Starting a new series of book reviews as well (bookworm alert!), I’m here with the very first book review for Arjun: Without A Doubt by Dr Sweety Shinde, which is her debut novel (let us have a warm round of applause and encouragement). She also happens to be a blogger (kindred spirits, much?) and is very witty (my kinda woman, really).
So here’s my debut book review of her debut novel!
The book is written in such a manner, that it gets you to think deeper about your now favourite story Mahabharata (if it isn’t already), and makes you to see the book in a whole different way with how she extracts bits and pieces from the lesser known versions of the story. So that should keep you on your toes while you’re giving it a read!
My favourite scenes are when Krishna imparts his wisdom to the duo, and when Draupadi and Arjun finally unite after 8 years. It really makes you feel their sorrows, joy, anger, frustration and that is exactly what I expect of every rendition of Mahabharata when I pick it up.
Dr Sweety Shinde doesn’t fail in her promises to make this classic retelling of the epic saga of Draupadi and Arjun an amazing one so she does deliver well on her promise.
The story isn’t over dramatised, the characters’ strengths and weaknesses are what they are, even though there were plenty of such opportunities to exaggerate them. And that is the book’s greatest virtue.
“Virtue is that which lasts inspite of power”, indeed. And this retelling, is to last in my mind for a very long time.
– Mosh. x