HONOUR. DESIRE. VENGEANCE. Aryavarta – the ancient realm of the noble. For generations, the Firstborn dynasty of scholar-sages, descendants of Vasishta . Maybe I am a little late to the party but could not resist answering this question as I have read one series and attmepted to read the other but failed. First about. Krishna Udayasankar is a Singapore-based Indian author, known for her modern retelling of Mahabharata through the novels Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra. The three books collectively comprise The Aryavarta Chronicles.

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But will they succeed with a tyrant like Jarasandh commanding their loyalty? Mar 23, John Trident rated it it was amazing. Feb 14, RustyJ rated it really liked it Shelves: She questions him and is frustrated when she gets no answers. Oh darn you, you misleading double-crosser you! 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.

In a satisfactory change — her marriage here is to Dharma the eldest Pandava brotherand not to all the five, a fact that disturbed me endlessly in the original. However, after centuries-long conflict, they are dethroned by the Firewrights, who are an ancient order of artillery scientists and inventors.

It is for those who want to question everything around them, even things that are passed on as myths and mythology in our society and therefore above reasoning.

A “what-if” chronucles, an incredible reconstruction, not lacking in sincerity or integrity. Finally, some class in writing from an Indian in the recent times.

Nevertheless, all credit to the author for stretching our thinking to a different direction. Let me tell you its not completely retelling of Mahabharata, its just set in the mahabharata world and author tries to find out “historical” aspects of Mahabharata than that of “mythological” one. When I purchased the book at Thiruvananthapuram airport for reading on my flight, I had hoped it to of the fantasy genre.


It isn’t about whose version comes closest to life as it happened; it is about the tale that reflects life as chronkcles is. The epic has been etched in our memories with the excellent TV series and the millions of comic and graphic renditions. Consisting of three books-Govinda, Kauravas and Kurukshetra the novel is a description of the events as they took place in Aryavrata consisting of NorthCentralEast and West India never understood the neglect of South India in Indian History.

But in reality, each story teller adds or substracts certain things to the story, giving it individuality, making it new and yet retaining the age old essence.

Book Review: The Aryavarta Chronicles, Book 1: Govinda

Yes, a child marriage, and since then the Mahabharata has been aryacarta better half. After 3 rd chapter. In the aftermath of the centuries-long conflict between the two orders, the once-united empire of Aryavarta lies splintered, a shadow of its former glorious self. The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 3. Hunting between the stacks at my library on Saturday, I came across a new series where Krishna was an assassin sent to aryavsrta revenge on the Asuras by the Devas imagine Krishna as Liam Neeson: Hastinapur is shown as a vassal of Magadha.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Hopefully the next one will be better. There is devotion, there is love, there is pain, there is care, and there is suffering for their souls in that relationship between Sakha and Sakhi.

Govinda in and upon its success has written two other books for the Aryavarta Chronicles series and many other well acclaimed books. For generations, the Firstborn dynasty of scholar-sages, descendants of Vasishta Varuni and protectors of the Divine Order on earth, has dominated here. I have read other books too.

If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there. The point of this tale, these characters will never be about remounting history, but about the joy the story gives each one of us. Panchali Draupathi is a feminist but not in the true sense of the term.

It is not often that an author is brave enough to take on one of the most well known mythological and religious texts for her debut novel but, knowing her, albeit in another life a long time ago, one would expect no less from Krishna.


This could account for the complacent nature of Yudhistra and explain why he bowed down to his uncle’s chrojicles all the time.

If i compare krishna’s world building with amish’s then no doubt krishna has created more complex and detailed world that i never imagined can be created out of mahabharata. Showing of reviews.

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She however does it smoothly whilst being careful so as to not seem to be info-dumping. A typical conversation that I had with my mind went like this: 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.

The book basically sets two clans against qryavarta other- the Firstborn and Fire Wrights.

It is so perceptible that one almost can see it happening as a showreel. In most places, Shikandin is treated as a trans-gender, but here the author treats him as a brave and fearless aryavaarta on par with Govinda, who is misunderstood by many others, including his father. The writer should be tortured and jailed for keeping the readers waiting for second part. There were a few areas where I felt the description was too heavy, but that’s just me!

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll aryabarta you a link to download the free Kindle App. While Kurukshetra is the story I have been dying to read for almost a year now, it seems like cheating to open it without refamiliarising myself with the world of Aryavarta. There is no hero worship or myth-fying of the characters, but raw representation.

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