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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The author also mixes up the timelines. The parallels with the present day or the roots of present day malaises are well-done though a trifle overdone. And no one does it better than Anand Nelakantan. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Karna married a Suta girl and had Suta sons. This is just part one Read my full review at http: Its interesting to see Krishna as bad guy, Yudhishtra incompetent, etc. Retrieved from ” https: Xjaya Book of Ajaha Rings.

Ajaya: Roll of the Dice by Anand Neelakantan

Nothing should be sacred when it comes to inquisitiveness and nothing should be above country and countrywomen and men. Ajayw Anand has done justice to all the characters beelakantan the book surely needs to be read with an open mind because Krishna, for example is portrayed as a shrewd strategist and like in Asura, here too blasphemy has to be overlooked.

The superstitions and hypocrisy of the society then reflects how little we, as humans, have actually developed over time.

A dumb question which i asked and would anyways love to answer. Anand’s books voice the suppressed party or the defeated party.

He has even connected some things to the present era. Mahabharata from Duryodhana’s eyes! Be it Ramayana or Mahabharata stories I am always eager to listen them. Some of the Karna retellings have done the same thing, absolving Karna completely of any wrongdoing.

The characters, adventures and battles will be familiar to readers of that epic, but the familiar characters are seen from a new angle. It is also a validation of a personal unorthodox stance on the epic’s moral take.

Bhishma, the noble patriarch of Hastinapura, is struggling to maintain the unity of his empire. I would recommend this book as it is an interesting read. Ravana is righteous in many ways, but he is also arrogant, proud and obsessed with himself. Some of them are damn interesting, some I totally loved, liked and even lived with but there are a very few which I actually end up hating for various personal reasons call it my personal opinion, like or dislike and this one unfortunately falls in that sad category where I don’t want any book to put in as far as I can.


It will also make you despair, cheer, laugh and There are always two sides to a story and depending upon the narrator, one gets to live the story the way the narrator sees it. What I couldn’t easily digest is the following: It requires a wide open mind to get into the shoes of Duryodhana which, I would say, the author has skillfully done.

So what was the Grand Regent who would have overseen the army neelaantan while first Duryodhana assembles a few platoons and marches to Kampilya as per the narrative, the whole exercise would have taken the Kauravas a week and then the Pandavas mobilise the whole army and march off to invade a neighbouring kingdom! The supernatural theme notwithstanding, this means that at the time of his defeat at the hands of Arjuna, Drishtadyumna DID not exist as a son of Drupada.

Discussion ends on Jan 26th The Sword of Hachiman. In Ajaya, personally, I felt that Neelakantan has outdone himself. Also, neelakantab are a very few books which make me furiously sad and I swear in neelaknatan end to never pick anything else from the same Author ever in future, how so much critical acclaim they may gather as they have had indeed shot down some of my all time favorite and loved characters in the name of fiction and fame.

He has authored four anqnd books. The characters are same but each one of them is a different shade of gray in Anand’s version. The flavor of the season seems to be Mahabharata reteelings, and after reading a half baked highly insipid retelling by Kavita Kane in Karna’s wife read my review here https: One issue that is a little jarring to me is the frequent references to India as one united nation during nneelakantan ancient Mahabharata times; the ancient name of Jambu Dweepa or Bharata Khanda or Bharata Varsha might have been more appropriate.


Before the Beginning trilogy released on 7 March Mar 01, Avanthika rated it it was amazing. Ajaya is the synthesis between the author’s attempt to portray the other side of the coin, and a generous dose of fiction.

In neelaoantan, while Vyasa’s Jaya did have a pro pandava tilt, it was definitely far more complex and gray.

Now why would Drupada get angry against one who treated him with respect and not one who insulted him? 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 neelaakantan land.

The author has told the story in a way which is believable, logical, practical and reasonable. Jara, the beggar, and his blind dog Dharma, walk the dusty streets of India, witness to people and events far greater than they, as the Pandavas and the Kauravas confront their searing destinies.

I remember many an evening listening to the faint rhythm of Chendas from the temples and the notes of the flute escaping over the rugged walls of the school of music. He has tried to prove that the society then was highly unjust to the people born in the lower strata of it.

You submitted the following rating and review. Right and wrong are so subjective and our mind soaks in and passes judgement so easily but always helps to just question it and to question an epic like Mahabharata – naand courage!

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Anand Neelakantan even took the challenge of playing with the characterization in a different style. After hearing about Ajaya I confess spending restless days waiting for the book after hearing that this was going to be another counter story. Write a customer review.

Three, the author is at pains to accept Lord Krishna as a super-human if not God, who plays treacherous, cunning, and dishonest to Kauravas to save his friends and devotees Pandavas.