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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Govinda by Krishna Udayasankar. Aryavarta — the ancient realm of the noble. For generations, the Firstborn dynasty of scholar-sages, descendants of Vasishta Varuni and protectors of the Divine Order on earth, has dominated here. For just as long, the Angirasa family of Firewrights, weapon-makers to the kings and master inventors, has defied them.
In the aftermath of the centuries-long conflict between the two orders, the once-united empire of Aryavarta lies splintered, a shadow of its former glorious self. Now, the last Secret Keeper of the Firewrights is dead, killed by a violent hand, and the battle for supreme power in the empire is about to begin.
As mighty powers hurtle towards a bloody conflict, Govinda Shauri, cowherd-turned-prince and now Commander of the armies of Dwaraka, must use all his cunning to counter deception and treachery if he is to protect his people and those whom he loves.
But who holds the key to the fantastic and startling knowledge of the Firewrights, which in the wrong hands will bring doom upon the empire? 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? Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July by Hachette India first published January 1st More Details Original Title. The Aryavarta Chronicles 1.
Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Govinda , please sign up. Krishna, I am curious if Govinda anticipated Dharma stepping in and staking a claim on Panchali. I figured he was implicit in ensuring that Partha would win her to send her to the house of Kurus but did he anticipate the Dharma factor?
See 1 question about Govinda…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Govinda The Aryavarta Chronicles, 1. Aug 01, Mansi rated it did not like it Shelves: cant-read-further-boring.
I have never seen any Indian author writing this badly. There are soooooooo many names, people,events etc this leaves the reader clueless. After 3 rd chapter. By all means copy Amish Tripathi but make sure that ur even half way near to his wits and intelligence. After Meluha it seems that young people with a Post - Grad degree and an ability to write are on a spree to pick up a mythological character and mold it into human form and write a battle around it.
What came as a shocker was the language, it was so casual, the conversation between two characters was so much like our day today convo,if you are writing for a particular era than make sure that dialect matches to that age.
Cant write a detailed review as I had no strength and willingness to wrack my brain or time over this. View all 19 comments. I think I have shared earlier in the review of Beast by Krishna Udayasankar, but let me share it again. But I read Govinda much later in And by the time I decided to buy the next two parts of the series they were out of the shelf.
Recently I saw a post by Krishna that the Govinda series along with Immortal are adopted by Penguin India and they ar I think I have shared earlier in the review of Beast by Krishna Udayasankar, but let me share it again. Recently I saw a post by Krishna that the Govinda series along with Immortal are adopted by Penguin India and they are re-published.
As Govinda is the same as the previous copy I bought, I went through the book to revise important points that can be covered in the review. Before I go to plot discussion, let me give you a brief comparison of two editions. Cover - Though both editions are paperbacks, the first edition cover was more elegant than the latest one.
The latest edition is having proper paperbacks look. Font settings - Here the latest edition has won the race, where the first edition has smaller fonts this edition has adequate sized fonts for the better reading experience.
Well, the first edition is no longer available, so you don't have a choice to select an edition of your likings. But I have both editions, so I gave details as per my experience. As the name suggests the main character of our story is Govinda Saury, a cowherd who became general of Dwarka's military. The next main character is Panchali, princess of Panchala. To bring a unique angle to the story, the author has shown the world with mere mortal without any divine powers.
The book starts with the death of Ghora Angisara, the last known Firewrites of Mahabharata time. With his death, a bigger plan of powerful people brought into a crumble.
On another side, a cowherd Gopala took it on himself to bring Pandava to the front runners of Aryavarta. Pandava, five brothers, who themselves were not sure of their heritage due to mystery behind their birth, were supported by Govinda achieved many unreachable targets which they may not be able to if Govinda was not present with them.
As the already mentioned concept is unique and so was the delivery of the content. You will get a good amount of description to enhance your experience. It is up to you to decide whether you are okay with lengthy narrations or not. Coming to the content part, I have just read part one, but Mahabharata is vast and writing story till Rajsuya in just first part in around pages, which I found a little bit fast.
She might have taken it slowly. Having said that, there are places where the pace of the story was medium, and there are places where the pace was fast enough to keep turning pages.
I found a few factual things misplaced, apart from that a nice read. Jul 07, Sahitya rated it it was amazing Shelves: read , fantasy-and-scifi , favorites , indian-classics-and-retellings , politics-feminism-religion , 5-star. Mahabharata is my favorite book in the world and nothing will ever change that. The author has decided to strip the divinity from the epic and retell it as a socio-political saga of the kingdoms of Aryavarta, and I think she succeeds at it very well.
The central conflict around which the story revolves here is something new, and that definitely makes it feel like a refreshing tale. The world building is done excellently, slowly revealing bits and pieces, so that it never feels info dumpy.
I loved the descriptions of the kingdoms and the palaces and the terrain in general, my particular favorite being the absolutely stunning depiction of Dwaraka - I could actually feel the sun and the waves and the total awe that Partha feels when he arrives at its gates.
The author also makes the characters here utterly human, with all their complicated motivations and moral dilemmas and I loved seeing them in a new light. The author manages to accentuate this feeling by giving some of the characters their not so popular names, so it never feels like you are just reading the Mahabharata. The story follows multiple POV characters, so we get to know what everyone is thinking and the political plans they are weaving.
The major perspectives we get are Govinda and Panchali, and I was just utterly fascinated by their relationship. Govinda loves his people and dedicates his whole life to be able to create a lasting empire, but he is also very dispassionate and almost emotionless in the way he manipulates everyone, which makes him pretty unlikable to everyone and also very difficult to get to know him closely. Panchali on the other hand is fiery, very intelligent and capable and is appalled at the way women are discriminated against and prevented from being in ruling positions.
However, she is also pragmatic and uses her smarts to run her kingdom as well as understand the long term implications of everything happening around across the empire. Vyasa, Sanjaya, Asvathama and Shikhandin also play very important roles and it was fascinating to see them as much more developed characters. Dharma is probably the one Pandava whose depiction really surprised me, and I never knew it was possible to show him in such a morally grey light. If you love Mahabharata reinterpretations, I would definitely recommend this book to you.
View 1 comment. Feb 14, RustyJ rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , mythology , good-read. The rating is 3. What a refreshing read! Krishna Udayshankar has done a phenomenal job of demystifying the mythical heroes and villains and makes a fantastic attempt at getting to the 'why' of events rather than the 'what'. A very readable retelling of the Mahabharata, in which every character, from Krishna to Draupadi to Yudhishthira are mortals, with very human motivations, drives and failings.
The book is fast paced for a body of work with the immensity of the Mahabharata - in The rating is 3.
Book Review: The Aryavarta Chronicles, Book 1: Govinda
And before I start reviewing the book, thanks to a very good friend of mine who got this book for me, in fact gifted it to me. Else I might have missed this wonderful mythological fiction, one of my favorite genres in reading. All I can say that the Gods would definitely be pleased! Coming back to the book—from the title you can make out that the central figure of this book is Krishna or Govinda Shauri, as referred in the book.
Aryavarta, the ancient realm of the noble. For generations the Firstborn dynasty of scholar-sages, descendants of Vasishta Varuni and protectors of the Divine Order on earth, has dominated here. For just as long, the Angirasa family of Firewrights, weapon-makers to the kings and master inventors, has defied them. In the aftermath of the centuries-long conflict between the two orders, the once-united empire of Aryavarta lies splintered, a shadow of its former glorious self. Now the last Secret Keeper of the Firewrights is dead, killed by a violent hand, and the battle for supreme power in the empire is about to begin.