The category that I have chosen for January is Mythology....
I have a soft spot for Mythology. It is interesting and fascinating at the same time! So when The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 3: Kurukshetra came along for review @ Blogadda, I signed up for it without hesitation.
This book is the third in the series - The Aryavarta Chronicles by author - Krishna Udaysankar.
I must admit that I have not read the previous books in this series but I was sure it wouldn't matter that much.It is the well known story - Mahabaratha and the author did not leave the reader in mid air. The Dynasties of the Aryavarta and the cast of characters is clearly mentioned in first few pages.
The Author's note starts with a gathering of scholars in circa second millenium BCE where this story / epic was narrated to the gathering by Sanunuka Kulapati as ithihasa / history.It was narrated under the assumption on what would have happened if all the characters walked the earth as we know it today.
And in the same authors note is also a statement - The Aryavarta Chronicles are neither reinterpretation nor retelling. These stories are a construction of reality based on a completely different set of assumptions.The author has told the story in a contextualized and rationalized manner.
As the title suggests the story is all about the 18 days long epic war. It occupies the center stage obviously.The peace proposal brought forth by Govinda is rejected by Duryodhan who is called Suyoddan in this story.The lengthy war ensues as the peace talks fail and the brothers fight against their own family who are on the opposite side.
Read the rest of the review here...