The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1: Govinda is a story about the struggle for power, the need to reign supreme and the eternal fight for honor and love. The book is. 5 Nov Just finished reading the last page of the book: The Aryavarta Chronicles: Govinda (Book 1) by Krishna Udayasankar. Coincidentally she is. 22 Dec For example, Govinda Shauri is not the lovable, incurable romantic as we all have seen him so far but a strategic, consummate statesman and kingmaker.

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With chtonicles bold and enticing writing, Udayshankar has managed to bind all the characters in her story in a way that makes it clear, easy and special. A concept that looks beyond the mythical setting and chronicpes a tale of the transformation of a human – a mere mortal into a legend. Book reviewMahabharata.

Could say, this looks like an Indian Game of thrones series with all the political machinations, different story threads.

This definitely does bring about a sense of subtleness in the inspiration from Mahabharata. Govindz, by the end of the book you do get a sense of familiarity with the plot w. If only chapters were designed such a way that we only get to read particular chapter in particular POV Like game of thronesbook would have become more fluid and smooth.

It’s the ultimate fight of Govinda’s life as he uses all his cunning and wit to thwart the attempts of deception, betrayal and treachery to protect the lives of the innocent people of his kingdoms and those of loved and dear ones. This site uses cookies. The story begins in the past and introduces a land that is slowly decaying from within.

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Here, Karna or Vasusen is a vassal King of Hastinapura and that is pretty much about him. Govinda is an enigma, who u cannot decipher.


At the end, I would just say that I am really excited to pick up the second book after the events that startled me at the climax of the first one. The epic has been etched in our memories with the excellent TV series and the millions of comic and graphic renditions. I think this book will be a good surprise to most readers however for those looking for an interpretation closer aryavatta the canonical story might not find it here and might be disappointed.

These two epics are the cultural and mythological foundation in India as they deal with magic, heroes, destiny and lots of other things. I felt the same way while reading this. There are no Gods here nor demons — just humans — in all their frailty, grace and courage — and that instantly offers a refreshing if challenging perspective.

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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! I’m a huge fan of the original and I think it’s always risky to tamper with a well-loved, well-known story, especially one that is rhe inseparable part of our collective Indian psyche — but I must confess — Krishna Udayshankar doesn’t let me down.

Visit our Help Pages. Contrary to popular opinion i didn’t find the characters well developed or even starting to develop except mostly govinda, shikhandin and to some extent panchali. Chronicls has a slow start but after few chapters just hold on to your seat as you will be taken by surprise with very page you turn.

I also was able to read further volumes that explored the story via various characters or different aspects of the tale itself like Yuganta by Iravati Karve, Mrityunjay by Shivaji Sawant, Yajnaseni cjronicles Pratibha Ray, Glvinda by Shivaji Sawant, The Mahabharata: Having been a huge fan of the new wave of mythological retelling, I had been looking forward to the release of ” The Aryavarta Chronicles “.


Book Review: The Aryavarta Chronicles, Book 1: Govinda

If you can stomach idea of Govinda as a human being having every humanly shade we posses and not as a god having divine power then you should read this book, because this book has many trigger points if you cannot handle such thing.

Feb 14, RustyJ rated it really liked it Shelves: See all free Kindle reading apps. One thing is set straight right at the start itself: Merit should be awarded to the author for having stepped away from the ages old way of garishly painting Duryodhana as the baddie. Reforging the forsaken realm in the fire of his apocalyptic wrath, he prepares to destroy everything he loves and make the ultimate sacrifice of them all for the sake of one last hope: Pls help 4 33 Apr 26, With Jeet Thayil too on the scene, Im pretty sure this is gonna be the Literary Lovers selection for an epic retelling.

Eye of Brahma Book 2. Feb 19, Atula Gupta rated it really liked it. Very interesting the play of words esp.

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Moreover, the humor content adds exuberance to the overall book. The book is beautiful for the myriad ideas explored in it – politics, social well being, the interpla Currently on the last few Chapters of Govinda: This is a story which more or less focuses on the socio-political structure of the story and aryavaarta characters who are presented as human beings with agendas of their own. I sryavarta never seen any Indian author writing this badly.