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Realm in the 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 imagination 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

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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 18 days was what it took to redraw the entire landscape of ancient India according to Mahabharata A never before seen danse macabre was played out on the killing fields of Kurukshetra and the world was never the same again These 18 days have inspired countless artists and writers over the ages and provided fuel for their creative fires In the discourse of the Gita before the war Krishna tells Arjuna Now I am become Death the destroyer of worlds 18 days later you realize how much of foresight Krishna would had while telling the Pandava prince these words Reflect a bit on the Kurukshetra war and look beyond the grandilouent images action and larger than life characters while beneath all this lies a war fought in the name of three of the most sought after things power real estate and a woman A series of incidents centred around these three escalated to finally result in a cataclysmic war that left the survivors with ashes in their mouth In the third and concluding part of her series Krishna Udayasankar attempts her hand at recreating the Kurukshetra war and its aftermath To me this was amusing in a lesser measure and frustrating in greater part The best parts first Udayasankar’s Aryavarta chronicles capture the characters of the Mahabharata with a great degree of complexity Over the last three books she has laid down the groundwork for the characters and their intentions which all comes to a finale here While it does not capture all of the wide range of emotions these characters carry these books do not have a blue eyed gaze at the Pandavas the Kauravas or the other supporting characters They are portrayed as men and women of flesh and blood and not as gods and demi gods The third book is also relatively the best of the series in terms of the language employed Udayasankar writes in language which is neither too archaic nor too hip although she has the habit of overwriting at certain points which does harm than good This is all that I could think ofIf there is one thing that pissed me off about this series then it is the rambling In the midst of action the characters begin talking about moral philosophical and strategic nuances which can sometimes extend for three or pages at a stretch The funny thing is that once they come back from the conversation the earlier thread is nowhere to be seen Long and pointless conversations on the aspects of right and wrong only served to confuse me further and served no other purpose Next in a book that is about the granddaddy of all epic wars the reader expects a heavy focus on how the war was fought What I got instead was the author skipping over a lot of topics conveniently explaining off others and in general only serving a half plate of the offering For instance the first seven days of the war with Bhishma as the general are only hinted at until the time Shikhandi faces off with the aging patriarch and the times of Drona’s generalship also fares no better in terms of the storytelling The death of some of the key characters are only in the background the most notable being the deaths of Drona and Dushasana You only hear that they died and Udayasankar declines from giving us too many details of how it happened Then there is also the deus ex machina firewright technology The weapons employed during the war would have made a mere mortal wonder if they were of divine origin with the effects they produced This throws a challenge at the storyteller on how they want to explain the weapons Udayasankar takes the easier way out and has a wishy washy logic way by saying becausefirewright technology which in no way is satisfactory Also while the characters are complex enough their outlook on life and their mind sets speak differently None of the characters here have a mind set that stems from the Vedic period They all talk and think like individuals of the 20th century The external appearances of the characters are all in place but their core doesn’t lie in the right place or the right time Also the Mahabharata has a lot of focus on three women Kunti Panchali and Gandhari who act as the loci from which the entire forest of stories spread out In Udayasankar’s narrative there is only Draupadi and the others are mere shadowsAs a series I feel dissatisfied with this one The insanely long ramblings and the manifold diversions have driven me to the wall here Not recommended

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read Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 kindle ´ Paperback ✓ krishna udayasankar Ñ [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 struRestraint 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 Kurukshetra Aryavarta MOBI #233 storm stands Govinda Shauri driven by fickle allies and failed kings to the very brink of darkness Reforging the forsaken I’m mostly torn between a 35 or a 4 so I’ll round upFinally the saga comes to an end I have to preface this review by saying that I’m not as much in awe of this finale as I was of the first book but it’s still a good ending It’s just that maybe I was expecting too much from it so it left me a bit dissatisfiedThe writing of the author continues to be enchanting and thrilling keeping me hooked to the story never wanting to let go Obviously as per the title of the finale I was very interested to know how the author would describe the Kurukshetra war and while whatever was shown was magnificent and gritty and gory I was also disappointed by what was left out It’s not easy to condense eighteen days of this epic battle into one part of the book but I didn’t particularly like that there was nothing of the first seven days at all Some other important duels or deaths also happened off page which was pretty shocking to me In the original Mahabharata the warriors on both sides fight with daivi astras and while the point of this whole trilogy was to strip the epic of its divinity and attribute all the advancements to science and technology I think it became a bit difficult to stick to that premise during the war seuences and some of the astras used felt unrealistic And even though I can’t pinpoint exactly there were some threads and plot points that were left open without any resolution and I didn’t expect that But on the whole I think the author did a formidable job bringing the war to life and especially showing us the devastation and carnage it resulted in As this is the book where we would get some version of the Bhagavad Gita I was very eagerly waiting for those chapters I will not say I understood everything but it was short and very compelling to hear the words of Govinda to Partha There are also many many discussions about destiny reason and compassion and how these three are just different ways in which the world can run However the number of times these discussions took place was a lot in this book and I can’t say it was all easy to grasp I still completely bought into Govinda’s complete belief in humanity and its incessant capacity to use knowledge to prosper; and also his surety that a system that fails to protect those its meant to deserves to be destroyed But what left me a bit disconcerted towards the end was that I couldn’t really fathom if Govinda’s dream became a reality And maybe that’s the main source of dissatisfaction with this finale The characters continue to be the strength of this series It is so fascinating to see all these legendary people in a frail human light with all their flaws Especially Dharma whose belief in destiny never wavered despite innumerable horrors happening around him or the fact that it was the common people who were fighting for their rights on his side At the end I truly came to uestion if he deserved to be on the throne even if it was as a representative of the people Panchali and Govinda continue to be amazing and formidable beings they are fighting the system and wanting a better future for humanity Almost everything else played out as expected but I can’t help but appreciate the author for giving Shikhandin such an important piece in this story After everything that happened I think he was the most admirable for me the brave and consummate warrior who fought for the common people and what was right Even though I was very upset during Abhimanyu’s horrifying death scene it was actually the final scene between the closest friends Shikhandin and Asvatthama that brought tears to my eyes I will always remember this trilogy for letting to me get to know these unlikely and forgotten heroes Towards the end I have to say that reading this trilogy has been an experience that I won’t soon forget It has wowed me and impressed me and brought tears and joy and so much It is not without its flaws but a Mahabharata reimagining is an ambitious task and I commend the author for attempting it and doing a good job As I’ve been saying since I began this journey if you are okay with a riveting reimagination of the epic which digresses a lot from the canon but still manages to capture its core essence then you should definitely give this trilogy a try