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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All in all – an average read.
The Aryavarta Chronicles
Govinda is the title. But due to some events the Firstborns decide to destroy the whole lineage of Fire wrights. Govinda is not a book for those who believe Krisha to be the Immortal God. The characterization is also another plus point as the author presents a complex story with a multi-POV structure and with many characters vastly different from those presented in the original texts.
A tremendous battle is hinted at and as soon as you snap your fingers, it is over. I have never read such a powerful writing from any other indian author when it comes to mythology sub fantasy genre. The book treats all characters as ordinary humans n gives good knowledge on what events n politics hd transpired before the Mahabharata war took place. The fate of the humanity rests upon their hands.
The plot is intriguing but somehow it failed to capture my interest.
Book Review: The Aryavarta Chronicles, Book 1: Govinda – Rain From A Stranger
They are mythical chrinicles, but ordinary all the same. I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you! What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Having been a huge fan of the new wave of mythological retelling, I had been looking forward to the release of ” The Aryavarta Chronicles “.
Feb 05, Curonicles Jaketia rated it really liked it. However, the execution of this powerful concept did not leave much of an aftertaste.
The epic has been etched in our memories with the excellent TV I usualy donot review books unless I get totally moved by it, or feel the sense of longing to want more. Though in comparison to such a great epic, holding a series of enormous events weaving larger than life characters, this book does not contain even a minute portion. A typical conversation that I had with my mind went like this: When I read the book, I too began keeping in mind that this was after all written by a first timer.
Fate brought them under strange circumstances when never in their wildest dreams they decided to opt for politics or lust for kingdom. I have read the first two books of the epic before, but I ordered all three books anyway. The book was published in and is available in paperback.
Even the minutest detail has been explained with the figment of imagination satiating the curiosity of the readers goes in par excellence of the mature writing exhibited in this book. Finally, some class in writing from an Indian in the recent times. Alf Hiltbeitel states this of her beauty: While he doesn’t precisely yearn for Panchali, there is a heavy attraction there to the other Krishna.
May 24, Ritwika Chakraborty rated it really liked it.
The only thing that fascinated me in this book was Yudhistra’s admission to Draupadi that Duryodhana and his brothers were probably the rightful heirs of Kuru empire. All this in the backdrop there is race among the vassals to rule over the Aryavrat. There has been a decades long conflict going on between the Firewrights and the order of the Xryavarta, a priestly order that has been leading various nations in matters of theology, politics and social structure.
The argavarta gently prodded you to dare to think on a different term. Contrary to popular opin After the great success of the shiva trilogy a lot of new authors have found confidence to draw from indian mythologies and make a attempt at historical fiction.
Book Review: The Aryavarta Chronicles, Book 1: Govinda
Trivia About Govinda The Arya There were a few areas where I felt the description was too heavy, but that’s just me! So what is the most striking feature of this book; and I aryavartta say the premise. Govinda Shuri, a cowherd turned prince and Commander of the armies of Dwarka — and is a master of strategy, statecraft, tactics — plots a sharp political plan which takes a political milegae by aligning with Pandava Pandava in turn are denied throne of Hastinapur by Dhuryodhana on extremely untenable ground that their father Pandu was an impotent against his arch-enemy Jarasandh who is politically aligned to Dhuryodhana.
There are so many loose ends here that I surely hope the author ties them all up before the trilogy is done with. Perhaps I am what chroonicles call, anal, but I cannot help wincing when I read “revert back” and “involuntary shiver”.
Was the massacre of FireWrights justified? The story is a de-divinised Manahabharata.
Women in India are akin to cattle and this is showcased brilliantly. Aug 26, Anjali rated it liked it. Very poor story telling. Even with the well known plot, the realistic characterization and few twists here and there chrojicles this book a delicious page-turner.
The plot of Firstborn and Firstwright is an interesting take but I found it to be forcefit here. Procrastination of the sequel is a sheer torture. One person found this helpful. The author should be commended, first off, in even thinking of tackling an epic the stature of “The Mahabharata”. Govinda is a story about the struggle for power, the need to reign supreme and the eternal fight for honor and love. The writing skills of the author has to be commended, the writing is crisp with right set of words and enough visual representations described whenever and wherever needed, probably the best Indian writing I have read so far.