Right since the childhood of an Indian few epic characters are so powerfully earmarked in his mind that they never go off right through his entire lifecycle. Arjuna is one of those characters that we start encountering during our early childhood days. Arjuna is one of the strongest characters of the mythological epic Mahabharata. Arjuna by Anuja Chandramouli focuses Arjuna on the central stage with all other significant characters playing around. This well researched story has been written in a modern style with the basic theme of Mahabharata.
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Telegram I am a self-proclaimed Mahabharata fan. And you can actually con me into reading anything in the name of the epic. I have read it from the perspective of its various characters. And a couple of version of Draupadi. Arjuna is, of course, the hero of the story. So I was keen to read his perspectives also, the one who was blessed in more than one ways and got more than his due throughout the story. This book though turned out to be the abridged version of Mahabharata, which is such a well-woven story inter-twining multitudes of plots spread across eras.
Every reader picks up certain stories that touch him or her most or leaves the biggest impression on them. Anuja has also picked up the stories and events from the epic she thought are important. She has not shared what versions of Mahabharata did she read. But I am guessing some south Indian version. As she mentions a few incidents that I have not read in my versions. Like the meeting of Arjuna and Hanuman at the stone bridge in Rameshwaram.
She has tried to highlight the events in the story that primarily belong to Arjuna. Like his days at Gurukul, his going to heaven to fetch the divine weapons. His travels around the length and breadth of the country to get weapons and allies. And his various marriages with princesses of the kingdoms he visited. Even then as a third person narrative, it remains a generic storyline of Mahabharata. What is different in this telling of the story is the language that is very contemporary and very good.
That led me to the question who has this been written for. If it is for the global audience then they would be lost in the array of characters and plots. They would need simpler linear treatment of the epic.
If it is for the Indian audience, who more often than not would know the generic storyline. Then it is for those who would enjoy a story being re-told in a good contemporary language. In fact, it is after quite some time that I read a book that has good language, an author with good vocabulary and tight editing. Given the title, I expected some more Arjuna angle. And somewhere I thought the plot was lost when too many characters were quoted.
I liked her detailed description of the weapons used. Not many versions go into the details as much. Similarly, his marriages with Ulupi and Chitrangada are also mentioned in detail with reasons for them continuing to live in their parental home. In the end, I wonder at the epic called Mahabharata.
And wonder at its writer Ved Vyasa who intentionally or unintentionally created something that will keep inspiring writers and readers equally. If you know the story, there is nothing new for you. If you love the story, you will anyway enjoy its any rendition.
Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince
Especially since my kid sister has been on my case about my lack of self - promotion genius. Read on for 10 obscure and fun facts about the great man and be prepared to fell in love. Arjuna and Krishna were cousins who were also the best of buddies. The duo achieved great things together. Theirs is a tale of timeless friendship not to mention the original bromance! Krishna loved Arjuna so much, he actually helped him abduct his own sister!! Some of the most beautiful maidens of the age lost their hearts to him and he must have resisted their charms as best as he could but wound up marrying them anyways.
The book, in a simple and lucid language presents the various facets of the third Pandava. The book is no artistic novel, yet a good and simple representation of much sought after facts of Arjuna, his friends, family and enemies. People of this country, a small ask of you. Would you not call him an illegitimate child?
ARJUNA BY ANUJA CHANDRAMOULI PDF
Kagore Those will find this book beneficial who have not read any modern-day fiction on Mahabharat or Ramayana. Jan 07, Vinay Badri rated it did not like it Shelves: It is he who becomes the famed archer, he who cannot be won in battle, he who begets divine astras and who eventually emerges alive at chanvramouli end of the Great War. While narrating the Khandavadahana episode, she tells us abount a serpent escaping there, she also tells how it ends up becoming the nagastra and even takes us to the battle chandraamouli where it is used. Be the first to write a review about this book. It was a breezy read with mostly linear narrative and occasional repetetions of the same event, which i think the editorial team should have taken better care of. Her debut novel Arjuna: Having heard Mahabharata stories from my grandparents, parents and uncles and having watched it as a kid on TV, I was always drawn towards the epic and the essence it tries to tell us.
Arjuna by Anuja Chandramouli – Book Review
Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year Currently all three books are being translated into Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi and Bengali, a real achievement for one so young. Her epic fantasies called Yamas Lieutenant and its sequel has received an overwhelming response. Her books on Kartikeya, Padmavati and Prithviraj Chauhan have been very successful. Her latest book is Ganga: The Constant Goddess.