Book- Arjun Without a Doubt

Author- Dr. Shinde Sweety

Genre- Fiction: Mythology/History/Epic

Publisher- Frog Books and Leadstart Publishing

Blurb-

The great and epic saga of “Mahabharata” is narrated again by “Draupadi” and “Arjun”. A story that is full of revenge and ill-fate. No one is unaware of all that happened in the Sabha. No one is unaware of all the “Chaal” that were practiced in “Hastinapur”.

The whole dynasty is questioned; the whole clan has bloody hands. But what remains in the core of the tale. Do some questions remain?

What happens when the love of “Draupadi’s” life stays away from her? What happens when “Arjun” is all alone on a difficult journey? How will they re-unite, hoping for a better tomorrow? Will there be any better tomorrow?

Title-

Mahabharata will always remember the mighty soldier “Arjun”. But only his existence in the title of the book, was it really decoding the real essence? I don’t think so. I found stronger traces of “Draupadi” in the book and the name totally emphasizing “Arjun” didn’t work for me. The alternative could have been picked, depicting hardships of the couple or the strand between them, in one way or the other.

Cover-

The cover was better than the title as it had a single approach. It painted Krishna through the magnificent colours. The “Mor-pankh” was serene. The book is a story and not any sort of action, as the name “Mahabharata” suggests, so simplicity mixed with tender flames produced a cover of this kind.

Characters-

What can be said about characters when one is talking about this saga? As expected, there were tremendous amount of characters coming in front from time to time. But, I missed the villains. “Duryodhan”, “Shakuni mama” and “Dushasan”, also “Ashwathama”. I had a lot from one side. I was only hearing things from the “Pandavs”, of the “Pandavs”. Yes, the book was meant to be inclined towards “Arjun” but without villains and their nose in between, things seemed a little on the back-stage.

But never mind.

I have my personal favourites, keeping in mind the characters drawn in this book; I would like to pick, “Draupadi”, “Abhimanyu” and “Dhrishtadhyumn”. I have my personal reasons behind this. Also, I love “Karn” but he didn’t play any role in the book, so I will sideline him.

Narration-

I was awestruck to see that how balanced and well versed was the story. The proper division between the parts of Arjun and Draupadi made things easier to grasp. There was no confusion at any point of time, making it a perfect read. The narration was more inclined to what one felt rather than what the story (shown in all these years) was. There were some minute details which were blended with the actions. They worked as the cherry on the top and only a good narrator has this ability to put the incidents precisely, making them more effective and precious for the reader and the writer himself/herself.

Full marks to the narration.

Reviews-

Right from the start your attention is demanded. This is not any easy read; it takes time and maturity to understand that as to why one does something. The story is well known but to what extent? The book has the power to hold and drown you in the pool of immense drama, rage and revenge. The story starts from the famous “Swayamvar” which held the love birds in the cage of desire and self satisfaction.

The author has tried to deliver enough transparency, so that the reader can know “Draupadi” and “Arjun” beyond some lines. “Arjun” and “Draupadi” worked hand in hand at every stage. What took my attention was that the chapters were immensely balanced. For instance, there was this chapter in the initial stage “The Defended Victors”; the part when “Draupadi” showed her heart without any fear to the readers was very effective. The whole picture of a patriarchal system comes in front. So women were not subjected to freedom of action even in that age…

Krishna has always played with words and the dialogues which author scripted can sear someone’s heart with ease. What delicacy, I must say. You can learn the small aspects which lay hidden behind the veil of selfishness and no far-sightedness.

“The Alliance with Dwarka” is another chapter which has very strong viewpoints. I loved “Draupadi” at every page which contained her. Her character is shown with such brilliance. She has all the emotions which a normal lady carries but there is something in her, something which make her stand apart from the rest. She has that power to accept what is crafted in her fate.

“The lonely soldier amongst the wounded warriors”, “The pointed finger”, “Broken rules, broken trust, broken smiles” and “Slippery fingers of the hopeless”, these chapters had beauty of its own kind. There was drama, there was action, and there was fate involved and it all blossomed “Draupadi”, not delightfully every time. She had her highs and lows. “Arjun” though was an important part everywhere but his side of tale is plain and well known since ages.

The highlight of the book was the conversation between “Bheem and Draupadi”, she taught me how one woman can handle a man who has the power of numerous elephants. She taught what power one woman has. She explained that chastity doesn’t relate with body; it needs a soul and a mind that can feel the same.

The book was a gem. It can gift you power, knowledge, self control and much more. The tale of Mahabharata was properly narrated and beautifully balanced in the book. It deserves to be in a lot of shelves “Without a doubt”.

Eye-catchers-

· “Success is more difficult to handle than failure”.

· “If learning was a river, then I was forever unquenchably thirsty” – Arjun.

· “Blood spurts from the body; tears stream from the soul”.

· “Sometimes the idea of bondage is stronger than the chains”.

· “Magic takes away illusions faster than it creates them”.

· “It is easier to fight when you know it is the only choice”.

· “What a learned assembly. So much education, so little wisdom” – Draupadi.

· “Be careful of what you wish for, you may get it” – Draupadi.

· “There is nothing as exhausting as regret. There is nothing as hopeful as tomorrow”.

· “Absence of questions is not proof of answers”.

Turn-on’s-

The most enchanting thing about the book is the perspective from which it is written. I have watched the same story from different angles but I have never judged the whole scenario from “Draupadi’s” point of view, and that is what make this book little different, for me. I have been an ardent follower of Mahabharata from quite some years and I must mention that this book has unfolded some new chapters in front of me.

Like, I never knew the reality behind Yudhisthir’s act and never could I understand why Panchali was on exile. I must thank the author for this. Mythological books weren’t in my sphere but “Arjun without a doubt” changed that notion.

Turn-off’s-

I so missed the “Cheerharan” episode and the power of Krishna that ruled the stage. I missed the rage of “Bheem” in the Kurukshetra. Though the story was all about “Arjun” and the ones who were close to him but still there were some places where the other people were needed to rule the stage. But there were no flaws in writing so these points can be nullified.

Recommendation-

You surely need to read this if you are a keen follower and admirer of Mahabharata and “Draupadi especially”. The tale has some turns which you “MIGHT” haven’t heard before.

Connect with the author-

· Author’s Blog : “Impractical Dreamer”

· http://sweetyshinde.wordpress.com

· sweetyshinde@hotmail.com

Source :- http://thesubtlebraiding.blogspot.in/2016/04/book-review-arjun-without-doubt-by-dr.html

 

Book Review- Arjun: Without A Doubt

Book Name- Arjun: Without A Doubt
Author- Dr. Sweety Shinde
Genre- Mythological Fiction
Publisher- Leadstart Publishing
Pages- 306
Price- ₹310 / $11

Review- Arjun: Without A Doubt is the debut novel by Dr. Sweety Shinde which tells the story of Epic Mahabharata from the Arjun and Draupadi’s perceptive. The narration by the Arjun and Draupadi, two of the most beloved characters of Mahabharata is the most exiting thing about the novel.Even we all know the story, it still holds surprises.The language of the book is inviting and the authoress has her own style of narration which is intriguing. There are some quotes and one liners in the book which makes  the reading interesting. Characterization of the book was very amazing. It was fun to read about the Arjun and Draupadi’s relation. Authoress has succeeded to penned down emotions of Arjun and Draupadi, which makes the reading a new and fascinating experience.
Here are some of the line liners from the book:

” Religion is nothing but a series of conveniently placed loopholes”
” Passion is a feeling born to bear pain. Bear it, or let go”
” Power does not justify sin. Power is not virtue. Virtue is that which lasts inspite of power”
” Absence of questions is not proof of answers”

Though the language is intriguing and story tells us the Epic, the pace of the story was fast which makes the reading experience quiet difficult.

Overall the book is a treat for all those who adores Arjun and Draupadi. I recommend this book to all the Mahabharata and Mythology fans. You can grab your copy at Flipkart, Amazon or any book store near you.

Ratings-
Book Title and Cover- 4/5
Language Justification- 4/5
Charater Justification- 5/5
Final Rating- 4/5

Source :- http://raveechoicesofthoughts.blogspot.in/2016/04/book-review-arjun-without-doubt.html

Review of Arjun

Title : Arjun 

Author : Dr. Shinde Sweety

arjunwithoutadoubt

Blurb : 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.

This is their saga.

Insightful, visceral and candid .

Find ‘other’ famous Arjuns; compare Arjun vis-a-vis Achilles and Alexander; Explore Myths of Mahabharata.

All this and much more in ‘Arjun: Without A Doubt’.

My View :

After Shiva,Rama and endless inspiring and interesting stories of mythological heroes ,comes another mythological story in the list,and this time it is Arjun. What my concern before starting this story was I knew little about Arjuna, and I was wishing that authoress spare some time to Arjun’s background,so that I could cover this journey easily,and so do other readers like me.All the worries escaped from my mind, when I got to know that it’s just Mahabharata being told from two different perspectives-Arjun’s and Draupadi’s.

The hue that these two characters enamels on the epic story is a new experience.As the season’s unfold, and as both Arjun and Draupadi keep on covering the journey together,where their expressions and reactions walk side by side, this new twist to get in touch with the story all over again gives a fresh flavour to the story.Knowing all the known facts, and going through it all over again through a different angle plays the role of attention-seeker.

In the beginning, it was a bit of a task to switch the narration coming from two sides so often.But eventually one gets accustomed to the nature of author’s presentation, and gets friendlier with the echoes of two narrators.As the narrating style of the authoress is captivating and is good enough to get through the story, her imaginations and her narrating style compliments each other very-well.

There’s always good amount of excitement involves when an offer comes to you to go through the story, you know in advance.What author would bring to the story? How he/she would make it sound different? And what little twists and turns they would bring to the story? All the questions would keep the interest alive in order to find out the answers.And the same happened while I was going through this book. Of course, there are some minor hindrances in the journey, but at the end when you sum up the time spent with the book, you would find the journey interesting and engaging.

Dealing with the characters who ruled reader’s mind from a good time is one of a hefty task.And while authoress has taken this chance,she has done justice with the characters apart from a few sections.

Source :- http://madhyapradesh.johntext.de/review-of-arjun/

ARJUN without a doubt ( Dr. Shinde Sweety ) ~ Review

Blurb –

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.

This is their saga.
Insightful, visceral and candid .

Review :

I would like to compare Arjun without a doubt to the moon, a serene beauty covering the ripples of expressions, thoughts and feelings of Arjuna and Draupadi yet it is to be noted even the moon hold its flaws.

Mahabhaaratha, our epic is such an evergreen saga whose interpretations , point of views and explanations can stand alone against each other and you may find yourself shifting places and sides; interpretations can be so powerful that you may even start liking Duryodhan owing to his reasons ( maybe ) and recentlu karna was in trend. This book on the side gave a concrete and logical space to Arjun and Draupadi that could hold you to see Mahabhaaratha through their eyes and start believing they were the right ones all along against the rest.

I liked how the pandavas ( side of good ) are depicted with their dark sides explored like humans rather than symbols of goodness and perfection caught up in the evil of destiny and fate; it indeed proves that your karma determines the situation you fall into that is you yourself create it. Lord Krishn is also in a different light and the relation he share with both is depicted well.

One might need to know Mahabhaaratha pre requisitely to follow the book, it is not about retelling the tale but about revisiting them to hear what Arjun and Draupadi. I found the attention on them more severe where others got all the blame and it might turn a little monotonous and boring in between. The writing, research and thought behind this is marvellous.

The end note was a surprise; the comparison ( Alexander the great , bravo!  ;) ) , myths and possible reasons; Impressive!

I would rate this beauty 4 :)  and *special applause* for the writer for sculpting it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

‘The heart can be dissected, the brain can be spliced open, but I love to unravel the mind and emotions’ ~ Dr Shinde Sweety

Dr. Shinde Sweety holds a Doctorate in Medicine. Avid Mahabharata fan. Voracious reader. Yoga enthusiast, Student of Spanish and yearns to learn Sanskrit. Skilled at pencil sketch. Loves to daydream and swim. Curious about the Mystic & Mystique. Insane about soulful music. Content to be cocooned in a dream world. Email: sweetyshinde@hotmail.com

Source :- https://arudhasoul.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/arjun-without-a-doubt-dr-shinde-sweety-review/

ARJUN WITHOUT A DOUBT

A New Dimension…..

Have you ever put yourself at the place of great legends and great cult figures ? Have you ever thought about the human side of any cult figure ? Imagine what must be going through their minds in the midst of such great events.

The only complaint I had with all classical texts is that they never show us the human side of great characters. They never tell us about how someone managed to overcome their humanly nature. The whole portrayal of character is more like a programmed machine made for processing only questions of ethics and morality. But is it ever possible for any human being ?

A much revered cult figure in India is Arjuna. He was a great warrior mention in the Mahabharata. He sacrifices so many things but his human side is totally hidden from all of us.The author of Mahabharata brilliantly explains his moral dilemmas but never feels necessary to explain his emotional battles. The character of Arjuna was woven in such a manner that every big sacrifice he made seems so obvious in this epic. But a deeper look unfolds a different story altogether. All his sacrifices are too much for any normal human being emotionally. Is it fair that Arjuna’s great battle with his human self are not even mentioned in this epic? I don’t think so.

Have you ever thought why on the one side we revere Arjuna but on the other side never follow great examples from his life ?  Why don’t we follow the lives of other great figures of history ? Why do we always escape from any comparison with these figures by attributing them godly status ? This is only because we don’t know anything about their human side. None of the texts tell us about their feelings of love, jealousy, anger, hatred, dissappointment etc. Wouldn’t it be great if we could find out how they felt as a human being ? This would allow us to appreciate their deeds much more. This would allow us to relate to them much more than we currently do now. This book is an effort in that direction.

“Arjun – Without a doubt ” talks about this great historical figure Arjuna, a great warrior mentioned in epic Mahabharata. This book delves into an uncharted territory probing the humanistic dimension of this cult character. Arjuna was made to share his wife  with his brothers. He killed his brothers for a throne which he deserved the most but was given to his elder brother. He got his  son Abhimanyu whom he loved the most, killed in this battle . He was made to kill his beloved teacher and his great grand father with his own hands. He married many princesses to get the support of many kings in the battle. He did all this but was never given as much importance as he deserved in this epic. This is where this book excels.

This book will take you to a journey into the heart of Arjuna and his first wife Draupadi. Draupadi also went through a lot but was similarly forgotten in this epic battle. This book brilliantly explains the emotional side of these cult characters. This book will definitely give you totally new insights about these characters and would permanently alter your views about them. You would definitely appreciate them more after reading this book.

For more info go to Author’s blog and connect with her personally.

https://sweetyshinde.wordpress.com/

Source :-   https://indiandiplomat.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/arjun-without-a-doubt/

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