These pages retell in riveting detail the story of the Pandava Warrior-Prince who has captured the imagination of millions across centuries. This is the intense and human story of his loves, friendship, ambitions, weaknesses and follies, as well as his untimely death and revival, his stint as a eunuch, and the innermost reaches of his thoughts. It spans the epic journey from before his birth, when omens foretold his greatness, across the fabled, wondrous landscape that was his life. It is and will be Arjun for me, not Arjuna.
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Its mammoth story covers everything under the sun and offers advice for every situation. With its innumerable literally characters, it is not shocking that Anuja Chandramouli chose Arjuna to be the central character of her book Arjuna: the saga of the Pandava warrior-prince. The book is simply a re-telling of the Mahabharata with all events surrounding Arjuna, the third Pandava prince.
The book starts at his birth and goes on till his death. It details all the important and not-so important events of his life: his stint as an eunuch, his exile, his long-lasting enmity with Karna, his reverence for his brother Yudhisthira, his love for Draupadi and most importantly, his friendship with Krishna.
Each event is given great importance and the book is a typical narration of the Mahabharata, with no mixing up of facts. The language of the book is simple and does not draw away from the story. The book focuses on Arjuna and is well researched. The most endearing part of the book is that it strips Arjuna down to a mere mortal and shows us his perfections and flaws. It tells us that everyone is good and bad, with special reference to Arjuna. But then, any Indian knows that is one of the greatest lessons of the Mahabharata.
Every now and then, another character takes the stage. But that is unavoidable in a story like the Mahabharata, where everything is linked. The book, though has flaws in its narration, it is written in a haphazard way. It may seem dry as it does no more than just re-tell the narration with a change in protagonist. This book may engross one who has never read the Mahabharata, but for anyone who has, I would not recommend it. If you find the book interesting, buy from Amazon or Flipkart here:.
Arjuna is my favorite of the Pandavas. Thank god I read this review before buying this book. Thanks for the insight about this book Chaarvi. Click here to cancel reply. Email Address. All Rights Reserved. Powered by WordPress. Book Reviews Interviews. Book Reviews. Tags: anuja chandramouli , arjuna , epic , india , mahabharata , mythology. What do you think? Subscribe by Email Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.
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Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince
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Book Review: ‘Arjuna’ by Anuja Chandramouli
Arjuna — Saga of a Pandava Warrior Prince. ISBN Out of her deep love for the epic of Mahabharata, Anuja decided to pay her homage to this epic by retelling it with a modern panache. The story, or stories focus on events around Arjuna and his Pandava brothers and what events transpired throughout their lives, their struggles, victories and defeats. The author narrates briefly how the royal Kuru family was besieged by trouble and how the lords of Hastinapur tried to outmaneuver fate.
Arjuna by Anuja Chandramouli – Book Review
Reviewed by Privy Trifles September 27, Arjuna as a character has always fascinated me. If given a choice between Ramayana and Mahabharata I would always choose the later purely for him. His dedication, his vision, strength, ability to look beyond the usual, grit and most importantly his thoughts had me impressed since the first time ever that I read this. Behind The book.
I am a self-proclaimed Mahabharata fan. And you can actually con me into reading anything in the name of the epic. I have read it from the perspective of its various characters. And a couple of version of Draupadi. Arjuna is, of course, the hero of the story.