Arjuna Saga of A Pandava Warrior-Prince: 1 Paperback – 1 January 2015
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- ASIN : 9381576394
- Publisher : Leadstart Publishing Private Limited; First edition (1 January 2015); Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd.Unit – 25-26, Building A/1, Near Wadala R.T.O. Wadala(E), Mumbai – 400 037.
- Language : English
- Paperback : 364 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9789381576397
- ISBN-13 : 978-9381576397
- Item Weight : 463 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.31 x 21.59 cm
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #116,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For me, Arjuna was the most prominent & charismatic male character in the Mahabharata whose stories fascinated me from my childhood. He was known by many names --- 'Arjun', son of Pritha, 'Partha' son of Pritha, 'Phalguna' one who born under the star Phalguni, 'Kiriti' who was presented with a golden diadem by Indra, 'Swetavahana' rider of a divine chariot, 'Jishnu' one whose rage is dreadful to behold & who became scourge of three worlds, 'Bibhatsu' one who is fair & ethical in conduct, 'Vijaya' one who never lose a battle, 'Savyasachi' one who is ambidextrous, 'Dhananjaya' one who brings prosperity wherever he goes --- & had various facets & shades in his character, but who Arjuna really was? The author Anuja Chandramouli attempted to answer this question in her debut novel Arjuna Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince.
Now coming to my view about the book, it was written in simple language, which is quite too simple for me. Each chapter tells you some incidents from Arjuna's life, like short stories. Judging from its name I was expecting the book to be a character-driven story, that it will portray the Mahabharata from Arjuna's POV, something like The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, but to my utter disappointment, I was so wrong. The book is nothing but a summarised retelling of the Mahabharata. There was no characterization, dialogues were seemed to be put forcefully & lots of backward forward storytelling makes the storyline confusing. The first half of the book is very fast pace & many important incidents are either ignored or written hurriedly, while the 2nd half felt too dragging. Long conversations, characters background stories & descriptions of the battle scenes are used to unnecessarily stretched the chapters long. The relation which Arjun share with Drupadi is disregarded. She comes only in a few pages in the entire book, while the story of Karna is elaborately described in the 2nd half as if it was his story, not Arjuna's.
After completing the book, I was feeling like why the hell I read this book. Its complete waste of time. I would not recommend this book to anyone. I will give 1 star out of 5 & that too for the author's boldness to write about such a larger than life characters in her debut novel.
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Arjuna's perspective is rather visibly lacking, except in some instances almost like an afterthought. If anything, in places, this reads like Karna's version of events. When he is discussed, Karna's character is drawn using a gentler and more admiring hand. Most of the other characters are really caricatures and I was rather disappointed with the village idiot role assigned to Bhima, especially since I had just finished M T Vasudevan Nair's Bhima — The Lone Warrior before I started on this book. Probably, the only thing this book did for me was make me realize, through sharp contrast, the brilliance of M T Vasudevan Nair.
The writing is also verbose and packed with adjectives that make for a mouthful but don't in any way add to the narrative. Also, I disliked awkward sentence constructions like "doom you seem to be craving for".