Book Review – Ajaya by Anand Neelakantan

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This is the second mythology series I read after the Shiva Trilogy by Amish, which also I had enjoyed. In the beginning itself the author describes almost all characters in a paragraph each, which was a nice and unique way to start so that you are aware of the characters beforehand. The narration, I felt, was exemplary. The language is colloquial, but the narration is interspersed with exceptional words as well, which makes it worth reading and also helped in improving my vocabulary. I borrowed some relevant words and phrases for my own novel, so thanks to Anand sir for that. I’m not sure whether the entire story is true or not, but its definitely intriguing and captivating. Suyodhana had been painted as a hero, possessing flaws, though, and I really felt pity about his situation and when he is accused of wrongdoings. Bhishma character is also very interesting, just, and lovable. Although Lord Krishna is shown as a scheming character, the real Krishna/God resides within our hearts, which Jara’s character shows brilliantly. The story is truly marvelous, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next book. It also is an excellent way of refreshing your knowledge about the epic, Mahabharata. 4 stars from me. Thanks.

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