Thursday, September 15, 2016

Book Review : Arjun Without A Doubt - Dr. Shinde Sweety

Mahabharata, undoubtedly, is one of the oldest Indian epics that has not only survived the ruins of the time, but also has been relevant throughout. The messages that the original Indian epic gives are still pertinent and applicable to the superficial human life today. While I am still writing about Mahabharata, probably, just by reading these lines, some of the characters from Mahabharata would already be deep-seated in the back of your mind. Well, that's the extent of impact that the great Indian epic can have over people who have read it.

The odds of you not knowing about Mahabharata are very less and in case, the odds are on the side of the unknown, Google should be the rescue or even better, the popular TV series on Mahabharat by multiple production houses. Also, you can watch the latest series on HotStar. Another great thing about Mahabharata is that it is very perspective based in nature, everyone can have their own view of it and the characters involved.

I recently read Arjun Without A Doubt, a book by author Dr. Shinde Sweety. The 306 page long book is a take on Mahabharata from the point of view of Arjun and Draupadi. For those who aren't much aware of these characters, click on the links to know more about them. Arjun Without A Doubt, why this title? Let's find out.
Book Review : Arjun Without A Doubt - Dr. Shinde Sweety
Book Review : Arjun Without A Doubt - Dr. Shinde Sweety
The book starts with quickly setting the background for Arjun and Draupadi and the dual narration on same situations, from each's point of view makes the book interesting and understand their thoughts. Arjun Without A Doubt takes us on a journey of the thinking, understanding and is a reflection of their emotions and desires. Apart from Arjun and Draupadi, the third character that leaves his mark in this particular book is Krishna, an important part of their life. The conversations that these characters have are mostly very precise and particular in their articulation, from obsolete to absolute, the narration of the story covers everything very appealingly.

Since the book is from Arjun's point of view, it does represent almost all actions of his as right and justify them, for some who have read various adaptations of Mahabharata, may disagree. The character of Draupadi is very vocal and doesn't refrain from pouring out the ambition, aspiration and wants in a very logical manner. The cover of the Arjun Without A Doubt is serene and adds to the overall beauty of the book. Another thing which is commendable about the book is the entire write-up, the choice of words, the quotes and the anecdotes with variations as good as the emotions of the characters itself. The book to me was like an amalgamation of thoughts and action, linear and parallel, their viability and their reasoning, their needs and their purpose, their hesitance and their overcoming.

Dr. Shinde Sweety will make you graze your thoughts about the two central characters of her, error-free, book. Apart from the entire story in the book, what adds more refinements to the thoughts is the individual character analysis at the end of the book, which may seem comparative when you start reading but is a perfect end, both for the book and the reader. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading mythology.

Other Details:
Published By: Frog Books
Copyright: Dr. Shinde Sweety
ISBN: 978-93-81836-97-2
Genre: Mythology / History / Epic
Editor: Sharanya Nair
Cover Artist: Champa Srinivas
You can order a copy of the book from Amazon and Flipkart.
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