Anand Neelkantan’s Asura is one of my favourite books of mythological fiction genre. It was the first book of this genre that I’d read and I was mighty impressed with it. It deserved all the accolades that it has received over the time and ever since then I was looking forward to his next book. Thanks for the publishers who were kind enough to send me a review copy of the book. Ajaya is the Book 1 of the Epic Of Kaurava Clan series and once again the author has managed to impress me with the way he has penned down the entire book.
Mahabharata, as we all know is the greatest epic of all times. Fiddling with it takes loads of guts and rewriting anything related to it and that too convincingly is something that shows the power that Neelkantan’s writing has. Ajaya is the narrative of the unconquerable Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man in the battle of Kurukshetra. The story has been told from Kauravas perspective, their dilemmas, hunger for power, to prove their supremacy, the dirty games played by people around them, a lot of it has been summarised in some 400 pages of this book. A lot of this book will test the perspective of the reader because almost all of us are invariably in the favour of Pandavas and have always been.
The book won’t convince you in parts and will make you question author’s intentions as well but considering the fact that this is the first book of a trilogy, I stopped myself from drawing conclusions from it. As far as the writing goes, Anand’s writing is simple, to the point and easy to sail through. His writing makes you forget that you are reading fiction and makes you believe in the story that he is narrating. Overall, the book is worth giving a shot and I am definitely going to complete the trilogy so as to know and understand the imagination and intention of the author.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Leadstart Publications
Genre : Fiction/Mythology/Epic
Price : Rs. 299/-