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    BOOK, 332 pages
    Published 01-09-2016
  • Original Title : Abhaya
  • Genre : Not defined
  • ISBN : 9781535535588 (ISBN13: 153553558X)
  • Language : en
  • User assigned genres : Mahabharata
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ABOUT Saiswaroopa Iyer
Saiswaroopa Iyer

Formerly an analyst with a Venture capital firm, Saiswaroopa's interests include Startups, Economics, Carnatic Music, Philosophy, Politics, History and Literature of India. She won a state level gold medal from TTD in rendering Annamacharya Kritis. She holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Technolog ... more


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Beloo Mehra rated it
May 01, 2020
“I revere Krishna today as one of the first architects of a unified India. Yes, I believe he did exist in the obscure history of India…. Abhaya has been my window to explore and experience Krishna Vaasudeva.” This is how Saiswaroopa Iyer introduces the second lead of her debut novel, Abhaya, in the Author’s Note. Krishna Vasudeva is second leading character because the first place is reserved for his love, his beloved Satyabhama, who takes the name and form of Abhaya in this marvellously moving creative imagination by Saiswaroopa Iyer. ... more
K Subramanyam rated it
July 22, 2019
During the times of the great Vijayanagara Empire, a new form of literature called Prabandha Sahityam came up. Here, the author would pick an event from the Hindu Puranas and then create a story that goes hand in hand with the original one. The plot that the writer chooses would dominate the book without taking away the sanctity or significance of the original story. Abhaya is Smt. Sai Swaroopa Iyer’s attempt to revive this system and create a modern-day Prabandha. The book starts in the Eastern Hills of Bharathavarsha; a king from these l ... more
Gautham R Shenoy rated it
September 19, 2018
Abhaya is set in the Mahabharata period. The incidents in the novel coincide with the Pandavas' bid to perform the Rajasuya. The novel is a retelling of the Narakasura vadha episode wherin it describes a new threat in the form of Lord Bhauma of Kamarupa who uses a subverted form of the Shakta religion in order to covertly destroy the Arya civilization and gain control over the Arya empire. The novel describes the effort of Abhaya and Krishna Vasudeva, the prince of Dwaraka in combating this challenge. For me the best parts of the novel are the ... more
Shashi Kiran rated it
September 17, 2018
Great book in the category of Puranas.


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