Thursday, September 19, 2019

Chakravyuh - Through the Eyes of the Young Warrior by Aniket Sharma

With Chakravyuh I think I have added one more feather in our collection of mythological fiction based on Mahabharata only. I have around 25 books in the said category but our hunger for more has never seen an end. With Chakravyuha I got to read yet another dimension from none other than Abhimanyu's point of view.


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CHAKRAVYUH is a modern adaptation of the greatest epic ever written in the history of humankind; MAHABHARATA. This is a retelling of a part of the epic from the perspective of a young warrior who was descendant of Kuru dynasty; born to lead; but destiny had some other plans for him. A loyal son, a loving brother, a caring husband, a disciplined disciple and a true warrior defied all the odds to be decorated in history for many generations to come. His skills and intellect were no less than his forefathers, but he was not bound to the dogmas followed by his ancestors. His judgement of situations was his own, and he didn’t follow the dynastic parlances. In many ways, he was ahead of his times and definitely more mature than his age.
Well, Chakravyuh in the title is meant for war strategy used by Kaurava in Mahabharata, so it is obvious that the protagonist of our story is Abhimanyu. The story started from Agyatvas (incognito exile) of Pandava. The end of the Agyatvas brought Abhimanyu in the story. His entry came with his marriage proposal. Unfortunately, the lad took part in the war soon after his marriage. Once the war started the author has focused on fight happened around Abhimanyu, how he made his first kill and victory over fearsome warriors, how their side collectively lost some great allies. One third or fourth of the portion covers the last day of his life, 13th day, which has made Abhimanyu hero for the years/millennia to come by. Read the book to know more.

Well, the book is written with either 3rd person or 1st person only for Abhimanyu. I got a little bit confused initially. Things are written in the present tense.

The writing style is simple and lucid. You can easily finish it Good book for beginners t increase or cultivate reading habit. The most attractive part is the cover design. With the look of semi hardcover, it looks posh. Only complain is font settings. They were not properly chosen. You may feel like reading report due to font selection.

I would like to thank "Author's Channel" for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Ratings
  1. Cover - 5/5
  2. Concept - 3/5
  3. Content - 3.5/5
  4. Overall - 3/5
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