Arjun: Without A Doubt

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Novel title: Arjun: Without A Doubt
Genre: History/ Mythology/ Epic (Mahabharata)
Released: 1 Feb 2015


 Synopsis:   Mahabharata- India’s most complex epic. Arjun- Mahabharata’s most misunderstood Hero.

The peerless archer; the seductive monk; the epitome of masculinity; the danseur eunuch; the warrior extraordinaire; the compassionate thinker

God Krishn’s best friend – who was ridiculed for not being ruthless; Heaven’s heir – who endured exile after exile;

The love of his life – his wife Draupadi –  who was also bride to his four brothers.

Come, join the exhilarating journey into Arjun’s inner demons, dark desires and forbidden passions.

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260 thoughts on “Arjun: Without A Doubt”

  1. Hey… That was really interesting information about Goddess Draupadi… Please visit my blog for some more information that may interest you… One of the shrines is in Kondal, Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu

    Draupadi Amman Thunai

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  2. the book is too awsssom. i was thinking how was life of him n her bcoz she was shared by 5. but ur book has explaind evry question of mine… i feel upliftd coz ..der s somone in dis wrld whose ideas ar similar to mine… n evry time i used to read about phalguni n krishnaa..shaheer n pooja sharma cum n frnt of meee. I sujjest all mahabharatians to read the book Arjun -without a book . similar attempt on yudisthir n draupadi ll b gladly welcomed. HATS OFF to your work

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    • Hi Ananya. A big hug for the appreciation. You made my day. Yes, I’m indeed glad my thoughts found echoes within your thoughts.
      Shaheer & Pooja weren’t my inspiration, since my book began much earlier than the serial. But if they brought alive the book & its scenes for you, they are most welcome to stay on.

      Thank you again. I would be delighted if you pen a short review on Amazon or Flipkart. It would give a boost to the book.🙂


  3. Hello! Been away and been traveling. I am yet to read this beautiful book. Just looked at the excerpt and it’s gripping. How’re things at your end? Another book in the pipeline? Great to be in touch with you again. Take care.


    • Hi, nice to hear from you. Travelling as passion or profession?
      The book’s doing well – not a blockbuster, but its reaching the right audience. Currently I do have 2-3 books churning within me, but am yet to pen them down (or pin them down).

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  4. seems interesting read. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. A wonderful take on a mythical hero.

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  8. Anand Viswanathan said:


    Your book doesn’t cover the krishna arjun conversation on the battlefield. Your thoughts on why you skirted that entire dialogue? It would have been nice to see how arjun received it. We only know what sanjay said and heard and understood. What did Arjuna see? what did he hear Krishan say? and how did he respond?



    • It was by design, not an oversight. The Krishn Arjun dialogue is too well-known & too extensive to be copy-pasted within the book. My idea was to delve into Arjun’s psyche before that vital dialogue. The night before Day1 of Kurukshetra, which is when I assume the emotional turbulence must’ve peaked within him. I translated that upheaval into chapter 21 The edge of innocence.
      There’s a moment after Virat war (page 196) when Draupadi anticipates Arjun’s reluctance to harm Bhishm-Drona. She says, ‘The white robes of pitamah & Acharya were missing. Those two promised to be the most difficult temptations for Arjun to wreck through.’
      In chp 21, Arjun debates with Krishn. The dialogue answers multiple accusations hurled at Pandavas, it questions veracity of Yudhisthir’s ownership of his brothers’ lives (Our nearest ones make impossible demands precisely b’cos we are forced to use different standards to judge them), citizens needs vs rulers’ ambitions, Arjun’s sacrifices vs virtues (If only I had been selfish enough, disobedient enough and rebellious enough – so much of our anguish was preventable. Since when did sacrifice, obedience and tolerance lead to heinous sins?), Bhishm-Drona’s helplessness arising from blind loyalty vs his own loyalty (this is a war between evil & lesser evil. Or a war between good & lesser good. My duty – towards whom? By killing – whom?), the realization of Kunti’s ruthless streak, all of these clashes culminating in Arjun’s reluctance about morality of the war.
      I fleshed out this chapter as a prelude leading to Bhagavad Gita, since it was the most logical way to bridge the gap from a warrior Arjun to
      the reluctant warrior of B. Gita.

      The subsequent chapters also throw up Arjun’s questions on B. GIta . For example when he says at Abhimanyu’s death – ‘no matter how many Jayadraths I killed, Abhi would never return as my son. How did it matter how many rebirths we took later as unrelated human beings?’
      B. Gita cannot be encapsulated in brief, nor digested in one go. It throws up uncomfortable questions which unfold as their lives reconstruct post Kurukshetra. Hence I spaced out the Krishn-Arjun B. Gita dialogue in pre & post pages to explore its liveable, practical aspects instead of lumping it as an impractical philosophy.


      • Anand Viswanathan said:

        Interesting thoughts.

        Am reading the K M Ganguli Mahabharat again. As a side point – perhaps we talk off this in another forum – I see a few inconsistencies in the poem flow. Could be my mistake
        E.g. All along in the Mahabharata we have Indra as the lord of the celestials and Vishnu as the Supreme Lord. But in the Udyoga Parav when a story of Garud is being told, we have Vishnu described as Indra’s brother.
        Also, in many places Duryodhana and in many places Suyodhana.In fact within the same chapter often both names are used.
        At the risk of committing heresy, would it be safe to say that the Mahabharat core story was composed by a poem and then others added whatever they could wherever they wanted?
        Or maybe it is just poetic license.


        • Indra occupies the highest pedestal in Rigveda. Its only the later Puranic version who systematically decimated him to being an underling to the holy Trinity. If you read Kurukshetra description, many a heroic warrior is described as ‘battling like Indra’ etc. So the latter day conversion of Indra to an insecure Casanova running to Vishnu/Shiva for salvation seems largely doctored by certain sects.
          As for Suyodhan, its supposed to be his actual name while Yudhisthir nicknamed him Duryodhan for his troublesome ways. So I heard.

          I wouldn’t call all of Mahabharat fictitious. I think it was written primarily as a description of the Kurukshetra war and then the rest was written in flashback. Kurukshetra war & its dialogues hold descriptions of dice hall events, Virat war, Arjun’s quest for weapons, Gandharva war etc. So possibly all those events did occur earlier but were later fleshed out in a linear manner to maintain the smooth flow.

          As for factuality, it is said Vyas’s 2 students propagated 2 different versions of his words, which is why so many contradictions exist. Oh, what I would give to listen to Vyas’s actual words!


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