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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Anand Neelakantan

A couple of instances: But these are minor quibbles. Dec 18, Samarpita Sharma rated it really liked it.

In the Lost City of Sri Krishna. Had it been a fictional account, or even historical account of these aspects, it would have been a good read. It is true today. The best thing about the book is the promise of the premise – that of the view point of the vilified, the Kauravas. Anand also writes a column for New Indian Express on current affairs and his fortnightly column is called Acute Angle.

Anand has depicted how story could be if Suyodhana was not an evil person.

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Retrieved 22 April So far so good. One, Duryodhana or Suyodhana for the author, is amand as innocent, meek, shy, and kind person to the extent that he is even unwilling to shoot the bird on the tree during the training session, which is unlikely of princes or kings who invariably did gaming for fun.


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Their relationship was that of a lord and vassal through and through. You couldn’t be more wrong. I always admired Duryodhan more than Yudhistir let alone the Vastraharan and Karna more than Arjun who relied on Krishna for his victories! We dont get the passionate, full-blooded, impetuous, benevolent and just man, which Duryodhana was even sjaya Vyasa’s Mahabharata. This has made me realize how open minded and tolerant we are as culture and race.

I just completed reading Ajaya: And I am not disappointed with this book at all. Its as simple as that.

It’s a Goodbye Good-riddance to Anand Neelakantan from me here. The neelakqntan 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.

The Mahabharata itself reads like a great sword and sorcery novel and Ajaya ups the ante, it is every bit as thrilling and wonderful as anything Tolkein wrote, and even has elements that will appeal to fans of Game of Thrones. Jan 19, Rohit Sharma rated it it was neelqkantan. In summary, this books over dramatises, twists events simply so that the Kauravas can be painted as righteous I am not saying they weren’t and the Pandavas as evil again, I am not saying they weren’tis marred by poor execution, inconsistent characterisation, errors in the story etc.

Karna, son of a humble charioteer, travels to the South to study under the foremost Guru of the day and become the greatest archer in the land.

Some of the Karna retellings have done the same thing, absolving Karna completely of any wrongdoing. I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I read something like Bhim calling Suyodhan a “Blind fool, Son of a blind fool”, howsoever hatred he may have for his father in his heart, this is impossible. Well done Anand Neelakandan There are events that are inconsistent too! He has tried to prove that nwelakantan society then was highly unjust to the people born in the lower strata of it.


He has been working with Indian Oil Corporation since Somehow I am unable to get my head around this fact. Dec 11, Vikas Datta rated it really liked it. He may have fought the war, but he repeatedly had doubts,and after the war, all the Pandavas had their doubts.

That goes to show that our society is truly liberal Anand Neelakantan also had signed with The producers of Baahubali, the blockbuster film for a 3 book Series based on their film Baahubali and the series will be a prequel to the film.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Neelakantan parallels with the present day or the roots of present day malaises are well-done though a ajaaya overdone. The superstitions and hypocrisy of the society then reflects how little we, as humans, have actually developed over time. Poets became paid copywriters to glorify the carnage. A fantastic, interesting and engrossing read to learn an insight of Mahabharata in an entirely different perspective.

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