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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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The book was disappointing

Anand Neelakandan pretends to be New generation Mahabharata. This story cannot be called as a reinterpretation of Mahabharata. The writer has changed the whole texture of the epic and started weaving story on his own. Anand has disappointed me.

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Beautifully Written.

A whole new purview for the Kaurav clan has been surfaced, a treat for readers.

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Excellent Narration of a different perspective

nothing is the absolute truth. neither the Mahabharata that we've been taught, nor its romanticised version in this book. all we could say is that take this one with a pinch of salt and apply your own logic

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Different perspective

Good pace & narration. Thought provoking as to what is right and what is wrong.

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best interpretation

Review: Roll of the dice is Mahabharata in Duryodhan/Suyodhan point of view. The story gives the view of Suyodhan struggles with is unique characteristics from his childhood. Where all the people is following cast dharma which is in holy scripts as they call. Suyodhan thinks about the value and the people above their caste. He thinks dharma is to protect the people and charish the value. Coming to is name why called Duryodhan instead of suyodhan his birth name. His pandava brother teased him of he is a dur because of his thoughts and action. He bringing devastation to others. Later off the few incidents everybody started to call him Duryodhan. Su prefix means successful. Du prefix means unsuccessful. This story is all about caste system. Karna who is interpreted as a low caste becaming a kshathirya and a king is a sin. In this book we start to love Dhuryodhan and feel uneasy of Krishna's actions who we always see him as a loveable god. I can't accept Krishna as a gamer but he is on purpose he dose things knowing its andam. I also felt story ends abruptly. It eagers me to read the next book. I feel like whole mahabharata is a game of Krishna and saguni. I like the narration of the story it was interesting. Even though the book was lengthy. I never felt it was long. Narration is up to the point. So the phase of the book is well manged. My favourite sence where when suyodhan falls in love with subathra. 《But that love is unsuccessful 》 And Later when suyodhan caught his friend karna holding his wife banumathi's waist. He seems so cool like nothing bothered him. Later when banumathi confronted him, he said i have faith in my friend Karna who will never ever would wrong me. I also loved the way Dhropathi was portrayed strong and innocent. I recommend this for mythology fiction lovers and who likes to read the books from other perspectives. Caution it makes the best characters we know in real mahabharata a quationable characters. If u loved the authors other book Ausra u know what to expect. Still i feel here there is more to expect. This is not a mythology book its a mythology fiction. This is totally author's interpretation. So don't hang on to the facts.

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Brilliantly done!

A gripping and interesting narration of the great epic. Good narration as well. Nicely done!

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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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  • 26-02-20

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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