to procure these weapons of destruction that can give them power Greed fear and insecurities set in To ensure that such great power does not fall into hands that do not know restraint there is a grand cleansing of the Firewrights called the Great Scourge that decimates the Firewrights and their knowledge Bhishma Devavrata Bhishma is at the forefront leading the cleansing with able assistance from Dwaipayana Vyasa Some firewrights survive and carry on their agenda in secret Govinda is one of them Much plots sub plots and twists and turns later it boils down to a grand confrontation between the armies and allies of Syoddhan striving to protect the Divine Order and the armies and allies of Dharma who is but an instrument in the hands of Govinda striving to tear down the Divine Order to establish in simple terms a true democracy That is the essence of the plotThe plot only has a vague resemblance to the original Mahabharata – the key events from the Mahabharata are taken and re imagined with the plot of the Firstborn and Firewrights woven around it With this structure the author explains with sound reason and rationale many of the events of the Mahabharata that otherwise seem beyond reason And the explanations fit in extremely well convincingly Coming back to the third book – Kurukshetra it can be divided into two parts One part is the action packed page turner of the 18 days of war The other part is the exposition of the Firstborn Firewright philosophy the essence of the Gita and to some extent the meaning of existence itself The first part – Kurukshetra war nestles cozily in the middle of the book The first 100 or so pages set out the conflicts and the principles of the two warring groups as well as their motives and insecurities This makes the book flag in those parts The last 100 or so pages with some pages in between are actually the true achievement of the book In this the author captures the essence of the Gita the divinity of Krishna remember in this book he is NOT a god just a human being very much mortal dvaita advaita maya atman and narayana This part may not appeal to many indeed many may not even be able to appreciate this but the book scores a ‘out of the park hit’ with this That also makes the book subject to comparisons primarily with the immensely popular Meluha series by Amish Tripathi and Anand Neelakantan’s AjayaAsura In all these as well as the Aryavarta series the overall plot is the same While in Meluha it was Suryavanshis versus Chandravanshis where neither are clearly blackwhite or goodevil it was the class struggle for euality in Ajaya where there is a clear good evil So it is with Aryavarta Chronicles – Firstborn versus Firewright where neither is clearly good or evil But the comparison ends there The language is good – though simple the prose has a poetic uality to it A minor niggle is on the proofreading – there are several spelling errors missed out words grammatical errors – hopefully these will be taken care of in the next print runThe book packs in a lot – many key characters many events and incidents many twists turns plots and sub plots many philosophies To pack in so much into three paperbacks retaining the page turner uality for a good part is no mean achievement Looking back that could also be the book’s undoing because in this age of ‘ready to consume’ in all walks of life where the attention span is not than 144 characters or a 10 second ad spot not too many may appreciate a book that is not a ‘open read forget’ kind of metro read But if you are not looking for adolescent romances nothing against them or rich girl poor boy plots nothing against them either go for this series But only if you are willing to ride a whirlwind and enjoy being tossed and turned around

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Book ´ Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 Æ 436 pages ☆ [Reading] ➼ Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 Author Krishna Udayasankar – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk War is upon the realm but is Aryavarta prepared for what will follow? As a bitter struggle begins to gain control of the divided empire that wThe fire of his apocalyptic wrath he is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice of them all for the sake of one last hope that humanity will rise that there will be revolution The spectacular entrancing final episode of The Aryavarta Chronicles recreates the world of the Mahabharata with formidable power and imaginati The secret to building a city a citadelanything really is to keep the foundations complex but the structures simpleThis is the uote from this book and Krishna Udayashankar did exactly that Following the epic Mahabharata the author gave a whole new perspective to the story She forgot Gods threw out magic and painted the Mahabharata in mundane human life There was no magic Everything was science Every action had meaning Even the irrelevance of certain characters in the original epic is beautifully handled here I liked the book for its detailing its philosophical banter its scientific explanation and finally its epic ending I admit that I found the book dragging at places But what kept me going was my curiosity As to how the author will handle certain instances in the original epic I was rarely disappointed She did justice to every characters every instances and managed to bring through some political intrigue also She was never parsimonious in her imaginations She used to its full extent in the narrative Her telling is a refulgent retelling of the story Those who likes the epic will find this book enjoyable

Krishna Udayasankar ↠ Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 Book

Kurukshetra Restraint and reason have deserted the rulers who once protected the land and they manipulate scheme and kill with abandon for victory is all that matters At the heart of the storm stands Govinda Shauri driven by fickle allies and failed kings to the very brink of darkness Reforging the forsaken realm in Kurukshetra is an eye opening version of the Mahabharata as a whole Amazingly imagerizedthis narrative differentiates between the ideal way of life and our true lifestyle It tells us how god created us with a purpose and how we are exploiting our own selves by doubting our skills and the goodness of the people around us We refuse to see the potential within us and blame the cause of our failure over the ones who truly seek to gleam through our success stories It shows us that divinity could be no better than blasphemy if the inner self is not enduredThe author very realistically describes each and every incident taking place during the great war showing that the character who has been evil to the world ever since was not actually bad at heart but situations made him such and wronged his character There was such a charm in the author's writing which literally left me open mouthed She brought life to the epic She gave a scientific explanation to each and every aspect of the war which I could not even imagine had a reason in beyond the fantasies; as a mere example the astra weapons usedAll in all I am completely awe struck by the author's writings especially the Aryavarta Chronicles which inspire us to bring an optimistic change in our lifestyle and have an opinion on social issues because our perspective matters a lot because it is a way to explore the inner self