INSIDE MY HEAD
Arjuna is the immortal tale of one of India’s greatest heroes. These pages retell in riveting detail the story of the Pandava Warrior-Prince who has captured the imagination of millions across centuries. This is the intense and human story of his loves, friendship, ambitions, weaknesses and follies, as well as his untimely death and revival, his stint as a eunuch, and the innermost reaches of his thoughts.Told in a refreshingly modern and humourous style and set against the staggering backdrop of the Mahabharata. Arjuna’s story appeals equally to the average, discerning reader and the scholar. It spans the epic journey from before his birth, when omens foretold his greatness, across the fabled, wondrous landscape that was his life.
Mythology….I can only imagine the amount of effort it would take to gather such an enormous amount of data and then compile it into a book. It’s one tough topic to write on. Another reason is that we are acquainted with the whole story, have read it in one form or another in our childhood, seen it in the television in passing. So there’s nothing new to expect as I took the book in my hands. This book however is different from the other mythology books that is present in today’s market. The author has successfully kept each piece interesting and knitted them to maintain a good flow. I especially liked the endings she gave to chapters, like:
“Smiling grimly to himself, Arjuna envisioned the day he would crush his enemy. Little did he know then that he was thinking of taking the life of his own brother? One day he would find out, but only after he had translated his thoughts into action” or like this:
“Soon Subhadra gave birth to a beautiful baby boy………..Blessed with the bright and cheery disposition as well as extraordinary good looks and talent, he spread happiness wherever he went……..But in those halcyon days, nobody knew that he would be snatched from their lives far too soon to enter into warrior’s heaven”
Her skill as a narrator should be appreciated. The way she had maintained a good flow, connected the pieces is really nice. And the dialogues she used too has thoroughly brought out her characters- pride in Arjuna, diplomacy in Krishna or the goodness in Yudhisthira.
However, her language is tepid at times, and repetitive. And most importantly, she should understand that just good word stock wouldn’t improve the writing. I am not telling this because she used lots and lots of non-colloquial words, I am telling this because the words didn’t fit in many of the places.
Besides this, the ending seemed rather hasty, and not appropriate. It started with Janamaya listening to the story of his ancestors, but ended with Arjuna falling down. I expected a conclusion, even a small one would have been comforting.
But, despite all these points, I would say that it’s a good one time read. Strongly recommended if you haven’t read ‘The Mahabharata’. And as for the author, thumbs up, great work as a debut. I surely hope there’s many more to come. And with her narration, I would like to read one of her own stories. I am sure it would turn out much better.
Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Publisher: Leadstart Publisher
No. of Pages: 364