{Insta Book Review} Ajaya: Epic of the Kaurava Clan Book I

My interest in mythology has grown over the years. Right from hearing stories from my grandmother and mom to reading, listening to stories to discussing events related to our epics, mythology has always been an interest.

Mythological characters, their behaviour and the story tellers have had a deep impact on me and I have always questioned their rationale. Devdutt Pattanaik’s books offer an explanation to the curious mythology explorer. In my quest to discover interesting other books, Anand Neelakantan books were always recommended. I read Ajaya before his much acclaimed, first book- Asura.

The author explains the premise of his decision to write the book. I won’t spoil that for you.

The book had a lasting impression on me and made me question the origin of mythological stories. Suyodhan became a hero for me. I empathize with him. I understood his actions. I felt like a accomplice to his actions. Reading intensely can have that effect on you. The book, answered a lot of questions that I’ve always had. Bhisma Pitamaha who was always on the side of righteousness and always guarded the throne fought for Kauravas. It is said that the Kauravas stuck to their duties and though they are not respected, they were successful in attaining stairway to heaven. Contrary to most popular mythological stories, some even say that Pandavas never attained swarg and were doomed to die in hell. Perhaps, Suyodhan may have been the righteous kind. Perhaps Krishna as they say was a brilliant strategist and manipulator who lead the Pandavas for his own vested interests. Perhaps, the original storytellers provided an unbiased opinion and as years passed by, everyone had their own versions of the story and glorified who they thought would be the hero. So many questions…

To my disappointment the book ends just before the fated game of dice begins.. I have so many questions. Why did have to disrobe poor Draupadi. Β Was revenge everything that he sought?

After completing the book I felt like grabbing the second book ASAP. After googling for two minutes, I realised that the author hasn’t released the second part yet.

Awaiting the release of the second book impatiently..

Anand Neelakantan
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