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Rise of Kali

Duryodhana's Mahabharata
Written by: Anand Neelakantan
Narrated by: Siddhanta Pinto
Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
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The Mahabharata endures as the great epic of India.

While Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra, Ajaya is the tale of the Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man.   

From the pen of the author who gave voice to Ravana in the national best seller Asura comes the riveting narrative which compels us to question the truth behind the Mahabharata.   

The dark age of Kali is rising, and every man and woman must choose between duty and conscience, honour and shame, life and death....

The Pandavas, banished to the forest following the disastrous games of dice, return to Hastinapura. Draupadi has vowed not to bind her hair till she washes it in the blood of the Kauravas. Karna must choose between loyalty and gratitude, friend and Guru. Aswathama undertakes a perilous mission to the mountains of Gandhara, in search of the Evil One. Kunti must decide between her firstborn and her other sons. Guru Drona has to stand with either his favourite disciple or his beloved son. Balarama, having failed to convince his brother about the adharma of violence, walks the streets of Bharatavarsha, spreading the message of peace. Ekalavya is called to make the ultimate sacrifice to uphold a woman’s honour. Jara, the beggar, sings of Krishna’s love while his blind dog, Dharma, follows. Shakuni can almost see the realization of his dream to destroy India.   

As the Pandavas stake their claim to the Hastinapura throne, the Kaurava Crown Prince, Suyodhana, rises to challenge Krishna. As great minds debate dharma and adharma, power hungry men prepare for an apocalyptic war. The women, highborn and humble, helplessly watch the unfolding disaster with deep foreboding. And greedy merchants and unscrupulous priests lie in wait like vultures. Both sides know that beyond the agony and carnage, the winner will take all. But even as gods conspire and men’s destinies unfold, a far greater truth awaits.

©2015 Anand Neelakantan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Shake your beliefs to the core.

This book will Shake your beliefs to the core and reinstall new belief system in you which is better version of your previous self. this book is more than Mahabharata. This book is about life and the Black/Grey/White Area of it. After completing this book - My heart was filled with contentment and at the same time it was feeling empty, My heart was coming out from my chest and at the same time it was more stable then ever in my chest. This book opens a completely new dimension to your beliefs, emotions and life. Heart is a organ of emotions it will change. I am kind of person who always supported both side in Mahabharata.. it has shaken my belief itself. you can image the impact you will have when you were supporting only pandvas. This book has shaken my belief system on Krishna, destroyed it and reinstalled it. You will go through a hard phase if you are a Krishna Bhakt. The new beilef that no one is perfect and everyone has their own flaws. Even god themselves commit mistakes in the heat of the moment but graceful accept the fruit of the karma, that's what make them great. I promise it has changed me for better and I can't type all that. it's a different feeling.

the book is the excellent depecit of Mahabharat. The author Anand Neelakantan is to the next level. The performance I give 100000000/10. It's a excellent performance - outstanding, marvellous and fantastic. It's the best audio performance till date I heard. Siddhanta Pinto must perform more books. I wish to see 100's of books under his performance in Audible. Thank you Audible for the amazing experience. Thanks a lot. You will definitely need a lot of self control to stop listening to it once you start this book. you just can't stop listening to it.

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An excellent (re)interpretation of the great epic

A story that leaves you with more questions than answers, but in the process opens you to new perspectives and attention to nuances.

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great

loved it..for what it is, experience the bliss by listening to it. good narrative as well. a detailed narration of another side of the coin(mahabharata)

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great epic

fantastic revamp of the epic Yet another star after asuras Belief of actions as dharma

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Must lisent.... Worth the time spend ....

Siddhanta pinto, brought the story to life with his performance. love the view point of the author....
whole narration without twisting the plot or the communication of the great saint Vyasa...

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Doing your karma righteous way , is it Dharma ?

Yesterday I finished reading the book " Rise of Kali " by my adored writer Anand Neelakantan. As usual by getting impressed by yet another book , I thought of sharing a few rumblings that are hanging in my mind during and post reading the book. So here I am again.

As a child or while in school I was not particularly taught Mahabharat stories in a structured manner. Nevertheless I always had the opportunities to listen to its stories as my grandfather read and explained it to the villagers in his regular sittings almost everyday. Affectionately and also with pride he would ask me to read a few lines from Kumaravyasa Bharata ( in Kannada) and tell his audience how good that I was at reading. Though it embarrassed me at that moment , I was always there admiring his interpretation of Mahabharat with lots of his own imaginations. Besides this the learnings about Mahabharat were through dramas played by villagers almost every year and other such events including few titbits in school books. Thus I carried a very traditional impression of the stories despite nagging questions in mind about many things over there particularly on the enigmatic thing called "Dharma".

As I grew up, got more opportunities to read more and more about our epics and there arose this contemplation of applying rationality into everything we read as a story . Elsewhere I have said that these epics would be written and rewritten for 1000 more years to come with authors interpreting the stories from every side and by applying their conscience. Anand Neelakantan is one such author whom I adore . His other book " Asura, the tale of the vanquished ( Story of Ravan and his people) " was my first read of him.

This book , "Rise of Kali " is a Mahabharat story keeping Suyodhan ( Duryodhana) in focus. Though FB is not a place to write a review , but after getting overwhelmed by the book, all I can say is, it tries to answer many questions that you would have probably thought about in mind and makes you to think and ask new questions . That is the way I look at every epic particularly Mahabharat and Ramayan should be leading a discerning reader. You can ponder over understanding what is Dharma. By performing your duty or karma in a righteous manner , is it Dharama ? Can it be different when it comes to different people like, Ekalavya, Dhrona , Bhishma, Mandodari , Karna , Iravan , the son of Arjun, Ghatodgaja son of Bhim, Kunti, Dutarasta, Krishna , Ashwatthama . The book epitomises the stories of each one of them by making you think , somewhere they are all used by destiny or higher power towards a cause , though the cause in itself does not appear to have served anyone at the end.

As a reader , though you would wonder with the writer, as to who eventually won the kurukshetra war in a true sense, you will reflect about the wheel of Dharma that is said to change with time.
The narration is brilliant and the story line keeps you completely captivated. I really enjoyed the book by repeatedly reading quite a few chapters there by correlating with my grandfather though he did the same as per his dharma of the time he lived in .
Even if you do not want to get philosophical as above , this book entertains the reader as a story from the perspective of vanquished Duryodhan in a beautiful way.

I recommend it to every indulging reader.

Anj Aradhya / Bengaluru / 25th Aug 2020

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really liked it

story, dialogues and narator..all were excellent
loved to hear vanquished perspective..always had a lot of questions.
now got answers

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the rise of kali

ok,too much against krishna , some where interesting.came to know about Shakuni, Eklavya, and many others

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Amazing to listen to.

This is my first audible story/book. As usual loved the retelling of the epic and the narrator has done a good job of bringing in the liveliness of the characters in the story.

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extremely gripping

while I have seen Mahabharata and know the story however this book gives you the story from duryodhan's side and that makes it so i interesting. it also makes you think that what when u hear a story always always think of the other side to it .

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This is an exceptional way to know Mahabharata from the other side.

This is an exceptional way to know Mahabharata from the other side. I always baffled at the “varnashankar jayate “ concert raises by Krishna in 2nd chapter of Bhagvad Gita, but was never imagined the possibilities of caste system of that time. This book had raised many valid questions on the concept of Dharma as its is imposed on us. Well done author and narrator. Kudos.