Ajaya: Roll of The Dice Novel review

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Starting with the review, it’ll be important to familiarize yourself with the following:th

  1. More of a descriptive take, rather than to conjure up a story with dialogues.
  2.  Not a good feeling while reading this novel knowing that the good guys were actually the bad guys.
  3. The whole concept of Pandavas being bastards is like a spitting in the face. Kunti is shown in bad light as the author says she has to go to bed with 3 different men, with the permission of her husband. Same is the case with Madri.
    As the major characters like Krishna and Pandavas have been stained with cruel background stories, it is baffling to tell whether the author actually has respect for the good things ensued after Mahabharata or not.
  4.  Purity of body and spirit can always be read in almost every chapter. And Pandavas and the Brahmins are seen cursing the untouchables and reminding themselves of purifying their body and spirit. But what the author was trying to say was maybe they were so immersed into getting the scriptures in to their lives that they wholly forgot the sole reason of existence of the same. That, purity of mind never crossed their mind. That is what should be taken from this context.
  5.  Author’s views on Pandavas genetic fathers, Draupadi’s marriage- even time period with every husband is wrong. Its 6 months rather than one year as mentioned in the novel. But that can be understood, after all it’s a novel. But the author doesn’t wait doing just that. He says Kunti “permits” only Bhima to marry a rakshasi (in other words; a demon) because Bhima himself was born from a forest dweller, when the good old pages of Mahabharata say otherwise. He writes that, when he overlooks the incidents behind the story of this marriage. 

Bhima fights his opponent, Hidimba; a rakshas and kills him. Long story short he has to marry the rakshasa’s sister Hidimbaa. The author couldn’t even get the spelling right. (He made it, Hidumbi. Also, making Yudhishtra as against Yudhishtir)

  1. Anand falls madly in love of the Kauravas. The gamut of his obstinacy or blasphemy (whichever it is) is so wide that he creates a story where all Suyodhana does is good and all the Pandavas do is bad.

So as to speak honestly, such novels with their crazy ideas are changing the course of history, mythology and everything we believe in. Such books will affect the youngsters the most, for youngsters will place them as ideals because of the fanciness of the storytelling & alterations in the these holy stories, and those will be the words they’ll breath.

These books inevitably will destroy everything we (Hindu’s) believe in.

  1. The author mentions in intro that he is attracted towards villains. It doesn’t matter if he shows Suyodhana as a good person, it is provocative when Pandavas and Krishna are displayed as being cruel, manipulative of the dharma and the scriptures, when they were not.

The Final Word:

Anand Neelkanthan is a good writer, but he makes damn difficult to judge his book. The story does not have any importance, first because it is exactly opposite of Mahabharata and secondly because of the nasty feature of Pandavas and Krishna. But, yes, he has somehow come on top to contrive his story because of his knack of storytelling. But when a battle scene comes, I always drift on to this thought that, “Amish Tripathi would’ve done so much more with them.” He depicts battle scenes like how Sanjaya; the secretary and commentator of blind king Dhritarashtra would have described. But apart from that, amidst the mess he created, his work can be read. For this particular novel, the gaffes surpass the goodies. I’ll go with 1.5/5 for the distress that it is.

It’s vital whose story you tell, but it’s pivotal how you tell it.

For fools are we, for buying such books and a fool is he for believing every word he’s writing.

Scion Of Ikshvaku Novel Review: Harbinger of a perfect society

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Amish Tripathi himself is a legacy, recreating the mythology and telling a story never told before. With Shiva trilogy, containing the age of Mahadev; the destroyer and with this new book comes a retelling of the age of a Vishnu; the propagator of good. Before I continue, I’d specially mention that this is a work of fiction and be looked at as so. This debut novel, in the Ram Chandra Series marks the significant task to be carried out by Ram, giving more emphasis on Ram’s birth, his education, his good deeds when in power, and a hasty effort to show his life during the period of his fourteen year exile.IMG_20150629_141145

The story is derived from the life of Lord Ram, Maryada Purushottam; a true follower of rules, is depicted in a whole new story through Scion Of Ikshvaku. There have been a few alterations from the life of Lord Ram, which obviously are a source of apathy for the reader. Like the battle in Karachapa, on the exact day on which Ram was born, between Dasharath and Raavan. The somber effect of the one sided defeat of Dasharath, the emperor of Sapt Sindhu, ensued by the persistent times for the Prince Ram and his affection to following the laws, lands him in the Dandakaryana forest in the fourteen year exile.

There hasn’t been given much of a thought while writing about the training of Ram, Bharat, Lakshman and Shatrughan(originally Shatrughna), which is again dull phase in the book. Though there are instances where Guru (teacher) Vashistha bestows knowledge on the four princes. A few philosophical conversations between Ram and Guru Vashistha are a notable part of this book. This novel goes about in a peculiar way and I, for one, am not able to understand the intricate manner in which the characters have behaved about the conspiracies. Though this was an actual part of what happened according to the Puranas; containing the mythology, it didn’t seem to leave the impact, the way Puranas did.

Being a fictional story, it doesn’t seem to induce the reader. Nevertheless, this is not just intriguing storytelling, but captivating because of the magnificent knack of Amish and intricately woven storyline. Ram’s study on the Smriti’s and the laws drawn from them. His clinging on to the laws even when Roshni, his rakhi-sister falls prey to the atrocious acts of Dhenuka, an arrogant boy, killing her ruthlessly. Character development has been in place though there’s much difference between this story and the one from the Puranas, which is hard to believe at the first instance. But there are moments like that of Sita’s Swayanwar; an ancient practice of choosing a husband; when it is fiction that alleviates the efficacy of real events.

The Final Word:

The author tries too hard to build a story emphasizing on persistent times for the protagonist to come out as a person of notable character, but fails impeccably to focus on the pragmatic display of events following. Amish strives to give in an extra effort to make the climax more thrilling, making for the tumble while not holding the façade to its opulence. It appears as though the only memorable piece was the reverential character of Lord Ram, along with Lady Sita, Lord Lakshman and the philosophical touch that kept it alive. For me it was 3.5/5

Om Vishnave Namah;

The universe bows to Lord Vishnu

I bow to Lord Vishnu.