Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Review: Arjuna by Anuja Chandramouli

Introduction

  • ·         ISBN - 9381576394
  • ·         Genre: Fiction
  • ·         Publishers: Leadstart Publishing
  • ·         Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the publishers for a review)
Arjuna as a character has always fascinated me. If given a choice between Ramayana and Mahabharata I would always choose the later purely for him. His dedication, his vision, strength, ability to look beyond the usual, grit and most importantly his thoughts had me impressed since the first time ever that I read this.

When I was offered this book the first thought that came to my mind was WOW, finally some Indian author has managed to write about the ultimate hero ( that’s how I see him) and yes I had to read it.

Behind The book

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Arjuna: Saga Of A Pandava Warrior-Prince is about Arjuna, his life, achievements, challenges and thoughts and how his decisions affect the fate of the characters in the Mahabharata.


About the author

Anuja Chandramouli is a writer. She is the writer of Arjuna: Saga of the Pandava Warrior-Prince.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in English. She currently works out of home as a columnist and e-reporter. She has been accredited with a number of articles that she writes on a freelance basis. Her articles have been featured in publications that include Lonely Planet, The Hindu, and Womens Era. She resides in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, with her husband and two daughters.

Me thinks
Every time you read about some mythological character the author carries a risk, because we all have grown up with a healthy dose of mythology with stories being told since childhood. We have already formed opinions about them and now all of a sudden trying to change or maybe the right word would be to make you re-look at that opinion is not an easy task. And here I must commend the first timer author Anuja Chandramouli’s attempt.  She has done an exemplerary job is describing Arjuna which is uniquely different than the Arjuna we all had known and witnessed in the Mahabharata.

When you read about such characters you tend to put them on a pedestal and look upto them but what the author portrays here is that despite being a God he was like any one of us who erred, made wrong decisions and repented them later trying hard to rectify. Reading this book was quite an eye opener for me, for there were many revelations in store. I was pleasantly surprised by quite a few of them. The beauty of this book is the fact that there is no particular order that the author chooses to follow. She goes back and forth in her narration trying to give reasons and logic behind incidents and behaviours making it one enticing read.

It is fascinating to see how some simple incidents which had us in awe sometime back right now after reading this book make us relook at it in disbelief. The author has brought out the real Arjuna very well in her descriptions and I would definitely give her full marks for this. I somehow loved the ending a lot. It was reminiscent of so many things related to life and yet so touching! I am sure had there been any other ending I would perhaps would not have liked the book this much.

Kudos to the author for having written such an excellent tale as a debutante! And yes she has raised the bar for herself… strongly recommended for people who enjoy reading history and mythological genre but a warning don’t read this with your own pre-conceived notions expecting reaffirmation of the same things. Though this book tells the same tale it is surely a different take on it and hence should be read with a  fresh mind and open perspective.

Foodie Verdict
 
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This book is like a gelato, soft, delicious colourful, different and ofcourse sweetly enjoyable!
P.S This book has been received from Lead Start for review.

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