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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.

Here is the link to buy :

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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: Ashwatthama's Redemption- The Rise Of Dandak By Gunjan Porwal

Book Review: Ashwatthama's Redemption- The Rise Of Dandak By Gunjan Porwal

Hello Lovely Readers,

I love to read Mythology Fictions...Many Indian Authors are coming up with Indian Mythology Fictions in the recent time....No wonder our Indian Mythology is filled with various interesting stories and many larger than life characters!
Here comes an another one from my favourite list. Something I have absolutely loved reading from the page one!

Plot Summary: Over a hundred years after the Mahabharata War, an ancient power threatens to destroy the new Age Of Men, by establishing the Age Of Terror of the asuras, long believed to be extinct.The only hurdle in its path is Guru Dronacharya's son, the mighty but accursed warrior Ashwatthama, who lost all his powers following Lord Krishna's curse, and who unwillingly finds himself drawn into the quest of the lost bow of Lord Rama- the Kodanda.
As ghosts of the distant past return to haunt him, and the line between friends and enemies blurs, Ashwatthama must fight his inner demons to emerge victorious. He undertakes a perilous journey- across the vast plains of the Ganges, to the snow capped peaks of Himavant- where the price of failure is a fate worse than death, and death is a privilege not granted to Ashwatthama.

Is this all part of Lord Krishna's great plan? Will Ashwatthama be able to regain his lost glory?

Published By: Om Books International

Genre: Fiction\ Mythology

Language: English

No. Of Pages: 263

Price: Rs 295/-

About The Author: Gunjan Porwal, engineer by day and writer by night, is fascinated by Indian mythology, especially the Mahabharata and Ramayana. After graduating from IIT-K, Gunjan worked in MNC while contemplating writing anything other than code. He lives in Pune with his family. This is his debut novel.

My Review:

This is one of those few books for me, whose plot I have started to enjoy from the page one itself and completed the whole book without any moment of boredom. This is this book which belongs to one of my favourite Genre, but not every book can do justice to Mythology Genre..
Firstly, full marks for the beautiful cover. Totally apt and suitable for the story.

We all have heard about Mahabharata and Ramyana... But not much is known about the main character of this book 'Ashwatthama'.. He was a great warrior, who had a gem in his forehead. He fought in the greatest battle in the Indian history Mahabharata. He was cursed by Lord Krishna due to his sins & some mistakes which he did totally out of revenge against Pandavas and as a result he lost all his powers and got a fate to forever wander in the forests..

The story starts with Ashwatthama living a life in the forest with no meaning, he does not have any powers or a purpose of life. His only friend Vikram, King Of Surparaka came for his help to face & control Dandak, the greatest evil demon of all time as he was getting ready for resurrection. Only a demigod like Ashwatthama could kill him or control his resurrection. 

The story and the flow are totally gripping and you have to finish it without a break. There are some Sanskrit verses mentioned in between, which gives an unique feel to the whole read. Totally loved the whole journey described through the forests & mountains, to get the Sacred Bow of Lord Ram, Kodanda. The whole story is build very interestingly where in only a demigod can use the Kodanda and Ashwatthama is the last one, the only living part incarnation of Lord Shiva. The greatest evil Dandak can only be killed by Lord Shiva.

My favourite chapters would be 'The Valley Of Illusions', 'Karma' 'The Yeti Kingdom'.
All the characters are well built and described properly. There are elements of friendship, love, magic, action, drama, suspense..Overall a great mix!
Do read the book to know what happened in the last, will Dandak come back or be killed?

If Indian Mythology interests you, especially the very famous and most heard tale of Mahabharata, then surely this book is for you. This book is surely one of my Favourites so far!
I totally enjoyed reading the book and surely look forward for the sequel.

Do pick a copy for yourself:

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