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Book Review: I, Duryodhana... By Pradeep Govind

Book Review: I, Duryodhana...  By Pradeep Govind

Hello Lovely Readers,

I am back again with an another book review. The book today I will share here, will surely be in my favourite list of book of this year.
The name of the book is 'I, Duryodhana' by an Indian author Pradeep Govind.

Plot Summary: Awaiting emancipation through,the embrace of death, Duryodhana, the fallen Kaurava prince reminisces about the past as he narrates his version of the incidents that unfolded in his life, starting from his birth as a lump of flesh.
Truth is frail and often vulnerable to distortion as history tends to favour the victors. This saga of pride, loyalty and heroism interlaced with deceit, hypocrisy and betrayal, leaves the readers with that one vital question, ' Who is to blame?'

Genre: Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Om Books International

No.Of Pages: 344

Price: Rs 295/-

Format: Paperback

My Review:
Starting with the beautiful cover, very apt for the title. Gives a hint that story might be something about a warrior or a powerful king in the battlefield... 

The story starts right from the birth of Duryodhana. The book is based on the Epic Indian tale of Mahabharata from Duryodhana point of view, which is very different and unique from the traditional story we have always heard.
I personally have never ever read or heard much of Duryodhana, so reading a story revolving around him was fun to read. It shows all the dynamics Of Hastinapur. The chemistry between the cousin brothers. The struggles and politics surrounding the title of 'Crown Prince Of Hastinapur..

It conveys a message that sometimes it is just the circumstances not the actions, that can portray some people good and some people in a bad light.

The book is enthralling with a great detailing. Each scene and character is well built and portrayed.
I did not found continuity breaking at any point of time.

Sometimes, these kind of books could feel heavy but this one is well balanced and comfortable to read. Pace is neither too fast nor too slow.

I must say the book is an adventure in itself and would highly like to recommend it. I totally loved reading it. The book feels well researched and well written.

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Book Review: The Ramayana Secret By Anurag Chandra

Book Review: The Ramayana Secret By Anurag Chandra

Hi Friends!

I am back with yet another book review by an Indian author Anurag Chandra.
The name of the book is 'The Ramayana Secret' and it is a mythology fiction.
"The Ramayana Secret is Rama's story, not as you know it but as it happened"

Plot Summary: Ravana has jeopardised the peaceful co- existence of the inner and outer Earths. The divine scripts are in his custody and the demon king is invincible. Rama is tasked with the secret mission of securing the scripts and handing them back to their rightful owners. Assuming the identity of Dasharatha's son, Rama prepares for battle, aided by emissaries from the inner Earth kingdom of Agartha and sages residing in Dandaka.
Will this alliance between the kingdom of Agartha and Kosala save humanity from an impending disaster? Why is Rama real identity kept a secret? Who has decided to reveal the secret about Rama's origins and Why? Was Sita the real reason Rama fought against Ravana?

Genre:Fiction\ Mythology

Language: English

No. Of Pages: 215

Price: Rs 295/-

Publisher: Om Books International

Format: Paperback

About The Author: Anurag Chandra is a New Delhi based serial entrepreneur, educator and author with a Bachelor's degree in engineering from IIT Kanpur. After a brief stint as a software consultant in New York, he started his own educational venture, Eduwiser to create content for competitive test preparations. He has also been featured in India Today for his entrepreneurial work.
Anurag considers writing therapeutic as it transports him to an imaginative world filled with myriad characters. The Ramayana Secret marks his foray into fiction.

Review: Mythology Fictions have always been one of my favourite genre to read. The book's name is The Ramayana Secret and as the title suggests, it definitely fits perfect into the category.

Starting with the book cover, it looked pretty average to me, nothing too intriguing. I seriously think that something more could have been added to it, to make it look more magical and inviting.

That being said about the first impression of the book cover, the first few pages of the book made me fall in love with the story immediately. Obviously it is a story about Lord Ram and our very own oldest Indian tale Ramayana. But the author has told the story of Ramayana, from all together different angle.
All the characters are definitely picked up from the Ramayana story we have always heard, but the plot build up is very unique and innovative. There are lots of twists and turns in the story. There are many surprises for the readers because since it is Ramayana, we tend to expect somethings as we have always heard. So, that makes the whole reading experience very interesting.

I liked the concept of the inner and outer earth. How Ram belonged to a different world and was sent on a secret mission with a cover up identity and a plan. Why Sita was kidnapped by the Lankan King Ravana is also quite interesting. The book covers a whole story about how Ravana overtook Lanka and became its king. Why is he so powerful!! Was Sita a sole purpose of the war between Rama and Ravana.....

The first half of the book is very fast and every page brings something new, while the second half of the book is comparatively slower.
The book depicts the Family Tree of Kosala, Videha and Anga Kingdoms and Family tree of Lankans in the form of flowchart in the beginning of the book.

I would highly recommend this book to all the fiction lovers since the plot is very imaginative and interesting.  I loved reading it and look forward more from the author.

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Book Review: Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy By Kevin Missal

Book Review: Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy By Kevin Missal

Hello My Lovely Readers,

Hope every one is doing great and enjoying reading!
I love to read Indian Mythology Fictions and today is yet another one from this genre.
It is Book 1 of the The Mahaavatar Trilogy Series : Narasimha from an Indian author Kevin Missal.

I have read books from Kevin Missal before and have really liked his way of storytelling. So, let us see if this book too is as good as his earlier books....

Plot Summary: Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper- Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place?
Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideas of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose?
Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon- the Brahmashastra. But the tribals have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive?

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Language: English

Format: Paperback

Published By: Harper Collins

Price: Rs 250/-

No. Of Pages: 350

About The Author: Kevin Missal wrote his first book at the age of 14 and at 22 the St. Stephens graduate is a bestselling author and a full time writer, with the first two books in his Kalki series being a runaway success. Kevin loves fantasy fiction and has always been a fan of mythology.
His books have been featured in publications like The Sunday Guardian, The New Indian Express and Millennium Post. He lives in Gurugram.

My Review: Firstly starting with the cover of the book which I really liked and found absolutely perfect with the story line. The book also have a map of the place called Illavati at the end, which makes it even more interesting!

I love the way how the author Kevin Missal, at the starting of the book has mentioned 'Note to the Reader' that this book is his way of reimagining  the very popular character of our Indian mythology: Narasimha. He has mentioned very clearly, that this is not an accurate tale of Lord Narasimha.
Because many a times, I have seen readers comparing these fiction mythology books to the real tales which we have been listening to from our very childhood. So, for me personally I really liked that start..

We all know that Narasimha is known to be as one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu, who has a face of lion and body of a human. We have also heard tales of Prahlad and Lord Indra.
So, these are the main characters of the story.

I love the way how story is knitted and how well all the characters are build and explained. The story is very interesting and it will make you turn pages continuously. The narration is absolutely gripping and clear.

Story starts with how Hiranyakashyap is mad to take revenge from Lord Indra for murdering his wife. How he want that ultimate nuclear weapon and do the trails. Nara has left the Simha army long time back and is living a life of isolation until Dev Indra came to him for his help to defeat Andhaka. Will Nara go back to his army which he left for a reason, which no one knows?

The book is little bit on the lengthier side.
It will surely be one of  the interesting books I have read this year.The book is suitable for all age group. Anybody who likes to read mythology fiction will enjoy it. I definitely look forward to the next one in the series.
I totally enjoyed reading it and highly recommend this book. Author Kevin Missal is surely doing a great job..
Do pick one for yourself:

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