A Bard retells


aryavarta chroniclesGovinda,

Author: Krishna Udayshankar.

ISBN 978-93-5009-446-4

Genre Mythology

First of the Aryavarta chronicles, a retelling of Jaya. A mildly interesting variation of the traditional Mahabharata.

The story charts the power fight between the Fire Wrights and Firstborn. The lineage of which is chronicled in the early pages of the book. The first book of the unnumbered chronicles focuses on Govinda the prince who became cowherd and relapsed into being prince. He is addressed as Govinda Shauri.

Draupadi being the pivotal character, the standard events are presented differently. The standard characters are also unrecognizable as their traditional names have been dropped. Karna barely makes his presence felt.

The sexual tension between Draupadi-Arjuna and Karna is replaced by her fascination for Govinda, who reciprocates but does not acknowledge the feeling.

The much ignored characters of Mahabharata on television like Ashwathama, Shikhandi are strong characters in the rendering of this bard.

Does tease a contemplation to buy the next book in the series “The Fire Wrights.”

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