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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She considers this work a logical interpretations to the symbolic happenings as mentioned in the original work of Vyas. Another notable feature is the human like behavior of the characters whom we always have considered god-like. All in all – an average read.

I was frankly, not looking for it, to hit the levels of “Jaya” by Devdutt Patnaik a personal favorite in terms of Mahabharat based storiesbut I was expecting something riveting, knowing that it was to be from Lord Krishna’s view.

Perhaps, if we manage to perfect our longing for death, we may even become immortal When I purchased the book at Thiruvananthapuram airport for reading on my flight, I aryaarta hoped it to chronifles the fantasy genre.

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. It is so perceptible that one almost can see it happening as a showreel.

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The characters could have been delved into in greater depth and detail, events described and analysed in more pages I would like to congratulate author for presenting the legends in such life-like way. As mighty powers hurtle towards a bloody conflict, Govinda Shauri, cowherd-turned-prince and now Commander of the armies of Dwaraka, must use all his cunning to counter deception and treachery if he is to protect his people and those whom he loves.

My first exposure to this mega story came via the Amar Chitra Katha comic books, then as I read the C.

As the occurences were passed from one generation to the other the events acquired more of mysticism and heroism around them and ordinary people who did extra ordinary karma became legends. Feb 19, Atula Gupta rated it really aryavara it. Anyways, Krishna Udyasankar really does great job in her aryavarta chronicles.

The author has done a great job with the world building. Adds to the immersion.

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There are soooooooo many names, people,events etc this leaves aryvarta reader clueless. And boy, was I delighted I chose to read this. And before I start reviewing the book, thanks to a very good friend of mine who got this book for me, in fact gifted it to me. Even with pages, this book is not a drag but fast-paced.

Book Review: The Aryavarta Chronicles, Book 1: Govinda – Rain From A Stranger

Read if you want to know xryavarta what and why of the tale we know as Mahabharata. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The plot of Firstborn and Firstwright is an interesting take but I found it to be forcefit here.


She has cited the numerous references that she has used in order to curate the story in her series at the end of each book. With Jeet Thayil too on the scene, Im pretty sure this is gonna be the Literary Lovers selection for an epic retelling. Finally, some class in writing from an Indian in the recent times. 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.

The rating is 3. But surprise awaited me at every turn of the page. Moreover, the humor content adds exuberance to the overall book.

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aryavarrta Its a little variant in pace, not always a bad thing. It was only very recently that Ashok Banker gave it a befitting name — The forest of stories. Aug 26, Anjali rated it liked it. Just finished reading the last page of the book: Contrary to popular opinion i didn’t find the characters well developed or even starting to develop except mostly govinda, shikhandin and to some extent panchali.

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