The Rise of Hastinapur

The Rise of Hastinapur For the story of the Great War is also the story of the womenAmba lives for revenge but circumstances and men conspire against her Will her daughter bring her the only salvation she seeks Kunti stake

  • Title: The Rise of Hastinapur
  • Author: Sharath Komarraju
  • ISBN: 9789351773764
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • For the story of the Great War is also the story of the womenAmba lives for revenge, but circumstances and men conspire against her Will her daughter bring her the only salvation she seeks Kunti stakes all to free her brother Vasudev and his wife Devaki Yet it is the groom choosing ceremony that will define her life.Gandhari too has come of age, and is faced with a diFor the story of the Great War is also the story of the womenAmba lives for revenge, but circumstances and men conspire against her Will her daughter bring her the only salvation she seeks Kunti stakes all to free her brother Vasudev and his wife Devaki Yet it is the groom choosing ceremony that will define her life.Gandhari too has come of age, and is faced with a difficult choice she must marry the blind prince of Hastinapur if she is to save her kingdom from the certain ruin it faces due to Hastinapur s deceit.In the background, Bhishma pulls the strings, making alliances and marriages, devising new strategies, ever increasing the might of Hastinapur.This is the Mahabharata like you ve never seen it before.

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    1. The second book of the Hastinapur duology, The Rise of Hastinapur, concentrates on the second and the third generation of the Kuru clan, mainly the Queens. This book revolves around Amba who was wronged by Bhishma's actions and whose daughter eventually led to Bhishma's death; Gandhari, the queen of Gandhar, who was later married to Dritarashtra, the grandson of King Shantanu and Queen Satyavati; and Kunti, the princess of Shurasena, who tries her best to save her brother Vasudev, who was abduct [...]

    2. THE RISE OF HASTINAPURAs someone who never really had an inclination towards mythology, Sharath Komarraju’s Hastinapur series came as a pleasant surprise in my reading journey. It is Mahabharata told from the point of view of some of the leading ladies of the tale. Which is interesting, because women are most of the times relegated to the sidelines when it comes to these large-scale epics. It’s always about the might and magic, who wins and who loses. But there are other people too, the ones [...]

    3. 3.5 stars. It's about three significant women characters of Mahabharata - Amba, Pritha aka Kunti and Gandhari - three women who are important pillars of this epic mythological fiction, Mahabharata.First section is about Amba. And, it's my favourite. It's intriguing, bold and skillfully sketched section.Overall, The Rise of Hastinapur was an unusual, bold and interesting read. If you like reading mythology, you should read this book. You won't be disappointed. Read the full review on my blog: tar [...]

    4. Over the years, there have been many interpretations of the great Indian epic “Mahabharata” that have been available to the public. As is the case with most stories of such a large scale, with a legendary battle at its center, most versions of the tale almost entirely focus on the trails and travails of the male protagonists. The female characters of the narrative almost often get sidelined or have a mere passing reference. Over the years, there have been some accounts of this tale written f [...]

    5. I started this book at a relative's house and started flipping through. Being a mythology junkie I then bought the kindle version. I fully expected it to be a Meluha-like series that would be a guilty pleasure read and the first half almost did read like that. But then some 1/3 in to the book the plot really thickens and the author has done some creative meandering to say the least. By the end of it I was glad my early bias was proved wrong . This is a fun read especially from the point of view [...]

    6. I started reading Sharath’s Rise of Hastinapur with great anticipation as the concept of re-telling a well-known epic like the Mahabharata (which is primarily male dominated) from the point of view of female protagonists seemed interesting. What intrigued me further is that it is not told from the point of view of the main female protagonist Draupadi. There have been many works that dealt with Draupadi’s point of view. But, this book deals with the view of female characters that are usually [...]

    7. I would suggest this book to any one who is a ardent reader on myth stories, This is a fine read and the tone of the book has your attention from chapter 1. Sharath’s debut in the series, ‘Winds of Hastinapur’ fascinates you how it all began, but this one is more dark and subtle in its story line and many of them think that Mahabharatha was a feud between two families. Amba’s heart wrenching position in the society when all of them abandoned her, or the sordid affairs of vichitra virya a [...]

    8. Sharath KomarrajuFor those who don't know- 'The Hastinapur Series' is a retelling of Mahabharata narrated by its most important characters- The women. The first book in the series 'The winds of Hastinapur' started with the story of Ganga and Satyavati and in this book Amba, Kunti and Gandhari take charge. Just like the 1st book, this book's narration alternates between 3rd person and 1st person (narrated by the three female protagonists).First thing first, this series is not exactly a retelling [...]

    9. What Sharath Kumarraju writes is exceptional. He has this way of writing a twisted mythology which will keep you intrigued throughout the book. Not once I felt that this book should now end. I was rather sad when I was about to reach the finish line. If you have an inclination towards mythology his books are a must read. The story is the same, the plot is the same, but still there is something else he offers each time, which makes his writing different. I strongly recommend this book and its pre [...]

    10. It's not just a retelling of a epic which still has airtime but a different story altogether. The women, not just the obvious power players but even the ones I didn't know much about, add very interesting layers to the age old story of greed corrupting mankind.

    11. "No matter which thread you pick up and which winding path you follow, your journey will end on the battlefield in Kurukshetra."The Rise Of Hastinapur, the second book in the Hastinapur series, presents the circumstances which led to the choices made by the young Amba, Kunti, and Gandhari.After being rejected by the three men, the love of her life Salva, the King she was supposed to married to Vichitraveerya and the man who won her in the swayamvar the mighty Bhishma, Amba reaches out to sage Pa [...]

    12. Having spellbound and dumbfounded by the magic, which the author had cast into his creative writing of 354 pages, all I can think of, is to read “WINDS” and “RISE”, once again.I took time to finish this novel, as often I found myself amidst the illustrious composition conjuring itself upon my eyes, pausing myself, to stop and ponder, what if . . . . it really happened this way?Just like the characters in the previous part, POV characters from this one too were wronged or tricked by men, [...]

    13. Reading The rise of Hastinapur was drudging. It’s as if the pages were made of lead, they were so hard to turn. The pace is sluggish and the philosophy is unstimulating. The book, although aimed at being women-centric, has no strong, intelligent or independent female character. They are all made up to be gullible maidens who are but putty in the hands of conniving men. Women, who need a man to guide or to fall back on; and all of them are promiscuous.And what is up with 'North-Country'? North [...]

    14. Sharath's writing is mature and unhurried. Set at a faster pace than it's predecessor, Rise of Hastinapur tells the story of Pritha and Gandhari, etching their needs and wants, their failure and their journey towards the inevitable. Even though you consider them mythological, they have never been painted with such nuances and detailed character. Looking forward to the next in the installment.

    15. Unlike the first book, the book cover of the 2nd book in the series was quite intriguing urging me to begin reading this almost as soon as I received it! (No, I don’t judge any book by its cover, but comparatively, this book cover was much much better than the first one).With the earlier book being about the 2 wives of King Shantanu, this next book, The Rise of Hastinapur, focuses on the next generation of Queens associated with the kingdom.First set of chapters is all about Amba, who is escor [...]

    16. I was reading 'The Palace Of Illusions' since forever and once I completed it, I fell in love with it. Mythology has always intrigued me and I find it fascinating to read tales that have so much to say. When I read 'The Winds Of Hastinapur' last June, I fell in love with it. Mahabharata from the point of view of a woman is always an interesting read, especially since the epic has always side lined the women. While the first part spoke about Ganga and Satyavati, this one talks about the three que [...]

    17. For the story of the Great war is also the story of the women Women who led to The Rise of Hastinapur.The Rise of Hastinapur by Sharath Komarraju is the second book in Hastinapur series. The first book, The Winds of Hastinapur speaks about how Ganga and Satyavati start the celestial process which lead to the Great War of Mahabharata.Read More- Book Review: The Winds of HastinapurThe Rise of Hastinapur starts where Ganga speaks of future, where she is carrying the dead body of her son Devavrata ( [...]

    18. I havent read the first part of this series, so I may have missed a few nuances in this book, but I will have to say that this is another great new addition to the Mahabharata inspired fiction shelf. The books strongest point is that it has taken on three critical characters of the Mahabharata and dared to imagine a world for them when the epic provides us no information on them beyond their direct relevance to the plot. I dont know how the author has created this world and whether it has some r [...]

    19. How often have I wished to go back to my favourite past days when I used to wait for the Sunday mornings! Rushing with all my works, finally settling before the television to watch the thirty-minute series of episodes of Mahabharata, time would simply fly by leaving me with a sense of loss. But when I got the opportunity to reviewing this book, I grabbed it with all my heart. The Mahabharata, often been told by many and the story so well known though, when retold, always has a new dimension. And [...]

    20. I picked up this book with a lot of expectations as Indian mythology is one of my favourite genres. The Rise of Hastinapur is based on some of the events that happened in the Indian epic, Mahabharata. Specifically the story revolves around the lives of three women - Amba, Pritha, and Gandhari. This book is the second in the Hastinapur series by the author. I have not read the first one, The Winds of Hastinapur and hope maybe had I, things might have been clearer.The book is divided into three se [...]

    21. Elegantly woven, The Rise of Hastinapur is a worthy successor to the equally engaging The Winds of Hastinapur. Throwing light on the importance of women’s presence in the time of the Mahabharata, The Rise of Hastinapur brilliantly captures the lives of Amba, Kunti and Gandhari, giving you a comprehensive view of the characters of the great epic.To be frank, I had minimal knowledge about the Mahabharata before I read these two books and I’m not proud of it. The fact that a person who is not w [...]

    22. Sharath writes and he does a good job with the words. He makes sure that the words are strung beautifully together so that when the reader reads, he gets only the best of what he has to offer.I haven't read the first part of the series. I won a copy of The Rise of Hastinapur as part of Giveaway. So I don't know what the first part has to offer, yet.The dimension of looking at the characters offered in this series is worth applause. For example, I always wondered how a mother could just give awa [...]

    23. Hate Story Franchise; know the female characters of Mahabharata!The Rise of Hastinapur by Sharath KomarrajuRe-imagination of the longest epic poem, Mahabharata, in world is a daunting task. Not only the author runs the risk of offending the loyal fan of epic (and the religious fundamentalists) but have to add enough novelty to the story to keep readers interested, always keeping their eyes on big picture of the epic: 18 days war. The author has to view the epic from a previously unused angle (li [...]

    24. When a book is part of a series, there is an inadvertent comparison to the book that precedes it. There is a basic expectation that the book will be at least as good as if not better than that preceding book. I was absolutely impressed by the first book titled ‘The Winds of Hastinapur’ in this series authored by Sharath Komarraju. It was because that it wasn’t a retelling of the Mahabharata, but a part of it from the point of view of two women in the epic. That was the USP of the book, and [...]

    25. An epic masterpiece in the making.What if Vyasa, Krishna Dwaipayana, over-glorified the Mahabharatha? What would have been its plot if it were a typical medieval epic? What if all those magical beings such as Indra, Surya, Kamsa et al in Mahabharatha were just folks from different realms who possessed secrets that others did not?This is the tone of Sharath's Mahabharatha. Sharath dutifully retains the overall plot of the story while focusing on the details that we might not have not read elsewhe [...]

    26. When I say that Sharath Komarraju is my kind of author, I mean it on many levels. I have read a variety of his works,from the winds of hastinapur,to Nari and his short stories. He experiments with his writing,that is for sure.Coming to this book, it isn't necessary to read Winds first,but I felt like those who have read it would have a better platform to understand this style of writing from. Most of the story is original,and I have never read this aspect of the Mahabharata anywhere before now. [...]

    27. Rise of Hastinapur continues where the story left off in "Winds" and adds 3 new protagonists - Amba (of Amba-Ambika-Ambalika and Shikhandi fame), Pritha aka Kunti, and Gandhari. Devki (i.e the birth mother of Krishna) is also a minor protagonist in this book.Rise adds in further details on how the great Kurukshetra war came to be - how the different chess pieces came to be aligned in just the right way and with just the right motivations to declare such an all-consuming war that shaped the futur [...]

    28. A different perspective of the Mahabharat, the great Indian subcontinent epic, retold from some important yet lesser understood female characters. The author has adopted a fresh style of narration which is a mix of monologues and third person perspectives. Each section is dedicted to one important female character of the entire story and it starts with her monologue. It is then followed by series of stories revolved around her. This book in the series is story of Amba, Pritha (Kunti) and Gandhar [...]

    29. This book covers the early day travials of 3 ladies - Amba, Kunti and Gandhari, who are important characters but usually in the background in most renderings of the Mahabharata. The story telling is crisp and there are some interesting twists that make this rendering quite gripping even after one has read multiple earlier versions by different authors.I had always thought that Amba jumped into the fire and was reborn as Shikhandi (a transgender) who was used by Krishna to shield Arjuna as he fou [...]

    30. While the first book was good and refreshing with new perspectives and some interesting twists, the second one is pretty awesome i would say. II can now view Mahabharata, not only from a different angle, but from a perspective that i have never had before. Sharath has written an entirely new Mahabharata where the storyline is basically the same, but the background and movtive of each action-reaction has changed. Some key characters have always been left alone during the re-writing of the epic by [...]

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