Bookadda Excerpt: ‘Ajaya’ by Anand Neelakantan, bestselling author of ‘Asura’

1 Posted by - November 19, 2013 - Authors, Fiction

Read the first chapter of Anand Neelakantan’s new epic Ajaya: Epic of the Kaurava Clan!

This story of the infamous, antihero of the MahabharataDuryodhana is every bit as engrossing and engaging as Anand Neelakantan, the author of blockbuster mythological epic Asura: Tale of the Vanquished is known for. Neelkantan, a well known name in the literary arena has now come up with a fascinating mythical tale Ajaya: Epic of the Kaurava Clan, that promises to do for Duryodhana what Asura did for Ravana.

Why did Neelkantan chose Duryodhana, the character everybody loves to hate, as protagonist?

Anand’s author note in Ajaya is pretty interesting where he explains why he chose Duryodhana as protagonist. Recalling a small incident that happened years ago when he visited a small village named Poruvazhy village in Kerala. He came upon a temple with Duryodhana as deity. Seeing people worship Duryodhana, Neelkantan was intrigued and set out to discover the reason why this entire village were devotees of the villain of the Mahabharata.

This encounter of author in a small village of Kerala forced the author to revisit the Mahabharata with a fresh perspective. And the result was Ajaya! This book tends to present an entirely new picture of Duryodhana –his softer, humane and nobler side. The title of this book stems from Duryodhana’s name, which means “one who can’t be conquered” or Ajaya!

You can get the prelude of this entertainer saga here- Ajaya: The Epic of Kaurava Clan

Pre-order your copy of Ajaya: Epic of the Kaurava Clan now!

About the Author: Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan was born in a quaint little village called Thripoonithura, on the outskirts of Cochin, Kerala. Located east of mainland Ernakulam, across Vembanad Lake, this village had the distinction of being the seat of the Cochin royal family. However, it was more famous for its 100-odd temples, the various classical artists it produced, and its school of music. He remembers spending many evenings listening to the faint rhythm of the chendas coming from the temples, and the notes of the flute escaping over the rugged walls of the music school. However, Gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of Cochin; have wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old-world charm. The village has evolved into the usual, unremarkable, suburban hellhole-clones of which dot India. Growing up in a village with more temples than was necessary, it was little wonder that mythology fascinated him. Ironically, he was drawn to the anti-heroes.

He went on to become an engineer and join the Indian Oil Corporation, but the voices of yore refused to be silenced in his mind. He felt impelled to narrate the stories of the vanquished and the damned; and give life to those silent heroes who have been overlooked in our uncritical acceptance of conventional renderings of our epics.

Ajaya is Anand’s second book and follows the outstanding success of his national #1 bestseller, Asura: Tale of the Vanquished.


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