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Rise of Kali: Duryodhana's Mahabharata

(Epic of the Kaurava Clan #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  2,089 ratings  ·  207 reviews
THE MAHABHARATA ENDURES AS THE GREAT EPIC OF INDIA. While Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra, Ajaya is the tale of the Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man.

From the pen of the author who gave voice to Ravana in the national bestseller, ASURA, comes the riveting narrative which compels us to question the truth
Paperback, Large Print, 530 pages
Published July 29th 2015 by Platinum Press (first published June 21st 2015)
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Vishnu Chevli
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english, ebooks
Awesome job by Anand Neelakantan


"Ajaya - Roll of The Dice (Part 1) & Rise of Kali (Part 2)" is an epic written by Anand Neelakantan which shows Mahabharata from Duryodhana's point of view. I was unjust and hasty when I have written review of part-1, but I will correct my review as I have completed both the parts. I will re-write review for complete series "Ajaya".

From our childhood, either we heard or watched (On Doordarshan) stories the Mahabharata. We accepted Pandavas and Krishna as hero
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I have said it before, and I will say it again. It is always a refreshing experience to read Anand Neelakantan’s books. I have been waiting for this book for around 8 months now and the author has made this book worth the wait.

The second instalment starts with Draupadi being summoned after the Pandavas have lost her in a game of dice. Right from the first chapter the story continues its ‘tandav’ throughout the book. Do not misunderstand me when I say ‘tandav’ I mean it as a compliment. It is ind
Trupti Raswalkar
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have always believed in the policy – if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!
So when I did not quite like Amish’s Scion of Ikshvaku,I decided not to put down my reaction in words.
But Rise of Kali has actually disappointed me to a level that I am going to write a detailed review of it! Firstly I would like to make it clear, I am aware that I am nowhere near Amish’s or Anand Neelakantan’s level of excellence to actually review their work! They both are great authors! B
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Anand Neelakantan's book starts with what seems like an apology for exploring the alternate POV. It talks about Hinduism openness to ideas, debates and discussions and quotes Bhagavad Gita (of all things) to let us know the position of the author.

"Iti te jnananam akhyatam
guhyad guhyatram maya
vimrisyaitad aseshena
yathecchasi tatha kuru
[I have give you the most confidential of all knowledge. Analyse it critically and act as per your wish and understanding]"

The sequel to the impressive Ajaya is
Divya Sarma
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have desperately waited for more than a year to read the concluding part of Ajaya. The author himself was extremely tight lipped about the release date, and it has finally come almost a year after it was originally slated for release.

Considering all this anticipation, there was no way the book actually would live up to what I wanted it to. And it doesnt. But it is still a really good, honest effort.

The book succeeds best when it gives voice to Suyodhana, and sometimes even to the people in h
Pallabi Dutta
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
*****I received a signed copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. The views expressed here are my own and unbiased.

3 stars.
The blurb sounded so promising.

The author has turned such a great epic into a horrid Retelling.

The story started with Draupadi being dragged from her chambers to the sabha where the unspeakable cheerharan takes place. And the events directly leading after that. Minor characters like Ashwathama are given importance. We get to see Gandhar and their culture whi
Manish Ahuja
This book begins from the most infamous, and the most poignant chapter of Mahabharata. The dice game in which Pandavas' lose their entire wealth, kingdom and eventually they end up losing their wife, by gambling over a dice game orchestrated by Shakuni (who was playing on behalf of the Kauravas). If this situation would have been handled in a respectable manner by the Kauravas, probably the entire Kurukshetra war could have been avoided.

The prime highlight of this book has to be the situations i
Balaji Sundarrajan
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i had already read ajaya I and was waiting for part II for a long time. it does not fail to disappoint. the book is gripping. unputdownable read. only thing is that, the story appears to travel very fast. the author could have opted for two more volumes. on the whole, i am very impressed with anand neelakantan's reinterpretation of the ithihasa. my knowledge of the mahabharata is quite good and i can say that anand's version is not only plausible but also strongly possible. loved the last chapte ...more
Kapil Shukla
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Mahabharat is an epic and to write concisely about your opinions, thoughts, after thoughts, views/actions is always be challenging for most. What i liked about this book is the chapters are focussed and short. What all people would know about would be after watching BR Chopras Mahabharat serial on tv. So this book i feel is important to view the other side on what possibly could have happened. There are plethora of questions raised on what is right and wrong and frankly no one today could answer ...more
Sujata Ravi
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
'Rise of Kali: Duryodhana's Mahabharata' is the second book in the Ajaya series. Aptly titled 'Ajaya' the series is Anand Neelakantan's counterpoint to the traditional rendition of the Mahabharata or Jaya which casts the Pandavas in a victorious as well as righteous light.In Ajaya, Neelakantan establishes the reasons why the Kauravas, and Suyodhana (Duryodhana) in particular, believe they are engaged in a righteous war and rightly points out some of the shortcomings of the Pandava claim on the t ...more
Pradeep S
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The Rise of Kali- raises the question, why the history never considered the virtues of the vanquished? Suryodhana was the voice of a castles society, which weighed the individual with merits. He accepted Karna- the son of a charioteer and offered him his eternal friendship. He did not ask Yudhishtira to pawn his wife on the dice games. He didn't do anything against Dharma in the war. Still he is the chief antagonist.

Rise of Kali is the search through the mind of the greatest villain ever portray
Rakhi Jayashankar
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it

After reading Ajaya1 , I could not hold myself from reading Ajaya2, out of curiosity to know how the author leads the story line further from Suyodhana's point of view. Unlike the first book, where there seemed to have a conscious effort to portray Suyodhana as righteous and Pandavas as evil, Ajaya 2 successfully reinforces that every one possess purely human feelings of jealousy, hatred,love, passion and dejection.
Author portrayed the story with so much conviction that I felt if that it was exa
Shabnam Manji
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ajaya: Roll of the Dice, the first part of this book had left me speechless. It was for the first time that I read the epic "Mahabharata" with such clarity. All Gods & sons of Gods became regular men and women. Mostly, the other side of the story got a say through Anand's words.

There is thus no need to point that the second part of the book carried a lot of expectations. When I read the first few chapters of this book, I thought this book will be disaster. It seemed that the author was losi
John Corlos
The gripping tale of the epic Mahabharatha in a never told before way unveiled when I got to read the new book on the series of the Ajaya. The new book is titled RISE OF KALI : DURODHANA’S MAHABHARATHA and to its name it is been said in the perspective of Duryohana. I have heard Mahabharatha in Krishna’s perspective, Arjuna’s perspective but I wonder why no one chose to say the tale on the sides of the Kauravas.

                              Rise of Kali

The author has always tried his ways on es
Manpreet Kaur
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading the first book, I was highly impressed by the kind of plot and idea the author came up with. And I think I cannot express how eager I was to get into the second book in the series.
However, I must say this book was like a roller coaster ride for me. Some parts of the book are so exceptionally well presented. I loved... oh! Is there some other word for expressing how excited and happy I was while reading some portions of this book.
But there were some portions which didn't impress me
Bhakti Motta
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Rise of Kali is book two of Ajaya – Epic of the Kaurava Clan series. If you have read Asura/Roll of the Dice and liked it then wait no more, go grab your copy of Rise of Kali. If you haven’t read Anand Neelakantan’s work before, then start with this book. Rise of Kali can be read as an independent book too.

Rise of Kali starts with the famous or should I sayInfamous Panchali Cheerharan. Suyodhana (Duryodhana) and his brothers along with Karna, Aswathama and Shakuni have won the Dice game and whol
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Anand Neelakantank is a master story teller who sticks to the traditional style of narrating a mythological master piece. His natrative style is apt for Indian mythology and you're left feeling you've found pages that went missing from the original classical epic by Veda Vyasa.

Anand turns the Mahabhartha on it's head.

Rise of Kali raises questions that you've always asked yourselves and then forces you to ask even harder questions. Every page makes you stop and ponder ... which is what the origin
Natasha Borah Khan
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is really interesting to see how the author narrates the mythological aspects like boons and magical weapons in a believable and possible way. Like the part where Arjuna is supposed to meet Shiva and ask for his bow, Duryodhana being beaten by Bhima when striked on his thighs and so on. It is an advantage if you know the conventional Mahabharata or at least some stories of it. That way the story becomes more amusing as well as interesting.Read full review at Natasha'z Words
Ankita Dasgupta
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finest writing EVER! If I loved Jaya, I love the Ajaya series even more.
Madhu Bairy
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A review of Ajaya - A two-part series by Anand Neelkantan.

India is a land of rich stories that celebrate the victory of good over bad, truth over lies and Dharma over Adharma. We have grown up imbibing the essence of Truth alone Triumphs, in spite of many hardships that challenge its persistence.
The two great Indian epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata also echo this 'universal' truth that has stood the test of time since centuries.
Indian mythology has undergone a lot of change through lite
Vishal Jha
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading this and with this the Ajaya series comes to an end... the story leaves you amazed with its point of view from the side which is considered evil...
It questions the well established beliefs of right and wrong...
All this might sound a bit more like non-fiction but it is not, it is an amazing fiction and an amazing conclusion to an amazing series...
The war scenes are described in a way that will make your heart race faster..
Karna-suryodhana-Aswathama-eklavya friendship was th
Abhyudaya Shrivastava
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Expectations were huge from this book too as it is the continuation of the epic Mahabharata from another perspective and of course, the readers are curious to know more about the other side, or so to speak, of the fence. Well, the book begins with an author's note where he explains how he has learned the art of viewing things critically from Gita itself. He also has included Gita in his book but here the dialogue is between Krishna who is with Arjuna and is inclined toward war and Balrama who sy ...more
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
It has been awhile since a release of a sequel filled me with this impatient sense of excitement mingled with curiosity (nostalgic about good old HP days:)).

As I close (almost reluctantly) the last pages of Rise of Kali (RoK), I am surprised by this feeling of relief realizing that RoK was at par with the Roll of the Dice (RoD), if not better, for I have read too many sequels which have unwittingly wiped off the excitement and expectation created by the earlier book.

It is refreshing to read ab
Vivek Tejuja
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mythology according to me should strictly be pure. I don’t know, I may be wrong, but I do not like everyone’s point of view when it comes to mythology. Ajaya as is said is the story of the Mahabharata told from the perspective of the Kauravas. I was quite hesitant to read this. I had not read the first book Roll of the Dice so I read that one and then I lapped this one up quite immediately. I must say though I enjoyed “Rise of Kali” a lot more than “Roll of the Dice”.

“Rise of Kali” is about Dur
Khyati Gulati Tewari
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having read Roll of the Dice (Ajaya I), I was waiting for part II with much anticipation and author really took his time to release the second part.

I have given the book a rating of 5 stars considering it as an individual book. But if I was to rate the book with respect to the first book, I would have given it 4 stars - for I liked the first part better.
Why I say this is because, when I read the first part, the whole concept of the story being of the defeated side was new and thus proved most i
Ashwin Shetty
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The author rightly says, “There is nothing in India that has sparked more debate than the concept of dharma” and thus gives rise to his version of Mahabharata. I also would like to quote one, which summarizes the reason behind the Mahabharata war for me – “If you don’t fight for what you want, then don’t cry for what you lost!” Hence, when an author takes on the mantle of putting things in a different perspective and adding newer dimensions to the prism of dharma, the effort becomes quite commen ...more
Venkat S Lolla
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having had been a huge fan of Anand's writings, reading this book turns out to be phenomenal experience. Though the book indicates itself as "Duryodhana's Mahabharata", to me all the minute important facts that were a part of the great Mahabharata Epic were presented in a frank & upright way. I have been reading comics and books around Mahabharata ever since a child but none of the books till date gave me more insights on the characters of Ekalavya, Balarama, Karna and Ashwathama. Anand succ ...more
Khyati Tiwari
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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Vikalp Trivedi
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-five-2015
I egerly waited for this book as I loved 'Roll Of The Diece' , and the wait for this book is worth it . This book is a gem . The title of the book suggests the book as 'Duryodhana's Mahabharata' but it is not only his Mahabharata . It is the story about an age and it's people who stucked in a fight of rights and wrongs of their own perspectives . Anand has brilliantly voiced many of the unknown stories of the epic . Anand proves it brilliantly that there is no black or white , there is always a ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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"History is written by the victors" - Popular quote goes like that. Anand has tried to rewrite the epic from the losers PoV & very well succeeded in his retelling. The way he has interjected the known stories & his own imagination is a very commendable act. There are many characters I have heard in this story for the first time & they were played in very important roles in the story like Yuyutsu. Every character has a good enough role in this book & they have their own reasons. T ...more
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