Arjun Without A Doubt

24754406SYNOPSIS: I knew there was nothing poetic about death. I knew not that the most horrific battles are fought off the battlefield. Arjun: The idealist in a non-ideal world; the warrior whose deadliest opponent was his conscience. History forgot his voice, but misquoted his silence.My self-esteem originates from me and ends in me.Why does your honor depend on me? Find your own. Draupadi: The untamed tigress, the fragrant flame, the unbridled spirit. Power does not justify sin. Power is not virtue. Virtue is that which lasts in spite of power. Krishn: The enigma whose unique ideology churned the battlefield into a quest for Truth.The Missile …The Trajectory … The Vision. The trio that makes for the core of The Mahabharata (Indian Epic).

REVIEW: I think to really understand all that is going on in this work; to truly grasp its depth, one needs to be familiar with, The Mahabharata. Unfortunately, I am not, so I am left with approaching this review the only way I know how.

I may not be familiar with Eastern legends and mythology, but I could not help but notice some parallels to Greek legends and mythology. In particular that of Odysseus, who like Arjun was the only one who could wield his bow. Both are great heroes. And that of Helen of Troy… her suitors in comparison to Draupadi. In actuality, as Homer’s work is that of an epic poem, I could not help but think of Dr. Shinde’s work in the same way.

The writing is excellent and the style is unique. The one thing I would change, is to have some kind of introduction to the mythology behind the story. But, I’m sure that others may not deem it necessary. Dr. Shinde does highlight some of it at the end of the book, but it was too little too late for me at that point. I think it’s possible that there is simply too much to grasp in one setting/read… Four stars!

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2 comments

  1. Thank you Kev. I did aim predominantly at the Indian diaspora, who are familiar with the broad outline of Mahabharata. My focus was to delve deeper into the psyche rather than wider into the (already vast) storyline.
    Your review does spark an idea. Hope I can pop in an intro for a larger international audience.

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