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Praises for Ajaya 2 Rise of Kali

• I really hope that someone makes a movie out of this book and offers me a role in it. I would love to be a part of such an epic.

~ Actor Nagarjuna at the book launch of Ajaya 2 Rise of Kali

• Anand’s books revisit mythology with a different perspective and presents a counter point. Ajaya 2 Rise of Kali looks at the epic Mahabharatha from Duryodhana’s perspective.

~The Hindu

• Religion is a sensitive subject. Merely talking about it n a public space could land you in trouble. But then there is Anand Neelakantan, not simply expressing his thoughts on epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, but actually writing them, and from the villain’s perspective.

~ The Asian Age

• With his style of counter-telling the popular myths, Neelakantan has tried to lighten the grey of the great villains of our mythological scriptures like Ravana and Duryodhana. The author of the popular books ‘Asura: Tale of the Vanquished’ and ‘Ajaya: Roll of the Dice’, Anand Neelakantan, has come up with the latter half of the ‘Epic of the Kaurava’ called the ‘Rise of Kali’. Even though it’s just his third novel, he has managed to reserve a slot on the bestsellers shelf for his books.

~ DNA

• An exciting characteristic of Anand’s novels is his in-depth recreation of characters involved in the epic; he gets beneath the skin of each, taking an impartial view of the circumstances, with telling insights and colourful imagery.

~ Supremacy

• It is unusual to read an Indian epic written differently. Turning a villain into a much-loved hero is the idea penned down by Indian author Anand Neelakantan. He is an engineer by profession but more famous for his novels.

~ The Hans India

• The monsoon’s most awaited mythological thriller Ajaya 2 by Anand Neelakantan has broken into the the Top 10 Bestseller list of the Asian Age and looks down from a comfortable pedestal at its number 3 spot in the Crossword bestseller list. The book was launched to a veritable frenzy of expectation and delight and broke sales records on Anand’s previous betsellers within a week.

~ Mumbai Messenger

• Author Anand Neelakantan has done it again- turned the greatest heroes and villains from the Hindu epics into mere mortals with his new novel

~ 48 Hrs, Hindustan Times

• Get set to unlearn the Mahabharata as you know it from bedtime with your grandparents. In Anand Neelakantan’s version of the epic, the Pandavas step out of their goody-two shoes while Duryodhana, head of the rival faction of Kauravas, earns a halo.

~ Mid-Day

Yudhishtra to Drupada:
Dharma
is subtle and we do not understand it. We faithfully
follow the path tread by our predecessors. My voice does not
speak untruth, nor does my mind dwell in
adharma.

Duryodhana to Krishna
(Sabha Parva):
I know what (your)
dharma
is. I know what you call
adharma
is. Yet I follow my heart. If you are Janardhana, it is you who
dwell in my heart and make me do what I feel. Is it not my
Kshatriya
dharma
to protect what is mine?

Krishna to Arjuna in the
Bhagavad Gita:
O Partha, that intelligence which is covered by darkness,
believes that
adharma
is
dharma
and gets all meanings
backwards. That is ignorant intelligence.

Bhishma to Yudhishtra
(Anusashana Parva):
But it is not always easy for mere mortals to arrive at
dharma-vinischaya
(definition of
dharma).
Only kala (time or
Yama, the God of Time or
Yamam),
knows what is
dharma
and
adharma.

Krishna in the
Bhagavad Gita:
I AM TIME.

***

ISBN 978-93-81576-04-5
© Anand Neelakantan, 2015
Layouts: Chandravadan R. Shiroorkar - Leadstart Design
Cover: Kunal Kundu
Printing: Thomson Press (India) Limited

Published in India 2015 by
PLATINUM PRESS
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This is a work of fiction. The contents of this book are the expressions and opinions of its author and a work of imagination. It does not claim scriptural or historical authenticity. This work does not represent the views of the Publisher nor endorses them in any way. The Publisher makes no representations or warranties as to the completeness or accuracy of the information used.

To the loving memory
of my beloved mother,
D. Chellammal Neelakantan,
who left us on Thiruvonam day.

A
BOUT
THE
A
UTHOR

I WAS BORN IN A QUAINT
little village called Thripunithura, on the outskirts of Cochin, Kerala. Located east of mainland Ernakulam, across Vembanad Lake, this village had the distinction of being the seat of the Cochin royal family. However, it was once more famous for its hundred-odd temples, the various classical artists it produced, and its music school. I remember many an evening listening to the faint rhythm of
chendas
from the temples and the notes of the flute escaping over the rugged walls of the school of music. However, in recent times, Gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of Cochin have wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old world charm. The village has evolved into the usual, unremarkable, suburban hellhole, clones of which dot India.

Growing up in a village with more temples than was necessary, it was little wonder that mythology fascinated me. Ironically, I was drawn to the anti-heroes. Life went on…I became an engineer, joined the Indian Oil Corporation, moved to Bangalore, married Aparna, and welcomed my daughter Ananya, and son, Abhinav. But the voices of yore refused to be silenced. I felt impelled to narrate the stories of the vanquished and the damned, and give life to those silent heroes, we have overlooked in our uncritical acceptance of the conventional renderings of our epics.

This is Anand’s third book and follows the outstanding success of his #1 bestsellers,
ASURA Tale Of The Vanquished
and
AJAYA Book I, Roll Of The Dice.
Anand can be reached at: [email protected]

C
ONTENTS

Author’s Note

Select Cast of Characters

Genealogy

Prelude ~ ROLL OF THE DICE

1
 
SHAME

2
 
ESCAPE

3
 
ARREST

4
 
THE CHALLENGE

5
 
GANDHARA BECKONS

6
 
DARKNESS

7
 
SERPENT HUNT

8
 
REFUGE

9
 
TRAPPED

10
 
AHIMSA

11
 
THE CHASE

12
 
DIGVIJAYA

13
 
THE FEAST

14
 
GURU AND DISCIPLE

15
 
SON OF A RAKSHASI

16
 
LESSER MEN

17
 
DARK PRINCE

18
 
NISHADA’S DAUGHTER

19
 
THE MERCHANT

20
 
FISSURES

21
 
VICTORS AND THE VANQUISHED

22
 
RETURN OF THE MLECHA

23
 
THE POET

24
 
DIFFERENT GODS

25
 
THE PROPOSAL

26
 
SON OF GOD

27
 
LUSTFUL EYES

28
 
MISSION DANGEROUS

29
 
SONS OF FORTUNE

30
 
THE BOY LOVER

31
 
KIRATHARJUNEEYAM

32
 
THE STALKER

33
 
VENGEANCE

34
 
VANARAPUTRA

35
 
THE WRETCHED

36
 
RETRIBUTION

37
 
A DAUGHTER’S HONOUR

38
 
DEATH IN THE DARK

39
 
SOLITARY SOUL

40
 
RANSOM

41
 
VIRATA

42
 
DATES OF DESTINY

43
 
MURDER

44
 
THE MESSENGER

45
 
WINDS OF WAR

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