Every time, I read his books, I begin to think, what if they were real? When I read Mahabharata as a Kid, Duryodhana’s character was introduced as ‘Suyodhana’. Anand Neelakantan is an Indian author. His debut novel was Asura, tale of the vanquished, was among the bestsellers of and he was rated as the most. Read Ajaya book reviews & author details and more at Free delivery Ajaya (Telugu) Paperback – 15 Oct by Anand Neelakantan (Author).

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Mar 13, Ikpoxan rated it it anandd ok. Unfortunately, simply reversing the roles of the good and the bad IS NOT Mahabharata from the view point of the vanquished. The Sword of No-Sword.

Ajaya: Roll of the Dice

If we take people and make them watch Chennai Express, for example, each person will comment differently. Duryodhana is not the villain and neealkantan are no Gods or Sons of Gods in the story. That is the strength of Anand Neelakantan to take huge challenges of changing the main characters to their extremities and presenting it so well that the reader almost get engrossed in such a way that the whole outlook about the character that was there in the mind changes by degrees.

Well, all this is in the realm of nee,akantan mundane. His famous charisma is evident in some scenes, like when he crowns Karna king. I remember many an evening anaand to the faint rhythm of the chendas coming from the temples, and the notes of the flute escaping over the rugged walls of the music school.

Ajaya: Roll of the Dice by Anand Neelakantan

This Book Ajaya is a well expressed writing with an excellent plot. Highly recommend you read this! However, the voices of yore refused to be silenced in my mind.


After all they both were the servants in the kingdom and were paid for their services. Neelakahtan walking besides Uncle Vidhur and trying not to touch him mistakenly since he was an “Untouchable”. It examines ideas of justice, the cast system and history in a new light. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Nov 12, Anand rated it it was amazing. His defeat in the hands of Pandavas does not prove that he was the villain and Pandavas were heroes.

Anand loves to touch Indian mythical and epic stories with a totally different kind of touch ananc provide an entirely different perspective but not without doing his homework well with good amount of research in his subject. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The Kauravas were the villains, despite the noble acts they committed. The story is based on famous Indian mythological epic story Mahabharata but has been presented neelamantan a very different manner.

Preview — Ajaya by Anand Neelakantan. I enjoyed it immensely. How did Krishna came to be considered as god. Parashurama, the enigmatic Guru of the powerful Southern Confederate, bides his time to take over and impose his will from mountains to ocean. Aand book is truly a masterpiece, totally a new perspectivei empathize with the character Suyodhana, who was forever misunderstood. The author also mixes up the timelines.

But this one is an epic disaster of sorts for so many reasons that I would not be able to point out in here because if I really do that, it will not remain a blabber but will turn out to be a book of epic proportions and a comedy of errors of sorts. I just couldn’t keep it down or trash it mid-ways, had to complete it to know how he decides to end it. Well done Anand Neelakandan One issue that is a little jarring to me is the frequent references to India as one united nation during the ancient Mahabharata times; the ancient name of Jambu Dweepa or Bharata Khanda or Bharata Varsha might have been more appropriate.


To accept or not the standpoint of the author is totally up to the reader.

As a kid I was wondered why pe Well done Anand Neelakandan Two, the author has paid too much importance to the caste equations prevalent then that he had not even hesitated to call many of them as ‘low caste’ including Vidura who was son of the same father as were Dhritrashtra and Pandu, though from a different mother.

After all, history is written by victors and the losers are ajaa remembered the ahand victors portray them. The aiaya should be at least 4 characters long. He draws cartoons for Malayalam magazines. While there are 2 sides of a coin We have heard and seen that there are 2 sides of a coin. Hence I loved it even more The Sword of Hachiman.

The Real Musashi I: That is the major problem with this book. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. I would recommend this book as it is an interesting read. Roll of the Dice.

Vyasa’s mahabharata did acknowledge that Yudhishtra was an inveterate gambler, and his own brothers, specially Bhima and his wife constantly threw the fact at him.