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(Baahubali: Before the Beginning #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Kindle Edition, 317 pages
Published August 6th 2020
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Sankalpita (bookGeeks India)
Have done a video review of this one on my channel -

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Anuj Sharma
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Baahubali Prequel Trilogy has become a world of its own for me. Yes, I picked up this series only because I am a massive fan of the Baahubali movies but as I wrote in my review of The Rise of Sivagami, the books have their own feel even though they are set in the same universe as the films.

Chaturanga, the second book in the Trilogy, picks up from the cliffhanger where the first book ended. So yes, you need to read the first book pehle. Thankfully, Mr. Anand Neelakantan has included a quick r
Sriram Radhakrishnan
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Payel Rana
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
A lesser follow up on the events leading to Bahubali-The beginning. Falls below my expectations. No great reveal or build up!

Waiting for the 3rd book to revive this trilogy!!
Hopefully Anand Neelakantan does a better job in it and it's a little more intricately woven and with a profound climax!

P.S.: The backdrop of Katappa is so good, I rewatched the 2 movies of the Bahubali series!
Ravi Jain
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book by Anand Neelakantan. Bahubali is one of the best Indian fantasy fiction series. The first book was excellent and this one is equally good. A must-read.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is so good and an extension to the Bahubali world. As big as the movie. Every information you get at each turn of a page makes you finish the book in no time and wait for the next one. Chaturanga is the perfect title for the book. Every character in way is piece on the board at thier place to make there position serve. This book ends on a very high note. I am eagerly waiting for the next one. I aslo hope that it will not make me wait so long as this one did.
3.5 actually.

I didn't have any idea of the first book (everything got evaporated obviously) except some characters and that's all. So, in an apprehension, I okayed the buddy-read of this second part of the trilogy. But thankfully, the recap was written deftly that it made further immersion into the story very smooth. The story picks up from where it is left and told in a linear fashion without lengthy flashbacks or non-linear timelines. (And having read GoT very recently, made it a cakewalk - bu
Vishal Jha
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Chaturanga" also Known as Shatranj or The Game of Chess is Basically a Game... with Lot of Tactics and Mind and in that the Title is Very appropriate for the Novel, the Only difference though... There are not only 2 Players in this Game Of Power...

The 2nd Part of The Baahubali Series Is a highly Exciting Read, it has passed its predecessor by a big Margin... The Sinister Game of Power and The Equally Sinister Players always hold the readers interest...

Shivagami is the Central Character here as
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A formidable author's 2nd book Chaturanga in baahubali series ( before the beginning) is an awesome roller coaster ride. Read to know the depth of social interpretation in fiction. He is a new gen trend setter who picture the Indian society as it was and as it remains. If u r yet to read the first book, Rise of Sivagami then read Chaturanga only after that, both r fast pace page turner ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is the part 2 of bahubali before the beginning, it revolves under different parts of lives that changed after the first book.
The book is good continuing the lives of main character and building upon the secrets of mahesmati.
Hoping the best for the next part.
Full Review To Come... But a good follow-up of the first book, somethings are quite obvious still a decent read overall. 6 out of 10
Govind Krishnan
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great read as expected with the royal touch of Baahubali franchise. 😃 Impressed that author has reduced "adult" language (as in Book 1) this time to make it suitable for young readers too. ...more
Ramaswamy Raman
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
An excellent thriller, page turner, an apt second part of this trilogy. Anand Neelakantan comes up with a political plot and perfectly named as Chaturanga, all the characters are scheming some plot for theirs or their countries benefit. The first part was more of introduction and a appetizer but this book has the real meat. The plot is engaging and keeps the reader wanting for more.
I could never have envisaged a plot so well written to match the magnitude at which the Bahubali movie was created.
Asha Gopalakrishnan
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
After seeing the progressive improvement from Asura to Ajaya to Vanara, this series is not quite the same. For one, the book is too "racy" - every chapter has someone running, chasing, dying, fighting, and there's no time to nuance the characters some more... Also, it's got so little Sivagami in the story and the little we see also shows her doing ordinary things, not the heroine stuff... still, a good one time read, though I prefer to wait for something along the lines of Vanara! ...more
Rasna R Babu
Sep 22, 2020 rated it did not like it

There are a number of confusing story changes in this book. Reason for this review follows.

1. In ‘Rise of Sivagami’ there is one scene where Sivagami sees her Mother’s picture when she goes back to get her father’s mysterious book. And there it says Sivagami has no living memory of her mother and her father used to stare at the picture longingly.
But here in prologue it says differently.
2. In the first book Pattaraya thinks of his dead wife, the mother of his daughter. In here it’s li
Meenu Annadurai
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own

Chaturanga is the second book in the highly anticipated Bahubali : Before the Beginning series. The second book starts right from where the first book ended and just like the first book, The Rise of Sivagami, the second book is also an ultimate page turner which will keep the readers engaged till the very end.

The beginning of the book was absolutely heart-breaking and very emotional. Getting past the first few chapters will make the readers hearts rip apart. It was certainly too emotional
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
The long awaited sequel to Rise of Sivagami, perfectly timed and launched in the pandemic's lockdown seemed to have reinvigorated the interest in many an Indian, for the Bahubali franchise. I rewatched the films (the second one twice in different languages) and started watching the Lost Legends animated series as well after looking at and tempted into buying this book as well as it's predecessor during my long days at home.

Although the 2nd book in the series comes out 3 years after its precursor
Rukmani (Ruks)
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
After reading the brilliant Asura and Ajaya series, I was eager to pick up the Bahubali series of books. But this book fell below my expectations. There is hardly anything on Sivagami, and whatever little wasn't worthy of the regal character portrayed in the movies. The background on Katappa is very good, with enough narrative to understand his character. Unfortunately, none of the other characters have been given such scope. The editing could have been much better. There were quite a few mistak ...more
Vimal Raj Kannan
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
very good sequel..
first, I read the 1st book again because it released almost 3yrs ago and i had forgot the plot. Many of the books quality and content would deteriorate after the first book, but 'Chaturanga' was very good. The End of Book 2 has a abrupt cliffhanger ending unlike the 1st where it had many exciting events going on.

The Only con would be that some stories are repeated again and again.. the same story is explained to different people by different people but we reader knew it alread
Juhi Bansal
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The second book discusses the greed for power, money, and no tolerance for truth and honesty. The entire kingdom is full of secrets, and the way Sivagami is trying to unravel all of those makes it a fascinating read. It seems a little dragged in the last few chapters, but the part with the Gauriparvat details is truly an eye-opener and reveals the horrible political plan going on in the rulers' minds. I loved the last chapter because of the dialogue by one of the priests to Sivagami Devi (Yes, b ...more
Rohith T V
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Nitin J. Limbasiya
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stunning and Page Turner

Book will pick the pace from the very first page and it will surely prompt reader to finish it in single sitting.

As it is prequal to Bahubali Movies, there are still many things left to be revealed. Story is well woven among the characters.

A must read for fiction lovers.
Amritesh Mukherjee
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow, one spectacular ending!
Hunk Arun
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing

I must say much most better reading I felt than the first book
I loved it
Ready to read third one
Manish Singh
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Again a wait for the thrid book. This is wrong. Why can't this be like another epic saga like the Bahubali movies. ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gripping, thrilling and entertaining

It somehow feels like with every book I read the author's storytelling keeps on getting better and better.
Can't wait to read the next one and see how the author ends it.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
🅱🅾🅾🅺 🆁🅴🆅🅸🅴🆆: Chaturanga by Anand Neelakantan

“Oh, no. Perhaps she does harbour hatred towards me and my regime. I am used to such hate. That doesn't bother me. What is a chit of a girl going to do against me? Someone more sinister, someone who is a match for me, is playing a dangerous game. He or she is in the shadows, moving the pieces with amazing dexterity, and effectively using people who have a grouse against my regime. Sivagami could be a pawn in his or her game, just like Bhutaraya was,
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Book Name: Chaturanga (Before the beginning of Bahubali #2)
Author: Anand Neelakantan
Published by: Westland Publication

After a prolonged wait for more than a couple of years, “Chaturangha”, the second book in the Bahubali series got released. To be honest I was looking forward to the release of the book. Without much ado lets dive in to the book. The first part of the series, we had a glimpse of the coup that was carried out by the Vaithalikas and a brief introduction to the different characters
Sheetal Maurya - Godse (Halo of Books)

In the year, 2017 I have posted a review of the first book The Rise of Sivagami of this book series. The book was amazing, and the storyline was super captivating. The book ended on an interesting note and finally, the other two books of the series have been published now. This is the second book in the series, I am yet to buy the third book, but I am going to get that book soon. So, let’s check what secrets this book hold.

Plot summary:

The book starts with the prologue, which showed the childhoo
Sana Qureshi
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had been waiting for this book for 2 years... and that includes obsessively searching the author’s website and amazon more than I remember. 😬 If the second book wouldn’t come out, i would’ve written a fanfic myself😂

Ever since I had watched Bahubali , i was fascinated by the larger than life world of Mahishmati and its powerful characters! Its a uniquely portrayed the great indian history filled with monarchs, kings, battles and heroism without bringing the over the top clichès of cinema.

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