[Govinda The Aryavarta Chronicles #1] New ´ Krishna Udayasankar

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  • Govinda The Aryavarta Chronicles #1
  • Krishna Udayasankar
  • English
  • 02 July 2020
  • 9789350094464

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Read & Download Govinda The Aryavarta Chronicles #1 104 Must use all his cunning to counter deception and treachery if he is to protect his people and those whom he lovesBut who holds the key to the fantastic and startling knowledge of the Firewrights which in the wrong hands will bring doom upon the empire And does Govinda have it in him to confront the dark secrets of his past and discover the true meaning of being Arya of being nob. An excellent read I have read all the volumes of Krishnavatara by KMMunshi 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 blackexcept 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 decide if it s true or not Edit I previously mentioned the author of Krishnavatara as CRajagopalachari It was actually KMMunshi

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Read & Download Govinda The Aryavarta Chronicles #1 104 Tween the two orders the once united empire of Aryavarta lies splintered a shadow of its former glorious selfNow the last Secret Keeper of the Firewrights is dead killed by a violent hand and the battle for supreme power in the empire is about to beginAs mighty powers hurtle towards a bloody conflict Govinda Shauri cowherd turned prince and now Commander of the armies of Dwaraka. The rating is 35 to 40 really 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 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 directionThe author has also made a valiant attempt at constructing de constructing the characters of several key figures in the epic Krishna Yudhishthira Jarasandha Duryodhana Draupadi Vyasa and a few 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 Why not seven or eight volumes like Alex Rutherford s Empire of the Moghul series or Conn Iggulden s Emperor series and Conueror series The current work seems like a rushed job you want 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 pages leaving with the feeling of holding an incomplete work Maybe if the author had given it a few months it would have turned out to be far better than the already very good read that it isIn conclusion I like the book the ideas and the perspectives and look forward to picking up the next in the series

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Read & Download Govinda The Aryavarta Chronicles #1 104 HONOUR DESIRE VENGEANCEAryavarta – the ancient realm of the nobleFor generations the Firstborn dynasty of scholar sages descendants of Vasishta Varuni and protectors of the Divine Order on earth has dominated here For just as long the Angirasa family of Firewrights weapon makers to the kings and master inventors has defied them In the aftermath of the centuries long conflict be. While I was wowed by the author Krishna s short story in Magical Women and have been waiting to read her latest Beast which my trusted friends really swear by it didn t occur to me that I already owned her debut trilogy and never actually read it Thankfully I realized my folly and picked up this first book for the IndianLitReadathon and it was definitely an awesome decision pats my back Mahabharata is my favorite book in the world and nothing will ever change that It s had the most influence on my life so it s not surprising that I tend to turn unwittingly to reading the epic when I m in need of comfort In the recent years I have also been able to read a few reimaginations and reinterpretations of this story by modern authors and I m always mesmerized by how many different ways this story could be told In this same vein comes the author Krishna and I m wowed by her courage to have taken up this task right in her debut novel The author has decided to strip the divinity from the epic and retell it as a socio political saga of the kingdoms of Aryavarta and I think she succeeds at it very well The central conflict around which the story revolves here is something new and that definitely makes it feel like a refreshing tale The world building is done excellently slowly revealing bits and pieces so that it never feels info dumpy I loved the descriptions of the kingdoms and the palaces and the terrain in general my particular favorite being the absolutely stunning depiction of Dwaraka I could actually feel the sun and the waves and the total awe that Partha feels when he arrives at its gates The author also makes the characters here utterly human with all their complicated motivations and moral dilemmas and I loved seeing them in a new light There are lots of mysteries that are unraveled as the story progresses but the particular reveals at the end surprised me and I m just so excited to dive into the seuel immediately The story is also just close enough to the canon that you might guess what could happen next but different enough that you ll be surprised by how the events unfold The author manages to accentuate this feeling by giving some of the characters their not so popular names so it never feels like you are just reading the Mahabharata The story follows multiple POV characters so we get to know what everyone is thinking and the political plans they are weaving The major perspectives we get are Govinda and Panchali and I was just utterly fascinated by their relationship Govinda loves his people and dedicates his whole life to be able to create a lasting empire but he is also very dispassionate and almost emotionless in the way he manipulates everyone which makes him pretty unlikable to everyone and also very difficult to get to know him closely Panchali on the other hand is fiery very intelligent and capable and is appalled at the way women are discriminated against and prevented from being in ruling positions However she is also pragmatic and uses her smarts to run her kingdom as well as understand the long term implications of everything happening around across the empire Vyasa Sanjaya Asvathama and Shikhandin also play very important roles and it was fascinating to see them as much developed characters Dharma is probably the one Pandava whose depiction really surprised me and I never knew it was possible to show him in such a morally grey light He is such a follower and almost too much of a believer of destiny and righteousness without actually doing any work for creating an empire I can almost see how this will lead to his downfall and can t wait to explore it all in the next book If you love Mahabharata reinterpretations I would definitely recommend this book to you If you are okay with stories that don t necessarily stick to the canon and remove the mysticism of the epic in favor a socio political fantasy saga then you ll enjoy this a lot The world building is impressive the characters very very refreshing and fascinating and the reveals totally captivating that ll keep you guessing as to what might happen next Kaurava here I come