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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

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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Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 ¶ 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 imaginati A few weeks back I was in a discussion with author Krishna Udaysankar on BlogAdda’s chat on mythological fiction In general I am of the view that a lot of the happenings in our epics are left open to interpretation and it is always refreshing to see someone go down an untraveled path while exercising their creativity The author in the discussion mentioned that a lot of details differ in editions including critical editions and we just assume that the popular version is the ‘correct’ one I could not have agreed with the author Ms Krishna on this and this perhaps is where the Krishna Udaysankar’s trilogy ‘Aryavarta Chronicles’ stands out A retelling of the Mahabharatha standing in a very stable way in a very new realm including a fictitious plot point that mostly works Aryavarta Chronicles is a wonderful journey from start to finish The focus of this post will essentially be on the third book of the trilogy ‘Kurukshetra’ but there will be references to the first two books ‘Govinda’ and ‘Kauravas’ in a few places in the postFor the fact that Mahabharata got me back to reading I am usually keen on reading any interpretation of the epic that shows up Upon hearing about the Aryavarta Chronicles and the author and her credentials I must say my interest was piued With BlogAdda having this third book for review it was no brainer for me to apply and ensure that I had read the first two books before the third one I was tempted to try this one as a standalone but a friend mentioned that flow and the understanding of the characters would be better if I read the first two books More on this a little later in the post I got the first two books and it formed an integral part of my mornings for six days when I read it on the bus my first time with continued reading on the busAmong the retellings of the epic Mahabharatha I was most fascinated by two books for two different reasons the character analysis in Irawati Karwe’s Yuganta The End of an Epoch and general theme of MT Vasudevan Nair’s Bhima Lone Warrior though I am tempted to add Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik to the list I can safely say that the Aryavarta Chronicles is going to feature in this list A portrayal of the lesser known characters in a very new dimension Kurukshetra starts at where Kauravas ended a hint of the declaration of a war between the cousins While many a version have written about the epic and the war in great depth Krishna adds in a premise featuring a section of people called the Firewrights and a Secret Keeper The reasons for many happenings in the epic are attributed to the Firewrights and this includes the occurences of events including Dharma marrying Panchali and the empire expansion with the annexure of many a kingdom in Aryavarta described in detail in Book 2 Who are the Firewrights what do they want what is their ancestry and why is that the First borns are involved in the occurences along with the Firewrights? These are all the uestions that Krishna tries to pose in the first two books and answer them mostly satisfactorily in the Kurukshetra The fact that the Firewright theory stemmed from one of the first few people of the Kaurava family is indeed interesting and I uite liked how the author blended the happening in the last year of the exile of Dharma and his brothers to this There were many thing that had the book going great for me Firstly the writing The author takes into account the intelligence of the reader and leaves uite a few things open for interpretation or for the reader to figure out himself In an age when story telling can mean jotting down a screenplay lazily Krishna makes a wonderful effort to introduce elements into the story which have meaning much later in the story and it is up to the reader to connect those Secondly there was no God like stature to any of the characters including Govinda For example the fact that the shaming of Panchali did not have a divine angle to it made you sympathize with the character a lot In addition Govinda is shown as a selfish character for the most part and there is a reason to it and this I guess makes the character a lot relatable Thirdly the main characters in this retelling included the characters that are mostly mentioned in the other versions to drive the story With Dhristadymna Shikhandin Ashwattama Sanjaya Vyasa Dwaipayana and Suka forming a major chunk of the characters on who the story is focused on it is refreshing to see the author not adopting the safe route for the epic Even though a lot of the other characters including Pritha Kunthi Gandhaari and Dhritarashtra do not get enough screen time in the book it doesn’t seem to affect the premise Two things that I loved about the book were the innocent romance that Abhimanyu and Uttara had in the first part of the book including the days leading up to the war I would definitely love to read a short piece by the author solely focusing on these two characters One reason she did not take Uttara’s love for Abhimanyu granted and two Abhimanyu’s dignified and perhaps awkward behavior The second thing was that in the book and in the trilogy a different side of Syoddhan is shown One he is not shown on the arrogant and angry cousin of Dharma Two his reason to declare a war of Dharma and his brothers is not for the kingdom as such I would love to dwell on this for longer but it would mean posting spoilers A couple of things that did not work for me in the third book was the identity of the secret keeper and in general the lack of emphasis of the Firewrights I was able to identify who the current secret keeper was in the first few pages of the book and perhaps that made me a little disappointed because I was waiting for the author to spring up a surprise and prove me wrong Firewrights have been an intergral part of this trilogy with a major part of the second book focusing on the happenings involving them Perhaps the author intended the third book to focus on the war and considering that the war was a result of the action of Firewrights it is justified A few minor typos which do not matter in the larger scheme of things could be corrected in the subseuent editions How does this book stand by itself and how is it as a part of the trilogy? I can safely say that for an enhanced reading experience and better background of the characters especially considering the characters the author focuses on the book is better read a trilogy However as a standalone too the book is able to speak for itself and the author provides sufficient background on a few of the key happenings the reader would need to know or remember from the first two bookOverall with some good writing which wonderfully compliments the reader’s intelligence Kurukshetra and overall the Aryavarta Chronicles is a winner I would love to see how Krishna Udaysankar’s next book turns out to be And the TV show on this trilogy This review is a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers Participate now to get free books Ebook Ü Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 è Krishna Udayasankar

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Krishna Udayasankar è Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 Doc 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 For a series which began with a lot of potential Krishna Udayasankar’s “Aryabarta Chronicles” ended with a whimper Udayasankar still remains a good writer but her confusion regarding the direction in which she wanted her retelling to head ultimately spoiled the second and third book “Kurukshetra” as the name suggests largely focuses on the war Almost half the book is dedicated to the war while the other focuses on the politics and turmoil which led to it Predictably Udayasankar builds up the character of Abhimanyu playing the emotional card to highlight his tragic death Some of the best parts about this series have always come when Udayasankar uses her own re interpretation to remove the divine traits of a character Her reinterpretation of Ghatotkacha and rakshashas was enjoyable though not entirely unexpected Udayasankar doesn’t uite have the skills to make her battle scenes intriguing and the author herself seems to be aware about this The first few chapters of the battle seem hurried and she even skips first few days of the war fast forwarding to the seventh day It is unfair to expect a detailed account of the war in a 400 page book but when the primary subject matter deals with Kurukshetra it wouldn’t have hurt to dedicate a few chapters to the initial stages of the war Her discussion about battle strategies remains vague at best and there’s too much of the shadow of the TV serial when she talks about arrows cancelling out each other “Firewrights” which was a clever inclusion in the series so far has now become her ultimate fallback tactic Whenever Udayasankar doesn’t want to go deep into the mechanism of a weapon she conveniently uses the “but it is Firewright technology” theory Credit where it’s due Udayasankar does exceed herself in some of the Kurukshetra scenes especially the one with slaying of Jayadrath or Ghatotkacha episodeAnd then there are the philosophical discourses They slow down the narrative and often seem completely out of place I had to skip a few paras to avoid the same thing being said over and over again And why must there always be a long motivational monologue from the primary character before the battle starts? Udayasankar also tries to insert an extra twist in Govinda’s tale in the last 2 chapters but it feels as if these two chapters belong to a different story and doesn’t gel with the ending If I compare this with the Meluha series Krishna Udayasankar is a significantly better writer than Amish Tripathy I know that’s not saying much But Amish was clear in his mind about his plot and how it will end Udayasankar on the other hand fails to keep the reader hooked and muddles up her plot