Publisher: Platinum Press
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This 360-page dedication to Veda Vyasa, truly the finest storyteller ever, is solely a retelling of the tale of Arjuna, the valiant warrior of Hindu mythology, and his role in Mahabharata. Mahabharata is by itself a tale with a magical mix of emotions which renders any reader mesmerized. However, the uniqueness of this book lies in fact that the author retold this tale in a simple, quick and fascinating manner.
Though prior knowledge of Mahabharata partially ruined the reading experience for me, anyone who doesn’t know much about Mahabharata and Arjuna would surely find this very captivating. In the last eight chapters, many times I found myself unfathomably immersed in the proceedings of the book. So much, that when Abhimanyu and Karna died, I literally cried. And slowly, as I came down the emotional cliff, I stood there wondering whether it was the author’s writing or charm of the epic that made me cry. Though I believe it was the latter, fluid and strong-woven writing in this book cannot be denied of its deserved credit.
In the midst of these heartfelt highs and fervent falls, some dialogues of Bheema sounded too funny and childish for a warrior of such might. While some places displayed snapped chronology, some dialogues brought over a feeling that Pandavas were a group of high school show-offs ranting for being wrongfully punished by their teachers.
As the book takes-off, the reader must initially endure a seat-belt of boredom. Slowly it picks up pace with its wheels of verbal resourcefulness and eventually flies with its wings of enticing narration. As it soared though the last few chapters, I got completely carried away. Fully fascinated, I could make no further attempts to judge the book.
And when my flight to the last page landed, the aftertaste was a profound awe for Karna, the first born of Kunti. Dwelling in the cosmic greatness of generous Karna, I closed the book and faced the cover page. I don’t know why, but I was disappointed to see Arjuna’s name on it.
A pleasant read that sufficiently satiates the hunger for Hindu mythology (Mahabharata).