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TEN KINGS: Dasarajna

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  454 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Based on a portion of the Rig-Veda which is now regarded as historical fact by scholars, historians and archaeologists, this is the thrilling story of King Sudas and the impossible battle he was forced to fight against a far superior force led by Ten Kings (‘Dasarajna’ in Sanskrit) comprised of his neighbors and allies led by his friend Anu, instigated by Anu’s guru ...more
Published 2012
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Arun Divakar
Jan 22, 2015 Arun Divakar rated it it was ok
The theme of totally mismatched forces going head-to-head seems to be a recurring one this year. Right after Malcolm Gladwell comes Ashok Banker who pens his own version of the Leonidas v/s The Persians story against an Indian backdrop. The anecdote itself is believed to have been inspired by an incident in the Rigveda and tells the story of a time when the idea of a nation called India itself was yet to materialize.

The timeline of the story spans 14 hours where in King Sudas who holds a ramsha
Rajeev Roshan
Feb 26, 2015 Rajeev Roshan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
पुसतक - दशाराजन
लेखक - अशोक के. बैंकर

हाल ही में संपनन हुए विशव पुसतक मेले में मेरी कई हाजिरियां दरज हुई। इस बार बहुत सी पुसतकों ने मुझे आकरषित किया, जिनमे से एक थी अशोक के. बैंकर के नयी पुसतक “दशाराजन”। “Ten Kings” के नाम से अंगरेजी में परकाशित पुसतक, मंजुला परकाशन दवारा हिंदी में अनुवादित एवं परकाशित हुई जिसका नाम “दशाराजन” है। अमूमन मैं “कराइम फिकशन” को पढना बहुत पसंद करता हूँ और बहुत पहले से पढता आया हूँ। अशोक बैंकर जी के बारे में पराथमिक जानकारी भी मुझे कराइम फिकशन कि दुनिया के दवारा ही हुआ
Andrew Bernstein
Mar 22, 2015 Andrew Bernstein rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Got this as a gift from a co-worker (thanks, Tuhin!) ..... I enjoyed it much more than expected. It is a well written, fast paced and fun read. This serves as my introduction to Indian mythology and it was a good one. Couldn't quite get myself to bump up to 4, but, again, this was just plain fun.
Apr 26, 2016 Payal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Ashok Banker novel which I have read. Although I was always intrigued by his novels, I always kept away from them since most of them are series. I decided to read this since I thought that it is a stand alone novel. However, it is not. It is part of the Itihasa Series.

Ten Kings is Banker's first historical fiction novel. This novel is about the historical battle of Dasarajna documented in the Rig Veda which was fought between Sudas, one of the tribal lords and Ten Kings on Trt
Nishant Bhagat
Feb 22, 2015 Nishant Bhagat rated it liked it
I have been a huge Ashok Banker fan. Have read the Ramayan series twice plus a lot other books of his. To be honest I was a tad disappointed with this book.

Nothing is wrong with the book per se. It's well written, fast paced but may be my expectations were too high from this book.

The build up is fantastic but somehow the end comes too soon and it looks as if King Sudas wins the battle very easily. This does have a '300' feel to it but of course the results are different.

It would be awesome if
Shankar Kashyap
Dec 30, 2014 Shankar Kashyap rated it did not like it
A disappointing read. It is as though the author has a chip on his shoulder while writing this book. Very poorly researched and scenes border on being distasteful. Reads like a cheap dime novel. Waste of money.
Vikas Datta
Nov 23, 2014 Vikas Datta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a credible reconstruction of an elusively obscure interlude of the subcontinent's ancient history and setting a crackling pace by restricting the timeline to a long day... Mr Banker has used his most fecund imagination to great effect here to pen a rousing but engrossing tale..
Sunaina Chaturvedi
Extremely gripping and interesting! I love how Ashok Banker tells his stories, it is almost like he uncovers them, piece by piece, riddle by riddle!
Jul 22, 2015 Sunil rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Loved it
Bharathi G S
Dec 24, 2015 Bharathi G S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting and thrilling
Pradeep T
The beginning of the book was great. I thought I will be reading an epic battle between one King against the ten Kings or the Dasarajans. What happened in the end is an utter disappointment. King Sudas, who was supposedly the invincible King has not even displayed an iota of his valor. The final battle was supposed to be an earmark of King Sudas, but, as per the author's stupid imagination, he just escapes like an idiot. He fights his enemy the Anu by hiding in caves. I definitely thought once ...more
Sindhura Motaparthi
Sep 15, 2016 Sindhura Motaparthi rated it liked it
Not as exciting as the title suggested, but okay.
Adarsh Srivastava
Dasharajna or the ten kings is a part of Rig Veda, story of a valiant king who defied all odds and won a legendary battle against collective mammoth armies of 9 king of Bharatkhanda . India's very own 300 but unlike Spartans they lived to tell the tale. Initial setup and descriptions were bit lengthy but necessary for the story arc. Kusa fields, Uttanga Mountain, Parsuni River and even the animals, all of them played a significant role in the story.

Ten Kings is fast paced account of just one da
Videet Acharya
Feb 13, 2015 Videet Acharya rated it liked it
Book is supposedly based on story from Purans, though I have not read the original story, I can say that Ashok Banker is pretty good writer from this book. Timeline for the story is before rise Indus Valley Civilization so this book is supposed to be a prequel to his upcoming book on Harrappan Civilization. Book has been written after painstaking research and unlike most other books on Indian mythology seems to be more logical. Though sometimes book drifts away from scientific facts but this can ...more
Divij Shrivastava
Jan 07, 2016 Divij Shrivastava rated it really liked it
"The song belongs to those who listen." Ten Kings revolves around this adage. Be it in terms of the reader or the events in the book, if one is eager to listen, 'Ten Kings' is a must read. It depicts a tale of Vedic Period when ten kings had gathered to fight against Sudas, The leader or Raja of Trtsus Bharata tribe. It's a battle between ideology of Guru Vashishta and Guru Vishwamitra. It depicts the relation between a Guru and Shishya. It reminds us of our heritage and why should we be proud ...more
Prajwal Acharya
Jul 25, 2016 Prajwal Acharya rated it really liked it
Ten Kings is an epic story predating the Harappan Civilization. It is mentioned in the Rig Veda and marks the establishment of the landmass called Bharata. Here is the wikipedia link about the original battle It is the story of the battle between King Sudas who is trying to protect his tribe and his fertile lands against the pillage and plundering of the massive army of 9 Kings.

The author has kept the story short and fast paced, and also has adhered to t
Surender Negi
May 12, 2016 Surender Negi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"Dashrajan" or Ten King is fiction work of Ashok K Banker in which he tried to expand an verse of rig veda which talk about an war story bw ten kings. This story showed how Lord Indra helped, King who is in path of dharma by the help of his guru, brahmrishi, Vashist.
Despite good story line, writer fail to portrayed more authentic story to current world. including wheel based fighter rath before harrapa, use of iron rod, it is kind of historical mistake but can be forgive after all its "Fiction"
Jul 23, 2015 Rajeshwari rated it liked it
picked up this book on whim and I am glad I did it. The book is divided into two parts. The story is from Rigveda, set in ancient times where a single tribe Trtsu Bharatas is pitted against the army of ten kings of the surrounding tribes. The story is about how the leader of Trtsu Bharatas , Sudas leads his meagre army vastly outnumbered by the enemies’ armies to victory leading to complete annihilation of the enemy . Knowing that death was certain he has only one ace up his sleeve – strategy. ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Shubhang rated it did not like it
The book is set upon the story of the battle of ten kings mentioned in the Rig Veda. That is where the good part ends.
The writing was unimpressive, and the lengths author goes to explain what he wrote against intended is either because he questions the reader's wits or doubts his own writing. The book takes more than the proverbial leaf out of the movie 300 and even though a large part of the battle is based on geography, fails to set it. The biggest let down was the supposition of contemporary
Avadhut Jakhi
Sep 05, 2015 Avadhut Jakhi rated it liked it
Shelves: indian-authors
Story: 1.5/2
Characters: 1/2
Presentation: 0.5/1
I mostly complete reading a book in 2-3
days but this book took me almost 2 weeks to complete; the reason being a very dull and boring start.
First 10-20 pages have been spent on describing Sudas's horse and dogs.
I lost interest in reading there after but skipped the first part and started reading the second part from where the main story starts.
From there on the story was quite fast paced and very much interesting.
This was my first pick of the much ce
Vineet Menon
Mar 23, 2015 Vineet Menon rated it really liked it
Excellent story telling by Mr. Banker. He craftily choses facts and mixes them with fiction in an awe inspiring fashion.

Dasarajna, the epic battle between Sudas, the Tristu Bharata Tribe of India and 10 other kings of ancient India for the fertile alluvial lands of Parsuni (now Beas) now known as Punjab. I'm not sure of the historical accuracy of the war narration Mr. Banker has used, but it sure must have been majestic to beat and win over a size of army more than 10 times your own force that t
Sep 20, 2015 ickman rated it liked it
Shelves: ancient-india
First of all a special thanks to the author for this book which is based on the writings form the Vedas.While it is an magnificent attempt to translate this as a book ,it is also a great act by which one of the great things, unknown to many has took form of a book which by now would be familiar to many.Apart from this... on the book,while the book narrates prehistoric India in one paragraph,it talks about all other modern days management strategies and other contemporary theories which don't gel ...more
Aug 28, 2015 dunkdaft rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A slow starter. Due to extremely detailed chapters.
It did not arise much interest in me. Otherwise this is my favorite genre.

But later on things progress into much interesting way. The war depicted in fabulous manner.
And towards the end, the book becomes unputdownable. The book is an account of happenings of just 14 hours of the life of Sudas-the king !!

Definitely waiting for the sequel as it deals with my favorite civilization - Harrappa !!
Aditya Rajaraman
Dec 07, 2014 Aditya Rajaraman rated it it was ok
The premise was very well set up, the description of location and the historic references was good. However, the battle scene, pulling from a recent movie, was completely distasteful. The fact that Ashok's previous work was something that I really read through, I was not very much impressed with this book. It is a one sitting read, so is worth the $0.99 I spent on Kindle to get the book.
Dec 30, 2015 Divya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started off a little slow, but Banker was just waiting for us to fall in love with Sudas' Bharata. The reasons leading up to the battle are never well-explained, and they do get a little too lucky right up to the end of the battle. But the battle itself is fast-paced, and some of their lopsided victories explained quite ingeniously.
Kanchan Shine
Mar 23, 2015 Kanchan Shine rated it it was ok
A nice story of a historic event. Didn't meet my expectations. This is my first Ashok Banker book. Prior to this I have read Devdutt I was expecting the same kind of writing...expecting the author to explain the logic or reaaons for events.
Amogh Thakur
Feb 21, 2015 Amogh Thakur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book ... deserves 4.5 stars out of 5.

The book is very quick paced, not a single dull moment, though it is quite short and finished in a single or two readings.

Should be read by all Indian mythology fans.
Samisha Sood
Rubbish facts.. tons of invention done by applying matric grade science by guru and only genious living on earth.. and miraculously saving the hero and his genious guru..
must not be included in historical fiction genre..
Sparsh Hardik
May 21, 2015 Sparsh Hardik rated it really liked it
better work than that of amish tripathi in same gener.
A patriotic filling, thrilling at every paragraph and strong lead characters, it has all that need for good historical war story.
Keen to watch an adaptation on big screen.
Brijesh Kartha
Jan 24, 2015 Brijesh Kartha rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Was based on an interesting past that I was unaware of. And yes it is fiction, albeit historic fiction as the author calls it. Was fun to read.
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