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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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview aaryavarta Govinda by Krishna Udayasankar. Aryavarta — the ancient realm of the noble. For 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, chroniclex Angirasa family of Firewrights, weapon-makers to the kings and master inventors, has defied them.
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. Now, 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 begin. As chronifles powers hurtle towards a bloody conflict, Govinda Shauri, cowherd-turned-prince and now Commander of the armies of Chrojicles, must use all his cunning to counter deception and treachery if he is to protect his people and those whom he loves.
But 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 noble? Paperbackpages. Published July by Hachette India first published January 1st The Aryavarta Chronicles 1.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Govindaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 01, Mansi rated it did not like it Shelves: I have never seen any Indian author writing this badly. There are soooooooo many names, people,events etc this leaves the reader ayravarta.
After 3 rd chapter.
By all means copy Amish Tripathi but make sure that ur even half way near to his wits and intelligence. After Meluha it seems that young people with a Post – Grad degree and an ability to write are on a spree to pick up a mythological character and mold it into human form and write a battle around it. What came as a shocker was the language, it was so casual, the conversation between two characters was so much like our day today convo,if you are writing for a particular era than make sure that dialect matches to that age.
Cant write a detailed review as I aryavarya no strength and willingness to wrack my brain or time over this. View all 16 comments.
Jun 22, Sumeetha Manikandan rated it it was ok. I took me sometime to make up my mind about this book. And I have xhronicles it two stars only because I think the author has a strong command over her language and style of writing. The descriptive verses in this book brings forth the beautiful depiction of vedic India. The plot is intriguing but somehow it failed to capture my interest.
The only thing that fascinated me in this book was Yudhistra’s admission to Draupadi that Duryodhana and his brothers were probably the rightful heirs of Kuru empire I took me sometime to make up my mind about this book. The only thing that fascinated me in this book was Yudhistra’s admission to Draupadi that Duryodhana and his brothers were probably the rightful heirs of Kuru empire.
This he admits because he knew that he and his brothers were no relation to Pandu as they were conceived through Niyoga. This could account for the complacent nature of Yudhistra and explain why he bowed down to his uncle’s wishes all the time. And it also explains why the majority of Kings in Aryavarta at that time, allied with Duryodhana against the Pandavas. Krishna wields the political baton trying to forge alliances and strengthen the arms of his cousins to counter Jarasandha’s threat.
And I was shocked to read that Rukmini was kidnapped by Pradyumna. Wasn’t Rukmini the wife of Krishna and Pradyumna her son.
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As far as I know, Krishna’s dynasty is well documented in Bhagavatha Purana so much so that there is no confusion as to who his son, grandson or great grandson is for that matter. So why play around with it for no purpose?
Overall I think you could give this a miss unless you are keen to read another fantasy read about Mahabharata. View all 5 comments. Feb 14, RustyJ rated it really liked it Shelves: The rating is 3. 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 The rating is 3. 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 chronocles 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 chroniclds entrenched in our minds that to overcome them is a challenge.
Nevertheless, all chronices to the author for stretching our thinking to a different direction. That is the biggest achievement of the book and its greatest chroniicles 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. Aryavadta, I do wish the author had not tried to pack in so much into one volume – why restrict the series to three volumes?
The current work seems like a rushed job – you want more 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 more pages Maybe if the author had given it a few more months, it would have turned out to be far better than the already very good read that it is.
In conclusion, I like the book, the ideas and the perspectives and look forward to picking up the next in the series. May 17, Murali Neelakantan rated it it was amazing. 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.
Most of what one reads as the Mahabharata is a collection of a simplistic “good prevails over evil” stories that is probably meant for children. Krishna does exceptionally well to make it interesting for those who know the stereotypes but yearn for someone to conne 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.
Krishna does exceptionally well to make it interesting for those who know the stereotypes but yearn for someone to connect all the stories. The idea of a work of fiction based on existing works of faith and mythology is always a challenge when stereotypes built over centuries become sacred cows and any attempt at a different perspective risks being termed blasphemous.
In many ways her novel is so much like Bhimsen where the various characters of the mythology have complex personalities, showing up the simplistic uni – dimensional personalities which only work in the separate stories of the Mahabharata.
With more aspects to the personality of the various characters which she builds so exquisitely, she is able to weave a wonderful story, when many of the others have just been collections of incidents about central characters involved in the Mahabharata. I started reading the book expecting it to be a work of fiction based on the various stories surrounding the Mahabharata. Having read some of the works that she has used in her research, one cannot but be impressed by how she has assimilated so much research while at the same time not for a moment looking like the novel was just a mere re-mix of old tunes.
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When I read the author’s note at the beginning and her note on sources and methods at the end, I was not sure if this was a debutant seeking approval of her cchronicles and methods or if in some way, by presenting her hypothesis and research she expected this work to be an interpretation of the Mahabharata to impress the academics. Perhaps when she reads Amitav Ghosh, who did not impress me with a similar approach in Imam and the Indian, she will realise that an author needs to allow the readers to appreciate the work for what the end product is, not for the list of ingredients or the recipe, which the discerning ones will like to discover for themselves.
I do hope that she has more time and editorial resources to iron out the Indian English and have it proof read a few more times. Perhaps I am what many call, anal, but I cannot help wincing when I read “revert back” and “involuntary shiver”. I didn’t understand the use aryavarga Syoddhan and Vasusena as replacements for the more popular Duryodhana and Karna.
Just this would not be sufficient for her to be able to defend any charge that she was rewriting a religious text. She has set herself quite a aryvarta by promising us the second and third books of The Aryavarta Chronicles, which will keep many of us anxious for some time now while we still digest this wonderful feast aryavzrta she has just served up. Jul 16, Chitra rated it liked it Shelves: The author has done a great job with the world building. You could picture most of the landscapes and situations she wrote about and you gain a clear view of the palaces, grounds and the geography.
It is our own world but where the Kuru clan have the misogynistic views of Manu and his script not sure which time Manu is from. Women in India are akin to cattle and this is showcased brilliantly.
The die hard fans of the Mahabaratham might get annoyed at the change in characterisations but this was a very refreshing aspect for me. In fact, it was my favourite thing about this book.
Panchali Draupathi is a feminist but not in the true sense of the term. This is where the author showcases her wonderful command over the language and just how much better chroniclse is when compared to other writers who are trying to make it big by riding the mythology wave. I hope she writes non mythology soon. Not to mention that the sheer number of events and characters made me lose track. So I was left utterly bewildered as to what was going on.
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It was also dialogue heavy and if we cut out the unnecessary dialogues it would have been a good pages thinner. Please note that there are many changes in this book so if you are one who likes sticking to one version chdonicles a story, you may want to know this. I was just looking for a light enjoyable mythology read and this was too dense and heavy for me.