Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 Free read ☆ 5

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Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 Free read ☆ 5 ´ ➶ [Reading] ➸ Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3 By Krishna Udayasankar ➫ – Horticulturetrader.co.uk War is upon the realm but is Aryavarta prepared for what will follow As a bitter struggle begins to gain control of the divided empire that was once ARa Restraint and reason have deserted the rulers who once protected the land and they manipulate scheme and kill with abandon for victory is all that matters At the heart of the Kurukshetra Aryavarta Epubstorm stands Govinda Shauri driven by fickle allies and failed kings to the very brink of darkness Reforging the forsaken re. For a series which began with a lot of potential Krishna Udayasankar’s “Aryabarta Chronicles” ended with a whimper Udayasankar still remains a good writer but her confusion regarding the direction in which she wanted her retelling to head ultimately spoiled the second and third book “Kurukshetra” as the name suggests largely focuses on the war Almost half the book is dedicated to the war while the other focuses on the politics and turmoil which led to it Predictably Udayasankar builds up the character of Abhimanyu playing the emotional card to highlight his tragic death Some of the best parts about this series have always come when Udayasankar uses her own re interpretation to remove the divine traits of a character Her reinterpretation of Ghatotkacha and rakshashas was enjoyable though not entirely unexpected Udayasankar doesn’t uite have the skills to make her battle scenes intriguing and the author herself seems to be aware about this The first few chapters of the battle seem hurried and she even skips first few days of the war fast forwarding to the seventh day It is unfair to expect a detailed account of the war in a 400 page book but when the primary subject matter deals with Kurukshetra it wouldn’t have hurt to dedicate a few chapters to the initial stages of the war Her discussion about battle strategies remains vague at best and there’s too much of the shadow of the TV serial when she talks about arrows cancelling out each other “Firewrights” which was a clever inclusion in the series so far has now become her ultimate fallback tactic Whenever Udayasankar doesn’t want to go deep into the mechanism of a weapon she conveniently uses the “but it is Firewright technology” theory Credit where it’s due Udayasankar does exceed herself in some of the Kurukshetra scenes especially the one with slaying of Jayadrath or Ghatotkacha episodeAnd then there are the philosophical discourses They slow down the narrative and often seem completely out of place I had to skip a few paras to avoid the same thing being said over and over again And why must there always be a long motivational monologue from the primary character before the battle starts Udayasankar also tries to insert an extra twist in Govinda’s tale in the last 2 chapters but it feels as if these two chapters belong to a different story and doesn’t gel with the ending If I compare this with the Meluha series Krishna Udayasankar is a significantly better writer than Amish Tripathy I know that’s not saying much But Amish was clear in his mind about his plot and how it will end Udayasankar on the other hand fails to keep the reader hooked and muddles up her plot

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War is upon the realm but is Aryavarta prepared for what will follow As a bitter struggle begins to gain control of the divided empire that was once Aryavarta Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa of the Firstborn and the Secret Keeper of the Firewrights can only watch as their own blood their kin savage and kill on the fields of Kurukshet. Kurukshetra the third and final installment in the Aryavarta Chronicles Trilogy by Krishna Udayasankar To put it in one word it is marvelous However as with anything there is a ‘but’ Now there are a bunch of things that work in favour of the book and for these credit must be given to the author Remember this is her debut outing in fictionFirst the book assumes intelligence on part of the reader A lot of it On top of it familiarity with the Mahabharata is not necessary though it would help Putting these two together is a noteworthy feat in itself So no two plus two euals four kind of spoon feeding here The book assumes you can figure that out for yourself and rightly so So as you are reading the book your mind races to keep pace with the plot and the unfolding of events which happen at a uick paceThat brings me to the next point – the pace of the plot It’s racy and hurtles through and you as a reader are expected to keep pace If you don’t you can uickly fall off the train and not know where you landed That pace was very visible in the first installment – Govinda seemed to flag a bit in the second Kaurava and the first hundred or so pages on the last Kurukshetra All that moves aside once the battle of Kurukshetra starts and things start getting interesting againThe next thing that works – the battle scenes of the Kurukshetra They are extremely well wrought like a work of art The scenes literally unfold in front of your eyes and I was amazed that the author could fill over 200 pages with just the 18 days of battle not once letting interest flag The description of the astras battle formations duels are beautifully explained sans superhuman strength of the warriors and shorn of miracles The mastery of the warriors is simply a matter of skill and training and the destruction caused by the weapons simply a mastery over the science of metal working and chemistry The battle scenes themselves are straight out of a well choreographed action movie – capturing the valour fear tumult screams and shrieks of war And the emotions of warThe highlight of the book is the way the emotions and motives of the protagonists are captured – they are very human with very human motives desires and fears That and their ideals Sometimes misplaced other times misunderstood So neither Syoddhan Duryodhana a clear villain nor Dharma Yudhishthir the clearly wronged There are shades of grey to all characters And white and black and blue and green and pink So it is that the author weaves a rainbow of layers to the protagonists charactersBut then here is where I have a complaint While the characters are well wrought there is a subtle inconsistency across the series Govinda Shauri Krishna is initially shown as scheming and manipulative initially but by the end ends up as nearly divine The transition is not exactly gradual though it doesn’t jar But sitting back one cannot but notice the inconsistency It almost seems that the author was overwhelmed by the divinity of the Krishna who uttered the Gita while at the same time reconciles him to the scheming Krishna who suggested that Bhima attack Duryodhana’s thigh though this episode is narrated differently There is also a very complex relationship that Govinda has with Panchali Draupadi that vacillates between the platonic to the divine romance to Panchali simply being a pawn in the hands of Govinda At times we are not sure if it is Govinda who is the pawn in the hands of PanchaliThe same happens with other characters too The first two books give the impression that Sanjaya is one of the key ringmasters in the plot but in the third book he is totally absent making an unconvincing cameo appearance towards the end If there is one character who

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Kurukshetra Aryavarta Chronicles #3Alm in the fire of his apocalyptic wrath he is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice of them all for the sake of one last hope that humanity will rise that there will be revolution The spectacular entrancing final episode of The Aryavarta Chronicles recreates the world of the Mahabharata with formidable power and imagination. The secret to building a city a citadelanything really is to keep the foundations complex but the structures simpleThis is the uote from this book and Krishna Udayashankar did exactly that Following the epic Mahabharata the author gave a whole new perspective to the story She forgot Gods threw out magic and painted the Mahabharata in mundane human life There was no magic Everything was science Every action had meaning Even the irrelevance of certain characters in the original epic is beautifully handled here I liked the book for its detailing its philosophical banter its scientific explanation and finally its epic ending I admit that I found the book dragging at places But what kept me going was my curiosity As to how the author will handle certain instances in the original epic I was rarely disappointed She did justice to every characters every instances and managed to bring through some political intrigue also She was never parsimonious in her imaginations She used to its full extent in the narrative Her telling is a refulgent retelling of the story Those who likes the epic will find this book enjoyable