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Ajaya Duryodhana’s Mahabharata Paperback – 1 January 2018
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About the Author
Anand Neelakantan was born in a quaint little village Thripoonithura, outside the city of Cochin, in Kerala. Dotted with temples, it was little wonder that mythology fascinated him from an early age. Ironically, he was drawn to the anti-heroes. The voices of the defeated and the damned refused to be silenced in his mind. He felt impelled to narrate the tales of the vanquished, and then give life to the silent heroes overlooked in our uncritical acceptance of the conventional renderings of our epics. A dexterous writer and gifted cartoonist, Anand went on to create a unique literary genre by questioning, arguing and retelling the epics; instantly connecting with a modern readership; making him one of the most popular and well-known authors in India today.
Anand’s first book, ASURA Tale Of The Vanquished (Platinum Press 2012), is regarded as a modern classic, featuring on the national bestseller since its debut. This Collector’s Edition of AJAYA, follows the outstanding success of Roll Of The Dice and Rise Of Kali, both of which are national bestsellers. He has also written screenplays for various television channels and his book, Rise of Sivagami, was based on the popular Bahubali movies.
Anand was shortlisted for the Crossword Popular Award two years consecutively (2013 & 2014), and in 2017, he received the prestigious Kalinga International Literary Award.
He lives in Mumbai with his wife Aparna, daughter Ananya, son Abhinav, and dog, Jackie the Blackie.
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- Item Weight : 500 g
- Paperback : 634 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9352011244
- ISBN-13 : 978-9352011247
- Dimensions : 8 x 5 x 3 cm
- Publisher : Leadtsart Publishing (1 January 2018)
- Reading level : 16 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Collector's Edition is incredible to hold, although a tad uneasy on the eye (font size should have been larger) and gives you a wholesome reading experience.
I found Anand Neelakantan's rendition of Duryodhan refreshing,crisp and relatable in its humane aspect.
If not as bewitching and unputdownable as Amish's Raavan (book 3 of his Ramchandra series), Anand Neelakantan's 'Ajaya' makes up in its wholesome portrait, minute caricature, gripping storytelling and scathing dissection of the characters in the Mahabharat.
Good buy for sure. Amazon excels in its sturdy packaging and early delivery, yet again. Delighted!