Book Review: Govinda (The Aryavarta Chronicles, #1) by Krishna Udayasankar
The latest trend in Indian writing circles seems to be Indian mythology – stripping down the divine to the human form and representing mythological text as historical events. From Amish Tripathi to Ashoke Banker, several writers have explored the Indian scriptures and presented the Gods in a new dimension. Krishna Udayshankar’s books are an addition to the list.
Govinda is the first book of the Aryavarta Chronicles. No prizes for guessing that the books are based on the Mahabharata. However, unlike the commonly used names of the characters in Mahabharata, Krishna has referred to her characters with the lesser known names. Thus Krishna has become Govinda, Duryodhana as Suyodhana or Yudhisthir as Dharma.
The author does a great justice by deglamorizing these eminent characters of Mahabharata, who are so far we have always revered and treated them as divine figures in human form. Not one character is painted in black and white. Everyone has their share of the good and the bad.
This book is about the rivalry and fighting between the Firstborns and the Firewrights. The Firstborns are the scholars and sages, who are descendants of Vasishta Varuni and so-called protectors of the Divine Order on Earth. The Angirasa families of Firewrights are an ancient order of scientists and inventors who wear mixed colors, descendants of the Bhargavas.
Set in ancient India, in lands lost in the mists of antiquity, religion and history; these books form a saga of Epic India -before time and language transformed tales of flesh and blood, into mythical, larger-than-life accounts. In Udayshankar’s Aryavarta, the most powerful state is Jarasandha’s Magadha. Hastinapur is shown as a vassal of Magadha. Govinda Shauri is a cowherd, who takes the remaining Yadus from Mathura and moves to a distant land and were he builds the glorious Dwaraka.
The rivalry and fighting between the Firewrights and the Firstborn dynasty is a thread which runs through this book and as Book One comes to an end, stays alive to continue into Book Two.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
P.S. This review was written as a part of the Flipkart Bloggers Affiliate Programme. Thanks Vivek for the books 🙂
About the author
Krishna Udayasankar is a graduate of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, and holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Nanyang Business School, Singapore, where she presently works as a lecturer.
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