Book: Ajaya: Epic of the Kaurava Clan -Roll of the Dice: Book 1

Front_ Ajaya_cover_final_4-10-2013 (1)After falling in love with RAVANA and BADRA, I think now it’s time to add few more people in the list. Trends are not just in movies, It is catching up with Novels too.. Didn’t get it, antagonist are more smarter than the protagonist like  Amir Khan, Sonu Sood etc etc.  isn’t it such a coincidence that Starplus is also screening Mahabharata and you see so much of difference in perceptive of looking at characters from this book and the Serial.

Like many others, I was waiting for the release of  ‘Ajaya, Roll of the Dice’. The book is worth the wait. Now waiting for the part II.

Book Details

Title: Ajaya – Epic Of The Kaurava Clan: Roll Of The Dice
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
Author: Anand Neelakantan
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 9381576033
EAN: 9789381576038
No. of Pages: 456

About the Book: Ajaya: Epic of the Kaurava Clan -Roll of the Dice: Book 1

THE MAHABHARATA ENDURES AS THE GREAT EPIC OF INDIA. But while Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra; Ajaya is the narrative of the ‘unconquerable’ Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man.

At the heart of India’s most powerful empire, a revolution is brewing. Bhishma, the noble patriarch of Hastinapura, is struggling to maintain the unity of his empire. On the throne sits Dhritarashtra, the blind King, and his foreign-born Queen – Gandhari. In the shadow of the throne stands Kunti, the Dowager-Queen, burning with ambition to see her firstborn become the ruler, acknowledged by all.

And in the wings:

* Parashurama, the enigmatic Guru of the powerful Southern Confederate, bides his time to take over and impose his will from mountains to ocean.

* Ekalavya, a young Nishada, yearns to break free of caste restrictions and become a warrior.

* Karna, son of a humble charioteer, travels to the South to study under the foremost Guru of the day and become the greatest archer in the land.

* Balarama, the charismatic leader of the Yadavas, dreams of building the perfect city by the sea and seeing his people prosperous and proud once more.

* Takshaka, guerilla leader of the Nagas, foments a revolution by the downtrodden as he lies in wait in the jungles of India, where survival is the only dharma.

* Jara, the beggar, and his blind dog Dharma, walk the dusty streets of India, witness to people and events far greater than they, as the Pandavas and the Kauravas confront their searing destinies.

Amidst the chaos, Prince Suyodhana, heir of Hastinapura, stands tall, determined to claim his birthright and act according to his conscience. He is the maker of his own destiny – or so he believes. While in the corridors of the Hastinapura palace, a foreign Prince plots to destroy India. And the dice falls…

My Review:

The book begins with introduction of Suyodhana.  He we can see how the real name has been changed and popularized as Duryodhana , that how we know the Kauravas as. temple built for him in Kerala.  Each character is listed and relationship with other character are explained. I liked this idea, It takes out lots of confusions and makes it clear for new readers too.  Like in Asura, here too Kauravas fight for equality, against caste system etc etc. I think for the Benefit of making Kauravas the heros, the main Sin committed by them, Disrobing  Draupadi is Omitted by the author.  I am not going into details of each episode written, as We all know most of it, and if i tell out, then most of the interesting parts of the story would be out.

Otherwise, the book is simple and yet another try of Anand to portray an Antagonist as Protagonist.  several incidents are created to show the same. and of course few of the original are omitted to justify . Over all a first-rate try.  A good book for epic fans, as it has a different perspective to the told and re-told epic.

About the Author: Anand Neelakantan

I Was Born in a Quaint little village called Thripoonithura, on the outskirts of Cochin, Kerala. Located east of mainland Ernakulam, across Vembanad Lake, this village had the distinction of being the seat of the Cochin royal family. However, it was more famous for its 100-odd temples, the various classical artists it produced, and its school of music. I remember many an evening listening to the faint rhythm of the chendas coming from the temples, and the notes of the flute escaping over the rugged walls of the music school. However, Gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of Cochin, have wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old-world charm. The village has evolved into the usual, unremarkable, suburban hellhole-clones of which dot India. Growing up in a village with more temples than was necessary, it was little wonder that mythology fascinated me. Ironically, I was drawn to the anti-heroes. My own life went on? I became an engineer, joined the Indian Oil Corporation, moved to Bangalore, married Aparna, and welcomed my daughter Ananya, and son, Abhinav. However, the voices of yore refused to be silenced in my mind. I felt impelled to narrate the stories of the vanquished and the damned; and give life to those silent heroes who have been overlooked in our uncritical acceptance of conventional renderings of our epics. This is Anands second book and follows the outstanding success of his national #1 bestseller, ASURA Tale of the Vanquished (Platinum Press 2012). Ajaya Book II, Rise of Kali, is due for release later in 2014. Anand can be reached at: