WINDS OF HASTINAPUR

WINDS OF HASTINAPUR (English, Paperback, Komarraju, Sharath)

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WINDS OF HASTINAPUR  (English, Paperback, Komarraju, Sharath)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Harper
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9789351160878, 9351160874
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    'In a few moons the Goddess will claim me, and I do not have a fresh young virgin by my side to absorb my knowledge and take my place once I am gone. The Mysteries of Ganga and her Sight will vanish with me.' 'My hair is white and thin, now. In a few moons, the Goddess will claim me, and I do not have a fresh young virgin by my side to absorb my knowledge and take my place once I am gone. The Mysteries of Ganga and her Sight will vanish with me, and the Great River will become nothing more than a body of lifeless water ... It is my intention, therefore, to tell you the story as it happened, as I saw it happen.' The Mahabharata is the story of women, even though men have focused far too much on the Great Battle. It is women who have set events in motion, guided the action and measured the men. The Winds of Hastinapur begins at the point that Ganga was cursed and sent to Earth. She lives among the mortals and bears Shantanu, the King of Hastinapur, seven children, all of whom she kills. With the eighth, she leaves. That boy, who returns to Earth, will prove to be the key to the future of Hastinapur.The story, as told through the lives of his mother Ganga and stepmother Satyavati, is violent, fraught with conflict and touched with magic. A lady of the river who has no virgin daughter to carry on her legacy, Celestials who partake of a mysterious lake they guard with their very lives, sages overcome by lust, a randy fisher-princess - these and other characters lend a startling new dimension to a familiar tale. SharathKomarraju does not so much retell the epic as rewrite it
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    • 0.79 Inches (US)
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    • 7.76 Inches (US)
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    • 5.12 in
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    • 227 Grams
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    Ratings & Reviews
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    Quite a good read.

    Mahabharata , the great epic , is impregnated with so many sub-stories that it would not be an exaggeration to say that it might take a lifelong read to absorb all the intriguing incidents and their inter-connections. And it is a story of women , women with sharp minds , great political vision and bodacious beauty to allure men of high stature making them mere marionettes . Sharath Komarraju , in his book The Winds of Hastinapur , has woven a story picking two not-so-focused female characters...
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    Maniparna. S. Majumder

    Apr, 2014

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    Very interesting premise

    This is a well crafted work, with rich language and narrative that details the starting of Mahabharata. The book takes an unique view point and describes the events from the views point from two main female characters - Ganga and Satyavati. Definitely an impressive read.
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    Karthik L

    Jan, 2014

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    Strong Winds

    haven't heard a story teller of this caliber in a long time. He rebels and provides insight. somewhere the author has imbibed the tenets of Devi Bhagawatam and sifted the male oriented Mahabharat to tell the story of the Goddess.
    Looking forward to sequels.
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    parwati singari

    Certified Buyer, Taleigao Plateau

    Dec, 2013

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    Mahabharata retake from a different angle

    Mahabharata has been retold many times, but in "The Winds of Hastinapur", Sharath Komarraju has analyzed the epic from the perspective of its two most powerful female characters - Ganga and Satyavati. The interpretations of the events leading to the epic war from a different angle, without losing the original plot, is what makes this book engrossing. The author's fluent wit and creativity stand out as the tale is retold with panache. Even if you have heard the story many times before, you wil...
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    Jayant Sinha

    Apr, 2014

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    Wonderful read

    In general the story of Ganga and Satyavati is usually considered to be a passing requirement before the meat of Mahabharata begins but in this book the dreams and ambitions of these women take shape. An emotional story is woven with wonderful language and narration style and keeps the reader engrossed.
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    Mithun u

    Apr, 2014

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    Old Story, Fresh told!

    The book "The Winds of Hastinapur" is a very impressive read.

    The author has focused the two lead female characters of the epic, unveiling their bundle of emotions in sequence of the story, which has been told and heard many times though. However, this book narrates the beginning of Mahabharata exceptionally!
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    parul baweja

    Sep, 2014

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    Boring

    Waste of money tells you the same thing as in the mahabharat but with a own rubbish personal touch. The thing about meru (a place for idiots created by the writer)and decent of Ganga is absolute piece of crap
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    Rachit Marodia

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    Aug, 2014

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    Excellent book - must read

    Story of Celestials on Mount Meru, narrated by Ganga, is simply fabulous. Author's imagination is fantastic.

    Would like to read a separate book on Meru's inhabitants.

    Story of start of Mahabharata narrated by Satyavati is also good.

    A very very good book.
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    Mandar

    Certified Buyer, Aurangabad

    Aug, 2014

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    Love the perspective from which its written - awesome read!

    I loved the author's idea of narrating the story from the lead female characters perspective! I did not think it would be so very much different but was pleasantly surprised at the end on how effective this approach was!

    I also loved the fact that what we often dismiss as a figment of imagination or mythology has been approached in a scientific way which seems very plausible and convincing.

    The transition from one character's story presentation to another is very smooth and does not disrup...
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    Madhukar Rajendra

    Jul, 2014

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    Brilliant Start!

    The Winds of Hastinapur is the tale of "the Beginning of the End"!!


    It is perhaps, the most beautiful re-telling of the epic, I have ever come across. Beautiful in the sense that it reads much like a poetry! The story is full of colours, vividness and the emotions and depths, expressed by the two leads and paints a really intoxicating and remarkable imprint into one's mind. The characters seem full-fledged, layered upon respective perfections and faults, and woven into a literal state of ar...
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    Soumyabrata Sarkar

    Certified Buyer, Durgapur

    Jul, 2014

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