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Claim to the Hastinapura throne the Kaurava Crown Prince Suyodhana rises to challenge Krishna As great minds debate dharma and adharma power hungry men prepare for an apocalyptic war The women highborn and humble helplessly watch the unfolding disaster with deep foreboding And greedy merchants and unscrupulous priests lie in wait like vultures Both sides know that beyond the agony and carnage the winner will take all But even as gods conspire and men’s destinies unfold a far greater truth awaits One of the six most remarkable writers of India DNA An Amazing read The WEEK Uniue voice of a rebellious author telling the story from the other side a feat a few have dared or managed so well Bihar Time. This book begins from the most infamous and the most poignant chapter of Mahabharata The dice game in which Pandavas lose their entire wealth kingdom and eventually they end up losing their wife by gambling over a dice game orchestrated by Shakuni who was playing on behalf of the Kauravas If this situation would have been handled in a respectable manner by the Kauravas probably the entire Kurukshetra war could have been avoidedThe prime highlight of this book has to be the situations in which characters find themselves and how do they react to those situations Their decisions are based on their past influence manoeuvring and manipulation by other characters Vulnerability and indecisiveness of characters and the sinister plans of some of the characters is exposed to the reader with great panache and skill Read a detailed post about this book on my blog

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AJAYA RISE OF KALI Book 2

O Karna must choose between loyalty and gratitude friend and Guru o Aswathama undertakes a perilous mission to the mountains of Gandhara in search of the Evil One o Kunti must decide between her firstborn and her other sons o Guru Drona has to stand with either his favourite disciple or his beloved son o Balarama having failed to convince his brother about the adharma of violence walks the streets of Bharatavarsha spreading the message of peace o Ekalavya is called to make the ultimate sacrifice to uphold a woman’s honour o Jara the beggar sings of Krishna’s love while his blind dog Dharma follows o Shakuni can almost see the realization of his dream to destroy India As the Pandavas stake their. I have desperately waited for than a year to read the concluding part of Ajaya The author himself was extremely tight lipped about the release date and it has finally come almost a year after it was originally slated for release Considering all this anticipation there was no way the book actually would live up to what I wanted it to And it doesnt But it is still a really good honest effort The book succeeds best when it gives voice to Suyodhana and sometimes even to the people in his camp like Ashwathama and Shakuni Karna of course gets his time in the sun but the interesting part of this book is that the focus is not always so much on Karna and considering the number of books which have already valorized Karna it is good to let some other voices speakWhat the book really does well is paint a believable picture of the right on Suyodhana s side And unlike the earlier book it does it while also giving a passionate Suyodhana Suyodhana aruging with Krishna about the right of his cause is one of the best scenes in the book Bhishma s speech when he announces he is going to support Suyodhana is again great and genuinely highlights the hero s passion and conviction At times it feels as if the author has closely followed the Star Bharat series which was aired last year and is deliberately trying to invert the story This is not really a flaw in this book because the series was so one sided that the story needed to be told from the other perspective For instance in popular discourse even in Karna centered narratives when Karna gets to know the truth about his birth he urges Krishna to keep it secret because he feels that should they know the truth Yudhishtra will give up his claim on the kingdom which he rightfully deserves It is actually a bit ludicrous to see a hot headed angry man like Karna suddenly turn affectionate towards the Pandavas because he realizes they are his brothers and wants to support their claim Here Karna fully supports Suyodhana s claim to the throne He also realizes that Kunti and Krishna suddenly acknowledging him is a political ploy to somehow ensure Pandava advantage over Suyodhana And he wants none of it This seems far psychologically possible keeping in mind Karna s personality Karna s rejection of Kunti and his almost reluctant adherence to a promise not to kill the Pandavas allows us to be sympathetic to him even though in the larger context of Suyodhana s life Karna has betrayed him Karna s death scene in the arms of Suyodhana even as he thinks that it is better to die this way as Radheya than win against Arjuna and become another Kaunteya a puppet in Krishna s arms allows us to feel sympathetic for both men And particularly after seeing the travesty of Karna s death scene in Star Mahabharat this description is particularly satisfying At times the book seems to give excessive importance to Shakuni and pushes his role even in episodes where he was probably not involved But the book succeeds in still presenting Shakuni as a human person who loves his country and resents India for what was done to his own country Placing Shakuni and Krishna as antagonists seems to have again drawn from the Star version of Mahabharat But it is nicely done with Krishna himself at times becoming a pawn in Shakuni s plans When the book does invoke any of the Pandava perspectives it falls a bit flat Yudhishtra genuinely preferring not to be a king Bhima wondering why his tribal wife and son are not important in the scheme of things Arjuna uestioning the Gita s wisdom after he has killed Bhishma and Karna maybe each of it deserves a book in itself Doubtless Neelakantan has borrowed some ideas from existing narratives which is perfectly fine but given the seriousness of the issues being raised they are treated very very briefly In fact the last chapters are very rushed with about 36 years of narrative being compressed almost to read as though the Pandavas renounced their kingdom a few months after the victory Krishna s development in this book is uite interesting In the previous book he was developing as the villain but perhaps Neelakantan chose to steer clear of controversy by making Krishna a heartless villain Or maybe he genuinely wanted to give the character depth The Krishna of this book is likeable if a bit inconsistent His almost inhuman detachment from the world as he preaches a system of social order makes him almost an avtar Yet his anguish over his wayword son and his pathetic attempts to protect him make him all too human Unfortunately since Krishna does not bear the burden of villainy in this book Neelakantan had to find alternate villains and Dhaumya emerging as a villain supreme seems a bit ludicrous considering he has very little role in any of the mainstream versions of Mahabharata Yuyutsu s antagonistic role is a bit well done And positioning Yuyutsu s ascendancy as Dhirtharashtra s ultimate revenge against the Pandavas is a delicious twist of irony All in all this is definitely a honest and good book It definitely scores over the other recent mythological release The Scion of Ikshvaku It is unfortunate that Neelakantan lacks Tripathi s savviness in marketing because that book which reads like absolute trash is definitely going to trump this in book sales

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THE MAHABHARATA ENDURES AS THE GREAT EPIC OF INDIA While Jaya is the story of the Pandavas told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra Ajaya is the tale of the Kauravas who were decimated to the last man From the pen of the author who gave voice to Ravana in the national bestseller ASURA comes the riveting narrative which compels us to uestion the truth behind the Mahabharata THE DARK AGE OF KALI IS RISING and every man and woman must choose between duty and conscience honour and shame life and death o The Pandavas banished to the forest following the disastrous games of dice return to Hastinapura o Draupadi has vowed not to bind her hair till she washes it in the blood of the Kauravas. Video Review Link job by Anand Neelakantan Ajaya Roll of The Dice Part 1 Rise of Kali Part 2 is an epic written by Anand Neelakantan which shows Mahabharata from Duryodhana s point of view I was unjust and hasty when I have written review of part 1 but I will correct my review as I have completed both the parts I will re write review for complete series AjayaFrom our childhood either we heard or watched On Doordarshan stories the Mahabharata We accepted Pandavas and Krishna as hero We accepted all loopholes in stories that came to our mind as divine intervention Except Karna We always imagined Suyodhana Sushashana Ashwathama as wrong doers We never thought what could be the reason behind Bhishma Drona Kripa Narayani Sena and other nobles support for Suyodhana in his struggle against Pandavas We accepted available Mahabharata as recited by Ved Vyasa in front of Vaisampayana but what if it was altered by the time it reached to us what if Mahabharata as we know today is completely different from what it was actualy It is winner who chooses what will go down to history Neither Duryodhana nor his supporters won to continue his side of story Anand has wonderfully portrayed how Duryodhana would be if his struggle for kingship was righteousDetailed Review Link


10 thoughts on “AJAYA RISE OF KALI Book 2

  1. says:

    Video Review Link job by Anand Neelakantan Ajaya Roll of The Dice Part 1 Rise of Kali Part 2 is an epic written by Anand Neelakantan which shows Mahabharata from Duryodhana's point of view I was unjust and hasty when I have written review of part 1 but I will correct my review as I have completed both the parts I will re write review for complete series AjayaFrom our childhood either we heard or watched On Do

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    I have said it before and I will say it again It is always a refreshing experience to read Anand Neelakantan’s books I have been waiting for this book for around 8 months now and the author has made this book worth the waitThe second instalment starts with Draupadi being summoned after the Pandavas have lost her in a gam

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    I have always believed in the policy – if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at allSo when I did not uite like Amish’s Scion of IkshvakuI decided not to put down my reaction in words But Rise of Kali has actually disappointed me to a level that I am going to write a detailed review of it Firstly I would like to make it clear I am aware that I am nowhere near Amish’s or Anand Neela

  4. says:

    Anand Neelakantan's book starts with what seems like an apology for exploring the alternate POV It talks about Hi

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    I have desperately waited for than a year to read the concluding part of Ajaya The author himself was extremely tight lipped about the release date and it has finally come almost a year after it was originally slated for

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    The Rise of Kali raises the uestion why the history never considered the virtues of the vanuished? Suryodhana was the voice of a castles society which weighed the individual with merits He accepted Karna the son of a charioteer and offered him his eternal friendship He did not ask Yudhishtira to pawn his wife on the dice games He didn't do anything against Dharma in the war Still he is the chief antagonistRise of Kali is the search throu

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    'Rise of Kali Duryodhana's Mahabharata' is the second book in the Ajaya series Aptly titled 'Ajaya' the series is Anand Neelakantan's

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    I received a signed copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads The views expressed here are my own and unbiased3 starsThe blurb sounded so promisingThe author has turned such a great epic into a horrid RetellingThe story started with Draupadi being dragged from her chambers to the sabha where the

  9. says:

    This book begins from the most infamous and the most poignant chapter of Mahabharata The dice game in which Pandavas' los

  10. says:

    i had already read ajaya I and was waiting for part II for a long time it does not fail to disappoint the book is gripping unputdownable read only thing is that the story appears to travel very fast the author could have opted for t

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