Arjun: Without a Doubt

Arjun Without a Doubt Explore Mahabharata in the voices through the eyes of Arjun Draupadi Note Draupadi s narrative is denoted by symbol I knew there was nothing poetic about death I knew not that the most horrific battle

  • Title: Arjun: Without a Doubt
  • Author: Shinde Sweety
  • ISBN: 9789381836972
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • Explore Mahabharata in the voices through the eyes of Arjun Draupadi.Note Draupadi s narrative is denoted by symbol.I knew there was nothing poetic about death I knew not that the most horrific battles are fought off the battlefield Arjun The idealist in a non ideal world the warrior whose deadliest opponent was his conscience History forgot his voiExplore Mahabharata in the voices through the eyes of Arjun Draupadi.Note Draupadi s narrative is denoted by symbol.I knew there was nothing poetic about death I knew not that the most horrific battles are fought off the battlefield Arjun The idealist in a non ideal world the warrior whose deadliest opponent was his conscience History forgot his voice, but misquoted his silence My self esteem originates from me and ends in me Why does your honor depend on me Find your own.Draupadi The untamed tigress, the fragrant flame, the unbridled spirit Power does not justify sin Power is not virtue Virtue is that which lasts in spite of power Krishn The enigma whose unique ideology churned the battlefield into a quest for Truth The MissileThe Trajectory The Vision The trio that makes for the core of The Mahabharata.This is their saga Insightful, visceral and candid Find other famous Arjuns compare Arjun vis a vis Achilles and Alexander Explore Myths of Mahabharata.All this and much in Arjun Without A Doubt.

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    1. Sharp, Elegant and Charismatic!Informative and brilliantly portrayed characters were making my day!Mahabharat is narrated alternatively by Arjun and Draupadi in Arjun Without a Doubt. Whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking that how my friends will defend themselves when I'll bombard them with logic and theories presented in it of Mahabharat.I was impressed to think how much imagination the author would have done to render and alter the traditional scenes of Swayamvar, Kunti-Draupadi encoun [...]

    2. One Chapter of it and I'm wondering out aloud "This book is arresting to the eye!" An adventurous and thought provoking retelling.Wait! It's not retelling, to me, it's an era in itself!To know your enemy, you have to be your enemy. I absolutely adored this book!Arjun, what can I say about the way he is portrayed in this work! It has shown him as a person every man would want to be and why not! His patience, honesty and glory are to win mind and hearts.He was not my favorite character in Indian M [...]

    3. (The author Sweety Shinde provided me with a review copy.)When Dr. Sweety Shinde, the author of Arjun: Without A Doubt, mentioned to me about the book on Mahabharata centred around Arjun that she was coming out with, I was majorly skeptical of the choice of the title character, especially considering that I do not consider Arjuna as the most exciting character in the epic. This was also further attested by the fact that a book on Arjuna that I had read earlier showed him in too plain a light. An [...]

    4. Arjun: Without A Doubt is one of the latest to join the bandwagon of Mythological story being retold. This time around we get a glimpse into the Epic Mahabharata from Arjun and Draupadi’s perspective. Having said that, I really have no need to summarize the story as almost everyone knows it already. Instead, let me tell you about what I thought of it as a book and my take on the way the Epic has been narrated. The first thing that attracts attention is the fact that the author has chosen to te [...]

    5. This is simple & wonderful book especially for people who like mythological novels.In this book Arjun without Doubt author highlights main three characters of mahabharatha Arjun,Draupadhi, & Krishana. The language is immaculate. This book has everything that a reader needs humor, tender moments ,memorable quotes. Definitely recommeded for Arjun lovers fans.

    6. Ramayana and Mahabharatha are my all time favorite reads. No matter how many times you read them, there is always something new to learn each time. So when the author asked if I want to review it, I happily agreed. What interested me most was this book was written from the point of view of Arjun and Draupadi - two of my favorite characters from Mahabaratha. I was looking forward to read this book. When I picked up the book, I instantly liked the language. The book is written in first person - so [...]

    7. Before I begin my review of this book, I’d like to thank author Sweety Shinde for sending me a copy of her book to read. This is the first mythological novel that I have read. I never thought that I would feel any interest in reading a novel about stories that I already knew so well. But Sweety’s book proved me wrong! Even if it tells a well-known tale, it still holds many surprises. And author’s notes exploring popular myths at the end were added delight. Arjun: Without A Doubt tells the [...]

    8. ‘Arjun: Without a Doubt’ by Sweety Shinde is a recent book, which tells the story of the Mahabharata from the perspective of Arjun or Arjuna. However, Sweety Shinde’s book not only retells the Mahabharata through the eyes of Arjun, but also through the eyes of Draupadi. While the main protagonist of this novel is Arjun (as the title suggests), the author has beautifully incorporated the voice of Draupadi also. This dual narrative makes it an interesting read. Whenever someone writes about [...]

    9. Mahabharata, the greatest epic of India, has intrigued the readers and writers from the time immemorial. It is said in the Book of Beginning of The Mahabharata, “Poets have told it before, poets are telling it now, other poets shall tell this history on earth in the future.” And, so true are the words. Thousands of books have been written taking cue from this epic and, still it has retained all its charm. I always believe that whatever is in Mahabharata, is found elsewhere. But what is not t [...]

    10. The author’s look at Arjun holds deep intimacy, at Krishna holds a searching question mark and at Draupadi holds worship. Firstly Draupadi’s words are marked by *** while Arjun’s words are unmarked, as i confirmed with author. There, and now getting back to what I LOVED.1] The first person narration makes Arjun’s ups & downs a personal experience. ARJUN the man behind the warrior is discovered with fresh eyes as one falls in love with him. As a son (his emotional trauma when Kunti sa [...]

    11. Actuallly,I was skeptical about reading epics, this is my 3 rd mythological novel and i had to say that i changed my opinion after reading this, mahabharatha was a magnaficent tale ,it puts forth every possible human predicament before our eyes, in the form of its characters and situations and tells us the correct way of dealing with them through the various Spiritual messages scattered all over it In This Book ARJUN -Without a doubt, author highlights mainly three important characters of mahabh [...]

    12. Book review : Arjun without a doubt.Arjun : without a doubt. Truly awesome book by Dr Sweety Shinde.When I first came across the title, I was not sure I wanted to read another of Gita- Mahabharata thing.But somehow the book's cover and FB page made me give it a try and I am glad I did.No, it is not a twisted version of Mahabharata. It is a saga of Arjun the great warrior, who never got the due credit for his greatness and Draupadi who has always been misunderstood through ages.The narrative is g [...]

    13. At last!! I have been waiting to read a story from Arjuna's point of view for a long time . Arjun : Without a Doubt was a real treat for me. I finished reading the book (Well, the kindle version) in one night. Sweet Shinde has done an amazing job portraying the other side of Arjun. It clearly highlights the personal sacrifices both Arjuna and Draupadi have done for the greater good and I loved the way she portrayed Lord Krishna's relation to Arjuna and Panchali. The language is also very impress [...]

    14. As the name suggests, the book mainly focuses on the Arjun, the third Pandava Prince from epic Mahabharat, and the nature of his relationship with Draupadi and his friend and mentor Krishn. Written in a contemporary style, the book logically analyzes and dissects the thought process and reasoning behind the various actions of the characters in epic Mahabharata, in a manner that the reader can relate to in the present times. A very interesting read that charms the reader with its narration.

    15. The word Arjun reminds me of the greatest epic ever written, Mahabharata. People know Veda Vyasa as its author but his original name was Krishna Dwaipayana which means the dark child who was born on a river island. He was known as Veda Vyas because he compiled the scattered hymns into four Vedas. He was also the biological father of Dhritarashtra, Pandu and Vidura.The epic has two characters with the same name as the author without which Mahabharata was not possible – Krishna, son of  Devaki [...]

    16. There is no doubt about the fact that most of the stories we hear or see in India are actually inspired in some way or the other by the two great epics - Ramayana and Mahabharata. Within these two great epics also, there have been myriad interpretations of narratives and analyses of the characters. What really intrigues me about these two epics is that you pick any character - and there are so many layers - that the character is never purely good or bad. As a matter of fact, this is more evident [...]

    17. (A slightly longer and more personal review of this book appears on my blog at adventuresofatraveller.wordpr Please do have a look at that too. Thanks!)“Arjun: Without A Doubt” picks up the Mahabharat tale with Draupadi wondering who exactly this Arjun is. Of course, she has heard of Pandu’s illustrious son, the man who defeated her father, Drupad, in battle as gurudakshina for his guru, Dronacharya. But she has never set her sights on him. And her father tells her Arjun is the most deserv [...]

    18. This is Author Dr. Shinde's first book, and she did tremendous job while writing this. While reading this, it is clearly visible how well researched the book is. Claps.The book is written with three narrators: Arjun, Draupadi and Krishna.Arjun, one the most powerful warrior of the time, seems to keep mum at significant times. Author wrote Arjun's views on various situations. He never boasted off his powers, despite having cool weapons like Brahamastra. Author is a big Mahabharat fan, and this is [...]

    19. this is a magnificient book, a huge read but worth all the time and efforts. as the name suggest it is from the mahabharat, story of arjun and draupadi rewritten, how it felt being in there shoes. the story revolves around them and ofcourse almighty govind. as being a reader of mythological books. this book makes you read it. as the narration is very amazing and vivid imagery which takes you back to their time and habitat. this book gives an insight about arjuns and draupadis mind and their live [...]

    20. First of all, thanks a lot Dr.Shinde for breaking recent proclivity of glorifying villains & vilifying heroes.I fully agreed with sentence in preface of the book that; "The Central theme can never belong to anyone else but the Hero".Arjun,Draupadi & Krishn : The Missile,The Trajectory & The Vision.Dr.Shinde beautifully portrayed about this concept.Specific chapters which I found more interesting are;-The Fish & Two Baits(Marvelous narration of Draupadi's swayamvar with ornaments [...]

    21. "Arjun :Without a doubt" by Sweety Shinde is the kind of book that shouldn't just be read but absorbed as well. As the title reveals, the protagonist here is the hero of the great epic Mahabharata. It's just because of this book that I came to know so many things about Mahabharata and the divine characters specially Draupadi. 'A princess fragrant as the blue lotus and born from fire, indeed', as the writer mentions in the first chapter "The Blue Magician". I loved the book not only because of it [...]

    22. A refreshing take on the most uncomplaining (whew!) characters of Mahabharata. Re-telling of Mahabharata from individual perspectives has been an ever-green favourite of the Indian literary segment. Arjun without a Doubt by the debutante Sweety Shinde stands out of the rest, giving a voice to the ever inspirational Arjuna while admirably balancing the macro narrative. It is not surprising that the author actually chose that perspective which refreshingly does not blame the world for his misfortu [...]

    23. You may read full book review on my blog Arjun: Without a Doubt by Sweety Shinde – Book reviewNo war scene, just the feeling of two characters of Mahabharata. This book is perfect for those who want to feel the Mahabharata. Honestly saying, I have never considered Arjun my favorite character in Mahabharata but now I adore him. The author has portrayed him perfectly while she is also succeeded to paint the positive character of Draupadi. Another small yet noticeable thing is that the author has [...]

    24. It is rare for a book to captivate me so much that I write a long review on it, much less give it a second read. Dr Sweety Shinde's Arjun: Without a Doubt is one such. Disclaimer before getting into the review proper: the author provide me with a review copy.I first read the book a few months ago. Having read many “remakes” of the epics, did not have much hopes from this one either, more so since this was about a much explored – exaggerated – reviled character of the Mahabharata: Arjuna. [...]

    25. Exceptionally well written For me, the main takeaway was the way author has characterised Arjun, Draupadi and Krishna. Author has given voice to Arjun's inner turmoil and his friendship with Krishn and his complicated relationship with Draupadi sheds light on who Arjun was in the epic.Draupadi is someone whose image has been maligned by our society as they blame her for the war, but in this novel, Draupadi is cleared of all make believe accusations, as author explains in last chapter of the book [...]

    26. Arjuna is a person one would want to emulate, he worked hard to gain all the power on the earth, in his times he was the most powerful and greatest archer of the world, a man who had the greatest astras such as Brahmasironamakaaastra, Paashupataastra and the Brahmaastra. We never see him misusing any of these celestial weapons, he rarely speaks about his strengths and was the man who displayed tremendous restraint most of the times. The author brings out these characteristics of Arjuna in a wond [...]

    27. My first book ever regarding the Epic Mahabharatam. I am so thankful for the author and happy that I read this book first than any other. The book was a page-turner.So Many thoughts and so much of hard work. Splendid in every aspect. Initially, it was bit confusing coz of the writing style later on it's great. Glad I read the epic because of the author. The way she portrayed the perspectives of Arjun and Draupadi was undoubtedly best perspectives. Finally, I believe in Heros.

    28. My Review:For all the Mahabharata lovers- It's a book that you would cherish getting back to, each time. An enthralling read that will lead you to the wise insights of past, present and future. The reader' s heartI apologize to the author for keeping the review copy for almost six long months. There are so many things I missed out and unfortunately this wonderful book too. Thank you so much Dr. Sweety for being kind and patient with me. Getting back to the review.Arjun Without A Doubt by Dr. Shi [...]

    29. This is an amazingly written book. When I started reading it, I was mildly surprised by the brilliant quality of writing. I have seen people write books once they have attained a career goal because they see it as something they always wanted to do. In this case however, it is utterly baffling how good Dr Sweety actually is. And this novel is not just something she needed to get done with, it is born out of love. The love of story-telling, the love of Mahabharata, the love of mythology AND histo [...]

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