So, last week, I decided to read the book ‘Mrutyunjay’. I had already read it twice or thrice, maybe in third grade. I don’t know how much I understood at that time, but I do remember, that I enjoyed reading it at that time. This was the time, when I was a sort of religious person.
After the transformation from religious to not-so-religious, I hadn’t read this book, the reason being the story that I thought was a cliché now.
But the point being, I read it, and lo and behold, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
The best thing I thought in the book was, it all seemed realistic. No magic, no miracles, no mentions of demons and gods, more of a normal life story about some kind of rivalry between cousins for kingdom.
The next thing I noticed was even better! If you read the book, you’ll notice, that there are some parts dedicated to each (main) character. People like Karna, Kunti, Draupadi, Duryodhana, Krishna etc. In each part, the particular character tells us the events from his/her point of view. So, the beauty of this book is, each character shows a genuine reason behind what he did. Even the antagonists are not doing things ‘just to spice up the story.’ For example, Duryodhana is an antagonist, but if you read his part, you would start to agree with what he did, because of his reasonings.
I liked the idea here, that everyone does something that is ‘right’ according to them. They do not just do it on purpose just to stop the protagonist.
Then there are many other things like the flow of the book, the style of writing etc. that I liked.
I think this is a book that everyone should read!