Ajaya: Book 1: Roll of The Dice (Epic of The Kaurava Clan), the first book of the series Ajaya: Epic of The Kaurava Clan is a retelling of the story of the great epic Mahabharata. The epic itself is built on an exciting plot that has interesting sub plots and leaves much opportunity for research and introspection.
In this series, the author, Anand Neelkanthan uses the tool of subversion for his new perspective. Here, the Kauravas become the protagonists and the story is told from their point of view. Duryodhan is named as Suyodhan.
In Ajaya: Book 1: Roll of The Dice (Epic of The Kaurava Clan), the values of the Pandavas are questioned here as they believe in a religion, based on a class-caste nexus. On the other hand, Suyodhan has a liberal mindset and believes in equality. Characters like Eklavya, a deprived lower caste boy and Karna, son of a charioteer, are given new voice and energy to establish their identity. They want an end to insults and deprivations due to birth history, in spite of having great skills.
The handling of these new sides to the epic characters in Ajaya: Book 1: Roll of The Dice (Epic of The Kaurava Clan) becomes quite interesting and entertaining. While Jaya is the word for the Pandavas, Ajaya is the story of the Kauravas, determined to achieve what they rightfully deserve. The book was first published in 2013 by Leadstart and is available in paperback. This is the first edition of the book.
- The book features interesting retelling and rebuilding of age old epic stories.
- The new shades of the old characters are quite entertaining.