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. Aryavarta – the ancient Realm of the Noble. For generations, the Firstborn dynasty of scholar-sages, descendants of Vasishta Varuni and protectors of the Divine. The Mahabharata retold – reinterpreted & reworked – yet again! This Epic has always fascinated me, as indeed it has millions of Indians who.
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The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1: GOVINDA. Aryavarta – the ancient realm of the noble. For generations, the Firstborn dynasty of scholar-sages, descendants of. A site to look for free e-books is the Project Gutenberg website. Many public Govinda (The Aryavarta Chronicles #1) by Krishna Udayasankar. It is not often. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Krishna Udayasankar is a graduate of the National Law Govinda (The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition. by.
Some how, as I grew up, I relegated it to the far recesses of my mind as a fond childhood memory Thanks to recent TV shows on the same I began searching for books on the epic to compare the show to. English Choose a language for shopping. The Aryavarta Chronicles: Govinda in and upon its success has written two other books for the Aryavarta Chronicles series and many other well acclaimed books. And does Govinda have it in him to confront the dark secrets of his past and discover the true meaning of being Arya, of being noble? ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.
Book 1 of the Aryavarta Chronicles in both Delhi and Bangalore and feasting on some great food in the process - details of the road trip to follow its back to reality, the computer, and Book 2 - though an air of excitement still remains. The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1: Govinda now available in bookstores. Book 1 of The Aryavarta Chronicles now available in stores Its here! Copies of Govinda are available in leading bookstores across India and Singapore.
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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I love all variations of the Mahabharata. As I see it the epic is constructed is such a fantastic way that it lends itself to free interpretation and this has been used to good effect by many authors. Krishna has done an exceptional job with the epic. It is every questioning person's fundamental question when reading or listening to holy tomes - What if the people were real, human, and contemporary for their times?
What if all the legend and magic and superstition came later? It is a fantastic "what if" conjecture which Krishna has engaged with in this book. And it is a great start to the trilogy. I look forward to read the later books, and would happily suggest this book to fellow Mahabharata, or fantasy, enthusiasts.
The only caveat I would add, to get the full effect of the book it would be useful to read the direct adaptions of the Mahabharata like the ones done by C. It is a pleasure to read Govinda when you have anchor points from the original tome, and you will appreciate how Krishna has woven a tale without impacting all the high points of the epic poem. Paperback Verified Purchase. I have found MBh infinitely fascinating from when I learned how to read.
God and demons, beautiful women, mighty heroes, evil villains etc etc - what's not to love?! Some how, as I grew up, I relegated it to the far recesses of my mind as a fond childhood memory Thanks to recent TV shows on the same I began searching for books on the epic to compare the show to.
I was also reading through some reviews on the Shiva trilogy. That's when I ran across Krishna Udayasankar's magnificent series. I had some trepidation on how this was going to turn out after I read about the out sized parts played by Shikhandi and Uttara.
But, oh my, Ms Udayasankar took me on a wild and wonderful ride, almost a motion picture, in her first two books. Govinda is the tale of a man. A towering intellect, a Yogi who aimed to be and thought himself dispassionate, but a man nevertheless, not a god.
We start with an encounter between friends - Govinda and the royal set of Panchal, meeting in the forests of Aryavarta. The author dispenses with the sanitized version of the relationship rather quickly, which surprised me.
From there we see the same events unfold but mostly from the perspective of Panchali who is trying to understand the reason for Govinda's chess moves. She questions him and is frustrated when she gets no answers.
Parth and Govinda's slowly developing friendship is shown beautifully especially the description of events following the frostbite. Parth stands for the ordinary man, yearning for Govinda's friendship, but never questioning him or his motives. While he doesn't precisely yearn for Panchali, there is a heavy attraction there to the other Krishna.
The rest of the Pandavas are portrayed equally beautifully. I must admit to being biased here because I too have been irritated by Dharma's passive - aggressive behavior portrayed as virtue and by Bheeshma's misogyny portrayed as noble sacrifice. Ms Udayasankar makes no secret of her disdain for these characters While the palace intrigues were interesting, the description of military campaigns which eventually led to Dharma's coronation as Emperor was nothing short of stupendous.
I felt I was in a time machine, travelling through the snow covered Himalayas. I was enthralled by Govinda's meeting with the Eagle Chieftain.
I could see them in my mind's eye, this dark skinned man and this figure covered in furs for some reason, Garud has Yul Brynner's face, in my mind along with Moses's furs from the Ten Commandments standing on a ledge, the wind whistling around them.
I could see Kritya, beautiful and deadly.
When the story continues, it takes us back to politics in Aryavarta and the clan wars. I have never understood even as a child reading ACKs, why poor Shishupal had to die. Her brutal assault in the dice hall turns her into the deadly weapon that we know she becomes.
Syyodhan is a character to be pitied here, attracted to and angered by Panchali, wanting to do the right thing but helpless in his obligations to family and friends. The assault finally stops, not by divine intervention, but by the very fear the name Govinda strikes into the heart of the listeners.
The conversation in Kamyakavana always puzzled me as Panchali says 'I don't even have you, Krishna' and that implied a deeper connection between them than with her husband s. With the background Ms Udayasankar gives us, that takes on a new meaning.
The event in Kaurava which chilled me was the part about Jayadrath; of course because I know what is coming in Book 3. And so we come to the man who graces the title — the lynch pin — Govinda Shauri — without whom there would be epic. He is as enigmatic and charismatic as his namesake Krishna in the original.
What particularly intrigued me was his intimate relationship with Panchali. Whereas in the original, it came across as a brother-sister bond, here, it is anything but!
The tensions between the two friends and almost-lovers are palpable and make for some very interesting, taut scenes that will translate excellently on film!
JP — are you listening? Except for the font-size which is too small, I have no major cribs! I will definitely read her next in this series — Kaurava, probably on Kindle to rest my poor eyes J. Rajagopalachari to refresh my memory! Posted by crazygoangirl on October 1, in Non-Booker Reviews. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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