Book Review: Ajaya: Anand Neelakantan



Ajaya, Epic of the Kaurava Clan, (Book 1) Roll of the Dice by Anand Neelakantan is a book which illustrates the celebrated rapscallion of Mahabharata, Suyodhana recognized more universally as Duryodhana, in a chalk and cheese facet from the indomitable Kaurava’s point of view, who were ruined to the very last man over the more widespread account of Pandava’s.

Duryodhana, the eldest descendant among the Kaurava Clan, the lead character is with precise aims, open-minded, compassionate, a progressive scholar, a thinker, affectionate as well as tough man and good actions, is not the baddie and there are no idols or offspring’s of deities in the tale and is not in relation to the conflict for terrain or empire but is in fact the tale about India ruined by the class structure and how it was obliterating the nation from inside.

The volume starts with Bhishma, the gracious patriarch of Hastinapura, belligerent to uphold the concord of his realm and how his deeds pedestal on his philosophy, in fact bear out off beam for others when he nearly compelled Gandhari to be get married to canopy Dhritarashtra where in the shade of the throne stood Kunti, the Dowager sovereign, a tough as well as shrewd mother fiery with dream to witness her firstborn grow to be the monarch, accepted by all.

Amidst the bedlam, Prince Suyodhana, successor of Hastinapura, stands tall, resolute to assert his bequest and perform according to his ethics who is the creator of his individual fate or so he considers even as in the strips of the Hastinapura citadel, an alien Prince conspires to devastate India.

What on earth he had to act was in retort to the operates from the opposing end save for at the similar instant he is immature as well as innocent with his uncle Shakuni visibly manoeuvre him to take his reprisal on Bhisma. His rout in the dispense of Pandavas do not establish that he was the desperado and Pandava’s were champions.

As we look into into the sheets, we approach to an awareness that, Bhishma wasn’t all good, Karna was in fact neglected and was further of an worthy man than portrayed previously and that there were extremely essential motives at the back of each lone act that we seize as a broad line of the narrative.

The truth that no one is made of simply light or barely dark is dyed over and over again as we perceive the glowing faces of the customary rogues of the account and the gloom inside our idols with the writer well depict the frame of mind, way of life in addition to class dominancy of the Mahabharata era in the course of a string of pre mêlée sweet-talks with deeds that root the classic to unfurl in the initial consign, the idea why it was put up at first and how it find misread after over the period of time when one class turn out to be the foe of another instead of the truth that one could not live devoid of the other.

In this retelling, the dharma of the Pandava’s is not concerning obligation or fairness but is in reality regarding firmly as well as obediently tagging on caste system where their adversaries, on the other hand, are the classless Kaurava’s, embodied mostly by Suyodhana, who believe in sameness, individual worth with deeds, help to the deprived and so on.

The truth that Arjuna was not the first to triumph the challenge in attaining Draupadi, but rather Karna, ruler of Anga who prevail in it with the reality that Krishna twisted loathing towards Suyodhana and affection for Arjuna in the mind of Shubadhra as also the actuality that pedestal on Vedic edicts a lady can just wed four blokes and past that, would name her a prostitute, but for the sake of not forming discord among the Pandava’s, that tenet was ignored.

Furthermore in the branch, Parashurama, the inscrutable sage of the potent Southern accomplice, bides his moments to seize over and inflict his force as of peaks to deep-seas. Ekalavya, a youthful Nishada, longs to split open of class precincts and develop into a combatant. Karna, descendant of a meek charioteer, moves to the South to learn under the leading maharishi of the day and turn into the best archer in the territory.

Balarama, the enigmatic head of the Yadavas, ideas of edifying the great capital by the sea and glimpse his populace wealthy and pompous once more. Takshaka, rebel boss of the Nagas, stir up a riot by the oppressed as he lolls in wait in the forests of India, where endurance is the mere dharma. Shakuni, we observe, as a fully unlike spirit, tall, attractive and handsome. Jara, the tramp, and his canopy dog Dharma, strolls the filthy roads of India, spectator to folks and dealings far bigger than they, as the Pandava’s and the Kaurava’s meet head-on their intense providence.

The volume finishes with a call for Draupadi to be offered to the Kaurava Clan where her upshot reclines in their dispense.

The author has written the classic as of a total fresh slant which had seized a baddie and places him in a new light for us, prepared him affable as well as important with the temperaments are alike save for all one of them is an unlike hue of grey. As far as inscription fashion is concerned, it is without doubt overt with the thrill in his characters.

On paper with fervour, the writers words as well as unfolding is crispy with his outlook can be portrayed as deep-seated as he seize us on the trip to query our idols and offer a opening to the other personalities to elucidate their circumstances, their point of view and their impasse that fetches a firm sparkle to the identical old yarn that every Indian has matured up understanding.

On the whole a far-fetched, as well as incredibly riveting out of the ordinary interpret with finely articulated lettering and an admirable design with a few immense modules with insights on existence that is equally captivating as well as invigorating thrill, with devoutness and marvels connected with the heroic shown in a coherent style.

Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 456 ♥ Published: December 2013 ♥ Publisher: Platinum Press ♥ ISBN 13: 9789381576038 ♥ Language: English