After a real long time, I have enjoyed a Mahabharata retelling so much. Govinda by Krishna Udayasankar is explosive, if I had to describe it in a word. While some of the books I have read recently stuck to the traditional narration with black and white shades for the characters of the definitive epic of India, Udayashankar’s book paints them in all shades of grey and some times even in VIBGYOR. Book that reminds you of the epic in the vaguest possible way but focusses on the characters in a manner you wouldn’t have imagined them earlier is only the first in the trilogy.
For those familiar with the back stories from Mahabharata, some of the sensibilities of the plot will not come as a surprise or even as shock; there will be many who will look at the epic in a new light after reading Govinda. The Firewrights and Firstborns rivalry that forms the basic plot for the Aryavrata Chronicles, makes the events of the epic, a sub plot. This twist to the known story is complementary to an engaging narration.
A must on every mythology reader’s shelf.
Review copy provided by Hachette India
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