Every time, I read his books, I begin to think, what if they were real? When I read Mahabharata as a Kid, Duryodhana’s character was introduced as ‘Suyodhana’. Anand Neelakantan is an Indian author. His debut novel was Asura, tale of the vanquished, was among the bestsellers of and he was rated as the most. Read Ajaya book reviews & author details and more at Free delivery Ajaya (Telugu) Paperback – 15 Oct by Anand Neelakantan (Author).
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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: Amidst the chaos, Prince Suyodhana, heir of Hastinapura, anznd tall, determined to claim his birthright and act according to his conscience. He is the maker of his own destiny — or so he believes. Neflakantan in the corridors of the Hastinapura palace, a foreign Prince plots to destroy India. And the dice falls… PaperbackMass market Paper backpages. Epic of the Kaurava Clan 1.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ajayaplease sign up. Anand Neelakantan The book is in editing stage. May be by November. See all 9 questions about Ajaya…. Lists with This Book. Dec 15, Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it Shelves: There are always two sides to a story and depending upon the narrator, one gets to live the story the way the narrator sees it. Zjaya no one does it better than Anand Nelakantan.
The superstitions and hypocrisy of the society then reflects how little we, as humans, have actually developed over time. His view can be described as radical as he takes us on the journey to question our heroes and give a chance to the other characters to explain their situation, their point of view and their dilemmas. I love the fact that he encourages and makes us question everything that we know about Mahabharata and its cast. At the same time he brings certain freshness to the same old story that every Indian has grown up reading.
I will be eagerly waiting for the next installment. Dec 09, Anshul Dixit rated it it was amazing Shelves: Like almost everyone else, I grew up worshipping Pandavas and Krishna. They were my heroes.
I remember how as a kid I used to make bow and arrows from sticks and pretend to be Arjuna. So, I was a little skeptical when I picked this book. But having read the first book by the same author AsuraI wanted to give him a chance. And he didn’t disappoint at all! By the time I reached the end of the first part, second part has not yet releasedI began questioning everything that I knew about Mahabh Like almost everyone else, I grew up worshipping Pandavas and Krishna.
By the time I reached the end of the first part, second part has not yet releasedI began questioning everything that I knew about Mahabharata.
Ajaya: Roll of the Dice
Suddenly, Pandavas and Krishna are no longer the heroes, and Duryodhana Suyodhana and Kauravas are no longer the villains I thought them to be. They are all mere human beings, with shades of grey. The only reason Duryodhana is considered a villain is because he lost the war, and with neelaakantan his image.
After all, history is written by victors and the losers are always remembered the way victors portray them. View all 3 comments. Mar 01, Avanthika rated it it was amazing.
Why it is always the ones who are defeated tagged “villains” while the winners are always the heroes? Why losers are ridiculed all through-out the pages of history? Pandavas fought for a kingdom which did not belong to them at first place, they gambled their wife away in the gambling-court of men, they broke and deceived all the rules of the greatest war which was ironically named the Dharma-yudh.
And they emerged as the heroes of history. Kauravas, the righteous heirs of the throne of Hastinap Why it is always the ones who are defeated tagged “villains” while the winners are always the heroes? Kauravas, the righteous heirs of the throne of Hastinapur, waited and waited and waited, only to be tagged as evils in the pages of history. I always admired Duryodhan more than Yudhistir let alone the Vastraharan and Karna more than Arjun ajayq relied on Krishna for his victories!
If the Kauravas are not the righteous, then why did Bhishma, Vithur, Kripacharya, Dronacharya and Karna take their side in the Kurushetra war? Hats off to the writer for bringing them into the picture.
The cold war between Kunthi and Gandhaari, I loved it. The book ends with stupid Yudhistir gambling away all he had which includes his puppet brothers and common wife Draupati while the foreigner Sakuni watches the scene with a glee. Jan 08, Sriniket Raghavan rated it it was ok. I was quite disappointed ajzya it actually.
I went into the book expecting a saga of family and politics minus the divinity and righteousness. Jan 20, Jaideep Khanduja rated it really liked it. Roll of Dice by Anand Neelakantan is the second book from the same author that I have read and reviewed.
The story of Ravana and his People was an excellent read that was quite engrossing and proved Anand to be an excellent writer who does extensive research before writing his book and takes his own time to sip and d http: The story of Ravana and his People was an excellent read that was quite engrossing and proved Anand to be an excellent writer who does extensive research before writing his book and takes his own time to sip and drink to finish the bottle with no hurry.
Anand loves to touch Indian mythical and epic stories with a totally different kind of touch to provide an entirely different perspective but not without doing his homework well with good amount of research in his subject. And neelakamtan is where I started closely following Anand to find out about his next ventures. This is the first time any author has got so many posts on my blog.
It has been an excellent journey for me with Anand Neelakantan. The story is based on anajd Indian mythological epic story Mahabharata but has been presented in a very different manner. Duryodhana has been presented as a positive character whom so far we have always seen as the biggest villain and most negative characters in all TV serials based on Mahabharata and almost all the books so far written on the same subject.
So far neekakantan to this book we have found innocent Pandavas as victims in the hands of Kauravas who are presented as crooked and cunning in all their deeds. That is the strength of Anand Neelakantan to take huge challenges of changing the main characters to their extremities and presenting it so well that the reader almost get engrossed in such a way that the whole outlook about the character that was there in the mind changes by degrees.
As far as writing style of Beelakantan is concerned, it is undoubtedly and unchallenged. He has the ajayaa of creating big picture and then taking to the journey with the magic of his writing to extreme depths.
Whatever he had to do was in response to the acts from the opposite end. His defeat in the hands of Pandavas does not prove that he was the villain and Pandavas were heroes. Anand Neelakantan even took the challenge of playing with the characterization in a different style. We all read so far, for instance, about Shakuni, as a short, harsh and not too good appearing character. So is with many other characters. We saw Bhadra in his earlier book ASURA as one of the main characters who is born from nowhere but plays a substantial role in the whole book.
The same neelakantann in AJAYA too, here we find a character Jara, a beggar, along with his blind dog Dharma and has played a substantial role in the book. Overall a very interesting read with some great lessons and insights on life. For instance a conversation happening between Karna and Kripacharya xjaya pages is excellent in learning about the caste system, the purpose why it was built initially and how it got misinterpreted subsequently over the period of time when one caste became the enemy of another instead of the reality that one could not survive without the other.
Though there are many excellent quotes in the book, one out of them I would like to place here on life what Acharya Kripa told to Karna after saving him from a suicidal attemp – “Life is a gamble. You do not know how the dice will fall. But once they have, how you move the pieces is in your hands. After all they both were the servants in the kingdom and were paid for their services.
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It cannot happen even in today’s scenario, how could that happen in those times? And finally there is a proof reading mistake on page 15 when “few” is used twice in a sentence. A fantastic, interesting and engrossing read to learn an insight of Mahabharata in an entirely different perspective. Jun 01, Rashmi Chendvankar rated it it was amazing. The greatest achievement of Anand’s books is that they trained our minds to see the other perspective And people have embraced his books with both their hands That goes to show that our society is truly liberal We openly accept the other perspective even on epics which have been ingrained in the common neelakatnan of the society for thousands of years And he says that his lates The greatest achievement of Anand’s books is that they trained our minds to see the other perspective And he says that his latest book Ajaya is a tribute to Vyasa – thats so true – because Vyasa originally painted his characters in grey – years and years of interpolations made them black and white Anand has actually revived the true spirit of the Mahabharat which ajay never a goody goody tale – it was actually a harsh take on human nature – and human life