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HONOUR. DESIRE. VENGEANCE. Aryavarta – the ancient realm of the noble. For generations, the Firstborn dynasty of scholar-sages, descendants of Vasishta . Maybe I am a little late to the party but could not resist answering this question as I have read one series and attmepted to read the other but failed. First about. Krishna Udayasankar is a Singapore-based Indian author, known for her modern retelling of Mahabharata through the novels Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra. The three books collectively comprise The Aryavarta Chronicles.

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The authoress has done a commendable job of not venturing astray and sticking to the main character Govinda till the end.

Krishna Udayasankar is to be thanked for the obvious work of love here and should be tortured and jailed for keeping the readers waiting for part II ; may his tribe live arayvarta and prosper well.

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So what is the most striking feature of this book; and I would say the premise. This book is history, myth, fiction, thriller, and all in all a very logical and consistent narrative.

In order to give a contemporary meaning and relevance, the author has taken certain liberties and resorted to interpretations that at times seem a bit far fetched. Theme consists of gameplay, politics, mystery, suspense, copious amount of humour, change in society, friendship, love, happiness, joy, sadness, war, suffering, humanity, gods, angels, demons, mystical weapons, universal power all inhibited with many other aspects making this book a complete surprise to the new readers.


Women in India are akin to cattle and this is showcased brilliantly. Feb 19, Atula Gupta rated it really liked it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

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The way the author traversed me through the world of Aryavarta is commendable. Jul 16, Chitra rated it liked it Shelves: Will be reading the second one soon. She stands for the feminist side in male dominated patriarchal society.

Highly recommended, specially chroniclse enthusiasts of Indian Literature in English.

Next comes narration, now here I’m succumbed to loss of words. Some touches of American, Britain accent has been retained in some places. Another thing that highly pleased me was the treatment Krishna Udayasankar has given to characters like Shikandin, Panchali, and Duryodhana. Udayshankar has been able to weave a chroniclex that is essentially grand and sublime stream of experiences in his evocative new dark take on the Mahabharata. Adds to the immersion.

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Govinda is a book that promises you a journey to a world filled with romance, political machinations, deception, murder, adventure, loyal ties of friendship and most of all, a experience to remember. Places and scenes were described beautifully, almost transferring chronicoes to the world of Aryavarta.

Coming to the core of this book, i really liked the concept of ‘Firstborns’ and ‘Firewrights’. Were they really evil? I am a great fan of GOT.


Book Review: The Aryavarta Chronicles, Book 1: Govinda

Key Features A book filled with adventure, romance and friendship in a land lost in the mists of antiquity, religion and history. Instead of reading from Kurukshetra, I decided to reread the series from scratch, as one does.

The book was published in and is available in paperback.

There is a lot of geography involved and that gives the novel a very authentic feel. Harappa – Curse of the Blood River.

The author also beautifully narrates the mystical and lovely relationship that Panchali has with Govinda. An attempt at re-telling the Mahabharata story. But the book is unput downable. The climax where the main event unfolds was a little dull rayavarta hence, I would not like to commit myself to the other two parts.

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It was also dialogue heavy and if we cut out the unnecessary dialogues it would have been a good pages thinner. Want to Read saving….

I have read other books too. The Legend of Ikshvaku. The characters and their relationships with others have been developed extremly well.

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