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Chaturanga (Baahubali: Before the Beginning) Paperback – 6 August 2020
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About the Author
Anand Neelakantan is the bestselling author of Asura: Tale of the Vanquished, the Ajaya series and Vanara—the Legend of Baali, Sugreeva and Tara. His books have been translated into more than fourteen languages, including Indonesian.
Anand has also written the screenplays for hugely popular TV series including Siya Ke Ram, Ashoka and Mahabali Hanuman. He writes columns in The Hindu, Indian Express, The Pioneer, Washington Post, and Scroll.in.
The first book in the Bāhubali series, The Rise of Sivagami, was released in 2017 and was the Amazon remarkable book of the year. The book was shortlisted for the Crossword Popular Award and received the Kalinga International Literary Award for the best popular fiction, 2017. Netflix has announced a series based on the Bāhubali books.
Anand lives in Mumbai with his family.
From the Publisher
The eldest Prince, Bijjaladeva - confident, egotistic, temperamental, and struggling to best his brother so that he may become the crown prince. He lords over his subjects in fear and is a rebel to his parents. Will he change his ways to become the ruler Mahishmathi needs or will he remain the same and lead Mahishmathi to its downfall?
The ruler of Mahishmathi, Sivagami, was once nothing but a traitor's daughter - ridiculed and ignored. From avenging her father to rising through the ranks, her journey was not an easy one. The first woman in the Maharaja's court. The love of Prince Mahadeva's life. The envy of everyone else. She played with fire, but will she get burnt?
Born a slave to serve the rulers of Mahishmathi, Kattapa is obedient, loyal, and believes in his cause. He leaves no stone overturned to keep the royalty safe and his eyes are turned away from any of their misdeeds. Yet, his brother's words have wiggled into his head. Is life as a slave worth living or is there more to life? As doubt creeps in and the young slave falls in love, will Kattapa abandon his Dharma and become a free man?
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- Item Weight : 230 g
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9389152445
- ISBN-13 : 978-9389152449
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.03 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Westland (6 August 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The second book did not meet the expectation that was set by the first book Rise of Sivagami.
This book was more like book written for finishing a deadline than to actually bring out a well crafted second book. Lets hope the third book doesn’t disappoint.
The book makes use of a rich language that neither overpowers the story nor does it unnecessarily complicate things.
Is it entertaining?
The book is packed with entertainment. The pace is much quicker than the unhurried pace of Book 1. There is a sense of urgency with which the characters tend to move. If you are reading the Books 1 and 2 back to back, this difference might feel much more pronounced to you.
How good are the characters?
The characters are winners of this story. While in Book 1, they are either pure evil or inherently good,it is in ‘Chaturanga’ that we get to see their various shades. They become much more nuanced and many of them constantly oscillate between good and bad often blurring the lines that separate the two.
What did I like?
At a subliminal level, the book reads like a social commentary that portrays the ugly realities of our world. It serves as an appropriate example of what can go wrong with a country when the interests of the mass are sacrificed at the high altar of the class.
In the end
In the end, Anand Neelakantan’s ‘Chaturanga’ is a book worth every minute that you spend reading.
I hope third part will live upto author's calibre.
It's very fast paced,will be completed easily.
Hoping that the 3rd book will be released this year. Waiting for it.