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Publisher's Summary

The Mahabharata endures as the great epic of India. But while Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra, Ajaya is the narrative of the ‘unconquerable’ Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man. 

At the heart of India’s most powerful empire, a revolution is brewing. Bhishma, the noble patriarch of Hastinapura, is struggling to maintain the unity of his empire. On the throne sits Dhritarashtra, the blind King, and his foreign-born Queen - Gandhari. In the shadow of the throne stands Kunti, the Dowager-Queen, burning with ambition to see her firstborn become the ruler, acknowledged by all. And in the wings: Parashurama, the enigmatic Guru of the powerful Southern Confederate, bides his time to take over and impose his will from mountains to ocean. 

Ekalavya, a young Nishada, yearns to break free of caste restrictions and become a warrior. Karna, son of a humble charioteer, travels to the South to study under the foremost Guru of the day and become the greatest archer in the land. Balarama, the charismatic leader of the Yadavas, dreams of building the perfect city by the sea and seeing his people prosperous and proud once more. Takshaka, guerilla leader of the Nagas, foments a revolution by the downtrodden as he lies in wait in the jungles of India, where survival is the only dharma. Jara, the beggar, and his blind dog Dharma, walk the dusty streets of India, witness to people and events far greater than they, as the Pandavas and the Kauravas confront their searing destinies. 

Amidst the chaos, Prince Suyodhana, heir of Hastinapura, stands tall, determined to claim his birthright and act according to his conscience. He is the maker of his own destiny - or so he believes. While in the corridors of the Hastinapura palace, a foreign Prince plots to destroy India. And the dice falls....

©2013 Anand Neelakantan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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The Performance by Siddhanta Pinto is excellent... Wonderful. One of the best Audible Performance. You will the story of you love Mahabharat. The story is told for Kauravas view & is based on facts. It's great to see how Anand Sir writing has changed the my view completely on Mahabharat. Stories are how they are told.

I always felt from my childhood Suryodhana was a right man because of the way he give importance to merit instead of caste.

You won't be liking the role of Krishna in the first book... don't know about the second. It is a believable story unlike the TV Mahabharat were there is magic & gods and so much illogical things. I Feel Jara character was a way too much.

No matter How Mahabharat is told... Karna is always the Hero :).

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A balanced view of the long suppressed other side

It gives a logical and balanced with with Kauravas point of view and their own struggle. It also shows how well the politics was done amazing the clans and so many diplomatic and strategic relationships and mistakes. The narration was great

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A paradigm shift indeed...

Great recounting of a part of Mahabharata from the perspective of the so-called villains. It stirs the very fabric of belief and judgement that has been impressed upon us since childhood...

It raises many questions in my mind. Who was on the right side of Dharma? How would the scriptures look like, if Suyodhan succeeded. More importantly, how would have the face of India changed if Suyodhan, a supposed upholder of merit system and not the caste system?
Indeed a thought provoking book. Kudos

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Excellent one

This book gives you knowledge about how you have to act when satiation is not your fever, even this will give you a deep understanding of Pandev.

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Best of the best.

Nothing mattered to me once I started to listen. A ride of emotionals and the narrative was so good.

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Narration is very very bad . I don't recommend

I surely do not recommend because the narration is pathetic
I've read the book normally
but wanted to relisten as I live it so much
but the narration is one of the most horrible ones I've heard

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amazing story & narration

different perspective when looked from the other side. still having my mind confused between good and bad

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a diffrent angle of discription of story

This is really a different angle of the most popular story of all times. it must be listed without any pre convice notions.

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nice one

great narration and story line if one likes mythology.
hats off on the narration style

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Equivocal Fiction

loved the narration. story progresses in a good tempo through out the book. Interesting perspective (from Duryodhana side) to pick for book.

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  • 03-11-20

Must read if you're into Indian Mythology

Very well written story by Anand Neelakantan.
Siddhanta Pinto did a good job in narrating.

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Excellent storytelling!!

Amazing storytelling. Really liked the book. It’s a very different perspective of world’s largest epic.

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The other sides story.

Mahabaratha retold in a different perspective. Great story telling. Would be better if the narration was professional. The low pitched voice in between for characters are quite annoying.
Still giving 5 stars for the quality of the book. Great work Anand Neelakandan! Looking forward to list more similar works.

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