Abhimanyu by Anuja Chandramouli

Book Blurb

ABHIMANYU, beloved son of Arjuna is one of the most endearing figures of Indian mythology. The Golden Prince, blazed across the realm of myth like an effervescent comet that lit up the heavens, yet was extinguished far too soon. In the killing field that was Kurukshetra, where countless evil deeds were perpetrated in the name of righteousness, Abhimanyu was a shining beacon of valour. All are aware of the legend but how many can claim to really know the young man, who was the best among the best?

Anuja Chandramouli, bestselling author of Arjuna, takes apart a familiar narrative and puts it back together with originality and flair, delivering a profoundly moving take on a classic text. Narrated with deep intensity, Abhimanyu’s saga unfolds, shedding light on unexplored aspects of his remarkable life and extraordinary persona. The story casts a spell over the reader, who is left to agonize over the tragic fate of one of the most luminous heroes of the ancient Indian epic – the Mahabharata.

Book Review

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Age Group: 14+

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  • The Indian epic “Mahabharata” is more than just a religious work; it’s a work of absolute art, with many bold, imperfect, and vulnerable characters sending numerous life lessons. Numerous novels retell the characters’ stories and points of view in this epic. In her latest work, “Abhimanyu,” Anuja Chandramouli tells the narrative of Mahabharata’s young and fearless warrior.
  • Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna and the favorite nephew of Krishna has a unique role in Mahabharata.
  • The book chronicles the life of Abhimanyu, from his birth to the love he receives from everyone to his extraordinary war skills, to his personal attributes such as being a nice person, an animal lover, a good friend, and a compassionate lover. Apart from Abhimanyu’s persona, the novel depicts the events of the great Mahabharata war.
  • Mythological fiction is not a suitable method to learn about our culture’s history, but it is an excellent way to learn about the diverse opinions and perspectives of the characters, and in this novel, the author provides other characters with a voice. Readers will be struck by how Subhadra influences the plot and molds Pandva’s thoughts. The characters are well-developed, and the author provides the space for them to thrive.
  • Overall, this is a fantastic retelling of the Mahabharata epic’s strong character Abhimanyu and is recommended to all mythological fictional readers. Looking forward to reading more of the author’s work.