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Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 kindle ☆ Paperback read ✓ krishna udayasankar ½ War is upon the realm but is Aryavarta prepared for what will follow As a bitter struggle begins to gain control of the divided empire that was once Aryavarta Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa of the FirstbWar is upon the realm but is Aryavarta prepared for what will follow As a bitter struggle begins to gain control of the divided empire that was once Aryavarta Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa of the Firstborn and the Secret Keeper of the Firewrights can only watch as their own blood their kin savage and kill on the fields of 18 days was what it took to redraw the entire landscape of ancient India according to Mahabharata A never before seen danse macabre was played out on the killing fields of Kurukshetra and the world was never the same again These 18 days have inspired countless artists and writers over the ages and provided fuel for their creative fires In the discourse of the Gita before the war Krishna tells Arjuna Now I am become Death the destroyer of worlds 18 days later you realize how much of foresight Krishna would had while telling the Pandava prince these words Reflect a bit on the Kurukshetra war and look beyond the grandilouent images action and larger than life characters while beneath all this lies a war fought in the name of three of the most sought after things power real estate and a woman A series of incidents centred around these three escalated to finally result in a cataclysmic war that left the survivors with ashes in their mouth In the third and concluding part of her series Krishna Udayasankar attempts her hand at recreating the Kurukshetra war and its aftermath To me this was amusing in a lesser measure and frustrating in greater part The best parts first Udayasankar’s Aryavarta chronicles capture the characters of the Mahabharata with a great degree of complexity Over the last three books she has laid down the groundwork for the characters and their intentions which all comes to a finale here While it does not capture all of the wide range of emotions these characters carry these books do not have a blue eyed gaze at the Pandavas the Kauravas or the other supporting characters They are portrayed as men and women of flesh and blood and not as gods and demi gods The third book is also relatively the best of the series in terms of the language employed Udayasankar writes in language which is neither too archaic nor too hip although she has the habit of overwriting at certain points which does harm than good This is all that I could think ofIf there is one thing that pissed me off about this series then it is the rambling In the midst of action the characters begin talking about moral philosophical and strategic nuances which can sometimes extend for three or pages at a stretch The funny thing is that once they come back from the conversation the earlier thread is nowhere to be seen Long and pointless conversations on the aspects of right and wrong only served to confuse me further and served no other purpose Next in a book that is about the granddaddy of all epic wars the reader expects a heavy focus on how the war was fought What I got instead was the author skipping over a lot of topics conveniently explaining off others and in general only serving a half plate of the offering For instance the first seven days of the war with Bhishma as the general are only hinted at until the time Shikhandi faces off with the aging patriarch and the times of Drona’s generalship also fares no better in terms of the storytelling The death of some of the key characters are only in the background the most notable being the deaths of Drona and Dushasana You only hear that they died and Udayasankar declines from giving us too many details of how it happened Then there is also the deus ex machina firewright technology The weapons employed during the war would have made a mere mortal wonder if they were of divine origin with the effects they produced This throws a challenge at the storyteller on how they want to explain the weapons Udayasankar takes the easier way out and has a wishy washy logic way by saying becausefirewright technology which in no way is satisfactory Also while the characters are complex enough their outlook on life and their mind sets speak differently None of the characters here have a mind set that stems from the Vedic period They all talk and think like individuals of the 20th century The external appearances of the characters are all in place but their core doesn’t lie in the right place or the right time Also the Mahabharata has a lot of focus on three women Kunti Panchali and Gandhari who act as the loci from which the entire forest of stories spread out In Udayasankar’s narrative there is only Draupadi and the others are mere shadowsAs a series I feel dissatisfied with this one The insanely long ramblings and the manifold diversions have driven me to the wall here Not recommended

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Kurukshetra Restraint and reason have deserted the rulers who once protected the land and they manipulate scheme and kill with abandon for victory is all that matters At the heart of the storm stands Govinda Shauri driven by fickle allies and failed kings to the very brink of darkness Reforging the forsaken realm in t For a series which began with a lot of potential Krishna Udayasankar’s “Aryabarta Chronicles” ended with a whimper Udayasankar still remains a good writer but her confusion regarding the direction in which she wanted her retelling to head ultimately spoiled the second and third book “Kurukshetra” as the name suggests largely focuses on the war Almost half the book is dedicated to the war while the other focuses on the politics and turmoil which led to it Predictably Udayasankar builds up the character of Abhimanyu playing the emotional card to highlight his tragic death Some of the best parts about this series have always come when Udayasankar uses her own re interpretation to remove the divine traits of a character Her reinterpretation of Ghatotkacha and rakshashas was enjoyable though not entirely unexpected Udayasankar doesn’t uite have the skills to make her battle scenes intriguing and the author herself seems to be aware about this The first few chapters of the battle seem hurried and she even skips first few days of the war fast forwarding to the seventh day It is unfair to expect a detailed account of the war in a 400 page book but when the primary subject matter deals with Kurukshetra it wouldn’t have hurt to dedicate a few chapters to the initial stages of the war Her discussion about battle strategies remains vague at best and there’s too much of the shadow of the TV serial when she talks about arrows cancelling out each other “Firewrights” which was a clever inclusion in the series so far has now become her ultimate fallback tactic Whenever Udayasankar doesn’t want to go deep into the mechanism of a weapon she conveniently uses the “but it is Firewright technology” theory Credit where it’s due Udayasankar does exceed herself in some of the Kurukshetra scenes especially the one with slaying of Jayadrath or Ghatotkacha episodeAnd then there are the philosophical discourses They slow down the narrative and often seem completely out of place I had to skip a few paras to avoid the same thing being said over and over again And why must there always be a long motivational monologue from the primary character before the battle starts Udayasankar also tries to insert an extra twist in Govinda’s tale in the last 2 chapters but it feels as if these two chapters belong to a different story and doesn’t gel with the ending If I compare this with the Meluha series Krishna Udayasankar is a significantly better writer than Amish Tripathy I know that’s not saying much But Amish was clear in his mind about his plot and how it will end Udayasankar on the other hand fails to keep the reader hooked and muddles up her plot

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Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3He fire of his apocalyptic wrath he is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice of them all for the sake of one last hope that humanity will rise that there will be revolution The spectacular entrancing final episode of The Aryavarta Chronicles recreates the world of the Mahabharata with formidable power and imaginatio The secret to building a city a citadelanything really is to keep the foundations complex but the structures simpleThis is the uote from this book and Krishna Udayashankar did exactly that Following the epic Mahabharata the author gave a whole new perspective to the story She forgot Gods threw out magic and painted the Mahabharata in mundane human life There was no magic Everything was science Every action had meaning Even the irrelevance of certain characters in the original epic is beautifully handled here I liked the book for its detailing its philosophical banter its scientific explanation and finally its epic ending I admit that I found the book dragging at places But what kept me going was my curiosity As to how the author will handle certain instances in the original epic I was rarely disappointed She did justice to every characters every instances and managed to bring through some political intrigue also She was never parsimonious in her imaginations She used to its full extent in the narrative Her telling is a refulgent retelling of the story Those who likes the epic will find this book enjoyable