Book Review: Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince
Mahabharata is a fascinating, mammoth work of fiction with millions of sub-plots. There is a saying in Bangla – ja nei Bharate, ta nei Bharate (what is not written in Mahabharat, does not exist in Bharat). There have been numerous renditions of the great epic ion the past. The best among those was indeed “The Palace of Illusions” where the narrative is from the perspective of Draupadi. So, it was even more interesting to experience Mahabharat from the eyes of Arjuna.
The language of the book is simple. The novel is more like a collection of anecdotes, not necessarily in the chronological order. But that doesn’t prevent the reader from experiencing the excitement Mahabharat normally evokes in a person. In terms of narrating history and choices of sub-plots with Arjuna as focus, the book has been successful. Arjuna is portrayed as a human being and not a demi-god that sometimes writers of mythology tend to portray.
This book is a long journey starting with forefathers of Arjuna and taking you through the complete life cycle of Arjuna. A great amount of information regarding the epic Mahabharata that you will not be aware of is presented here in this book. The size of the book appears lengthy at times, and one wishes the writer focused only on Arjuna and not digressed into too many sub-plots.
An ardent admirer of Veda Vyasa’s Mahabharata, Anuja holds the Great Epic to be one of a kind, the Homers and Virgils of the world notwithstanding. Drawing her creative inspiration from the epic s timeless track record of sustenance through centuries of retelling, Anuja chose to debut as a storyteller with the immortal and eternally captivating saga of Arjuna, the non pareil hero.
About the book: Arjuna is the immortal tale of one of India’s greatest heroes. These pages retell in riveting detail the story of the Pandava Warrior-Prince who has captured the imagination of millions across centuries. This is the intense and human story of his loves, friendship, ambitions, weaknesses and follies, as well as his untimely death and revival, his stint as a eunuch, and the innermost reaches of his thoughts. Told in a refreshingly modern and humourous style and set against the staggering backdrop of the Mahabharata. Arjuna’s story appeals equally to the average, discerning reader and the scholar. It spans the epic journey from before his birth, when omens foretold his greatness, across the fabled, wondrous landscape that was his life.
About the Author: Anuja Chandramouli is a full-time mother of two lovely girls, as well as a part-time writer. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor s degree in Psychology and a Master s in English. Having started out as a freelance writer with articles published in Women s Era, Lonely Planet and The Hindu, she currently works as an e-reporter and columnist. Anuja is a self-confessed, big-dreamer, who is driven by an inner passion to contribute her mite to the great pool of human endeavour, thought, and wisdom.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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