Monday, 30 March 2015

Arjun: Without A Doubt


Details of the Book
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd
Pages: 306 pages
Paperback
ISBN139789381836972


From the book blurb
I knew there was nothing poetic about death. I knew not that the most horrific battles are fought off the battlefield.

Arjun: The idealist in a non-ideal world; the warrior whose deadliest opponent was his conscience. History forgot his voice, but misquoted his silence.

My self-esteem originates from me and ends in me. Why does your honor depend on me?

Find your own Draupadi: The untamed tigress, the fragrant flame, the unbridled spirit.

Power does not justify sin. Power is not virtue. Virtue is that which lasts in spite of power.

Krishn: The enigma whose unique ideology churned the battlefield into a quest for Truth. The Missile …The Trajectory … The Vision. The trio that makes for the core of The Mahabharata (Indian Epic). This is their saga. Insightful, visceral and candid.


Author
Dr. Shinde Sweety holds a Doctorate in Medicine. She is an avid Mahabharata fan, voracious reader, yoga enthusiast, student of Spanish and yearns to learn Sanskrit. Personally, Dr Shinde Sweety is skilled at pencil sketching, loves to daydream and swim. She is curious about the Mystic & Mystique, crazy about soulful music and content to be cocooned in a dream world.


Characters
Arjun – A matchless warrior… whose emotions are less talked about… whose life is less discussed.

Draupadi – Famous for all wrong reasons… who emerged from the fire to be used as a weapon to destroy King Draupad’s enemies -  the reason for the great war.


What I think
The book’s title is Arjun – promising to put across the thoughts and life of a great warrior prince, Arjun. Arjun is the third amongst the Pandava brothers. The cover page is vibrant and beautiful. The blue background, blue lotus and the peacock feather says it all! The book blurb further describes what can be expected from the book.

Dr Shinde Sweety’s writes Mahabharata from Arjun’s angle. This book is about him and his life. The narrative is simple and flows easily. Both Arjun and Draupadi give their first person narrative which is segregated into different parts. Such switch between narrations is well-handled and never confuses the readers.  Lord Krishn appears as alluring, enigmatic and charming as ever. He is the main player in Mahabharata who leads everyone towards the fate and also guides during the Great War.

Indian mythology and great epics like Ramayana as well as Mahabharata is like the mighty ocean. It is deep and vast. It gives an illusion that we have seen it in entirety. However, human eyes can never see where it really ends or travel enough to reach the end. Indian mythology is also a storehouse of information and knowledge.

There is smoothing magical about Mahabharata. It is so vast and brilliant that it paves way to more combinations of interpretations and perspectives. It is like a kaleidoscope, given different pattern every time.


Should you read it?
Don’t miss this book.
It adds a new dimension to what we already know!


Rating
3.5/5


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6 comments:

  1. the cover is really very attractive!! nice review :)

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  2. Most horrific battles are fought outside the battle ground ! how BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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  3. Hello Satya,

    Such a pleasure to read your interview with Sherry at Poets United.. :)

    This is an amazing review!! Bravo :)
    xoxo

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