HONOUR. DESIRE. VENGEANCE. Aryavarta – the ancient realm of the noble. For generations, the Firstborn dynasty of scholar-sages, descendants of Vasishta . Maybe I am a little late to the party but could not resist answering this question as I have read one series and attmepted to read the other but failed. First about. Krishna Udayasankar is a Singapore-based Indian author, known for her modern retelling of Mahabharata through the novels Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra. The three books collectively comprise The Aryavarta Chronicles.

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Nov 25, Megha rated it it was ok Shelves: The author has introduced several exciting and interesting ideas, but seems to be in a hurry to get to the next one. We start with an encounter between friends – Govinda and the royal set of Panchal, meeting in the forests of Aryavarta. I would recommend this book to everyone who is interested in different take on the epic. She has described various kingdoms so well that you can actually visualise you being there. Skip to content Just finished reading the last page of the book: It was actually K.

Parth and Govinda’s sl Govinda is the tale of a man. Some of us grew up with these characters, for some of us, these incidents and tales are part of our psyche, they define some of our most closely and absolutely held beliefs. Now, the last Secret Keeper of the Firewrights is dead, killed by a violent hand, and the battle for cnronicles power in the empire is about to begin.

The relationships aryavartta each caharacter and the emotions are written splendidly. Its a retelling of the Mahabharata but stripping it away from all its Gods, Magic and poetry.

Govinda in and upon its success has written two other books for the Aryavarta Chronicles series and many other well acclaimed books. Were they really evil? The Legend of Aryavaarta. The way the events hape up is written well, initially you might find it as drag but thisis all the buil up to an exciting book. A —Reviewed by Anuj Sharma — At the young and naive age of six, my grandmother got me married. Arysvarta of my basic understanding of Indian mythology came from reading the Amar Chitra Katha as a kid, and eventually it exposed me to whole world of stories based on history and mythology and evoke my innate love for them.


Chtonicles, Krishna Udyasankar really does great job in her aryavarta chronicles. The plot lines are a foundation for the sequels, therefore, the author, chtonicles a lot of time developing character details and locations, in lucid fashion.

From there we see the same events unfold but mostly from the perspective of Panchali who is trying to understand the reason for Govinda’s chess moves. The rivalry and fighting between the Firewrights and chronciles Firstborn dynasty is a thread which runs through this aeyavarta and as Book One comes to an end, stays alive to continue into Book Two. Jul 21, Adarsh rated it did not like it.

Krishna comes across as a mature author in this respect. I consider myself to be well acquainted with the Mahabharata as I have read the cnronicles work as well as the other books about it such as Mrityunjay, Parva, Yajnaseni, and those by C.

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This book completely blew me away. They worked side by side and contributed to the fortunes of Aryavrata. The gamble of power and how Govinda Shauri plans meticulously his each chronicless every move is jaw dropping. So I don’t quite remember the book in detail. The story will make you look at the map given in the starting of the book a number of cgronicles with all the places and ancient kingdom with their terrain qualities clearly marked. Yet I was completely enthralled by the story, as I was constantly kept a bit askew by the story’s turns and twists.

The book does not come across as the first-time attempts of a novice at all. And does Govinda have it in him to confront the dark secrets of his past and discover the true meaning of being Arya, of being noble? Too often you read books by first time authors which have good ideas and story lines bu are let down by weak characterisation.


The whole book is hinged on a clash of clans two of them! Very interesting the play of words esp. Main city of Dwarka and its architecture is also well shown.

The book gently prodded you to dare to think on a different term. One must read all three in the Series.

Book Review: The Aryavarta Chronicles, Book 1: Govinda – Rain From A Stranger

Maybe if the author had given it a few more months, it would have turned out to be far better than the already very good read that it is. Udayasankar is an excellent writer. This is exactly a point where I found the author to not reach up to her mark as a writer of fantasy.

The author brushes away debates of “who’s version of the epic is correct?

I have been interested in reading about Indian Mythology and it’s contemporary takes for quite some time now and hence I agreed to give this series a read. If you are a seller for this product, would you chroniclse to suggest updates through seller support? The author does a great justice by deglamorizing these eminent chfonicles of Mahabharata, who are so far we have always revered and treated them as divine figures in human form.

Story presentation, character depiction, etc Krishna stands well as author with huge imagination, but several will not like the way several characters were portrayed. It made for refreshing reading. Books by Krishna Udayasankar. Aryavarta Chronicles 1 the debut novel of Krishna Udayasankar, reinventing Mahabharata, the longest epic ever I have never seen any Indian author writing this badly.

Chronicless stands for the ordinary man, yearning for Govinda’s friendship, but never questioning him or his motives.

At the Beginning The three books have been sitting on my table for a while now.