- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Hachette India (29 February 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9388322797
- ISBN-13: 978-9388322799
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Customer Reviews: 12 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Young Pandavas: The City of Elephants Paperback – 29 February 2020
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This is a b/w book with the narration by Sahadev. It will not come at you instantly. You need to read and be patient to get the perspective of a Pandava about whom not much has been written. It lets you imagine the characters while giving a new perspective to their personality.
Anupam, being the author and illustrator has chosen the best moments of the story to illustrate. In the City of Elephants, there is an episode where the kids are surprised to see their mother(kunti) relaxed and being served on by staff at the palace. A sight that they could never imagine their simple, forest-dwelling mother to have experienced. Kunti was born a princess and married to a prince ; hence her relief of having returned to the palace is beautifully depicted in this. They are all with human qualities. A mother needs her break too. This photo sums it all up for me.
What I like the most:
I have read and watched several versions of the Mahabharata. It is filled with so many stories and backgrounds of each character. Even after all this, I was still pleasantly surprised while reading the book.
I am in in my 30s. My father in law is in his 70s. We both read the book with equal enthusiasm. It is refreshing to listen to the perspective of Sahadev. I had never wondered about Nakul and Sahadev missing their mother ever. Why did I think they would be okay when their biological mother died just because Kunti was an affectionate step mother? This book brings back that perspective. You will start thinking deeper about each of the brothers and the other characters. .How everyone has so many layers to them and how this epic has so many opportunities for an author to explore. Anupam has not let this chance go by. With the hook at the end, I had to go and immediately purchase The School for Warriors!
Pls update this book to look more colourful and catchy pictures ...This book is looking some old age book and children doesn't like to read with enthusiasm...
I was very enthu wen I ordered this book as I thought it would help my child to understand the basic story to Mahabharata in the way of attractive pics of the characters ..
1. I love Indian mythology and I was intrigued when I read the synopsis and saw that cute cover!
2. This book is narrated by Sahadev, the youngest and least known of all the Pandava brothers. Arunachalam gave Sahadev the spotlight he deserved!
I read these books in one sitting. They’re all of 123 pages and before you know it, you are done! And you want the next book in the series!
Arunachalam has captured the essence of the Mahabharata and blended it with his quirky, hilarious writing style to dish up this catchy series! He has entered into the mind of a nine-year-old prince and perfected his perspective in the narration. Filled with light humor and tons of adventures, and oh, horrible cliffhangers, these books will have you hurtling through them!
Yudhisthir’s law-abiding and inquisitive nature, Bhim’s strength, Arjun’s enthusiasm and zeal, Nakul’s obsession with looks and horse-riding, and Sahadev’s innocence, their rivalry with the Kauravas (especially Duryodhan. Damn, that kid IS annoying.) are served to you on a platter with just the right amount of garnishing in the form of cute illustrations (and yes, the author is ALSO the illustrator. How cool is that?)!
I am so glad I picked these books up! If you are someone who loves fun spins on mythology, then you’re in for a treat! Not only do these books keep you hooked, they also teach you what the original scripture intends to teach its readers. The Mahabharata was badly in need of revamping to appeal to the current generation, and thanks to Anupam, we have a modified version that’ll appeal to everyone, old and young!
This was an instant favorite and I can’t wait to go on more adventures with the Pandava brothers and their notorious one hundred cousins! Those illustrations are to die for!
That is where Young Pandavas takes a refreshing look at events through a child's eyes and makes for a fun way for kids to know the glorious epic. The book also fulfills another very important criterion for a children's book - yummy descriptions of food! :)
But even as an adult, I enjoyed seeing the Pandavas as the humans they would have been than purely warriors and heirs to the throne. We almost forget that they would have been kids once and it is fun to imagine how they would have related to each other and their collective fate as kids. I also loved the way the chapters ended which give you goosebumps, especially when certain critical characters make their entry! The only thing I missed in this book (and which it would have awesome if it could technically be included) is Lord Krishna :)