Sunday, August 12, 2018

Book Review - The Myth of Hastinapur by Rahul Rai

The Epic Mahabharata was written after Pandavas won the battle of Kurukshetra. Have you ever thought how gory stories would be if it was written by a completely neutral party? Both parties had a black spot but recount incidents and tell me which side got a bigger spot. I have read "Rise of Kali" by Anand Neelakantan and it made me question those events.

The Myth of Hastinapur by Rahul Rai is one such trial where the author has given perspectives of various characters at the different time of the grand event. 2-3 stories were kind of repeat for me, but remaining were really engaging. Like
  • The struggle of Drona and Ashwatthama - A completely new perspective for me
  • Two friends from two neighboring villages fighting from different sides
  • The last speech of Karna - the insistence of being known as Sootputr/Radheya
The narration style is simple. The author has focused more on story than detailing. For me, that is plus point. Language is straight and suitable for new learner or kids between 12 to 18 age. As the stories are in respect to different character, you will find randomness in order. For some, it may look jump from one timeline to another.

Final or one-liner review could be "A worthy read." Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 4/5
  2. Concept - 3.5/5
  3. Characters - 4.5/5 (Especially for Karna and Ashwatthama)
  4. Overall - 4/5
The book can be found at Amazon
Reviews from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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