Kurukshetra is the final book in Krishna Udayasankar’s Aryavarta Chronicles trilogy. The book revolves around the war as the name suggests.
As a kid we watched Mahabharat and when someone talks about the Mahabharat war, the only image that comes to mind are God like people fighting with people who are evil. For the war itself I imagine, one arrow getting converted to 100 arrows or 1 arrow that has a fire head and things like that. However, when you read Kurukshetra, nothing like this happens.
The entire book revolves around the use of science in warfare. I really liked the way she has explained how arrows can emit fire or how there can be fire all around with one arrow.
I loved the entire section where she speaks about Bhagadatta and his war elephant Supratika. I had never heard of this part of Mahabharat. It’s a great section of the book and one of my favorite.
Uttara is the real hero of the book. The first two books had Panchali emerge as the hero. Uttara is shown as a strong woman who always speaks her mind. She slowly falls in love with her husband Abhimanyu and also fights with her husband.
Towards the end of the book, the identity of the Secret Keeper of the Firewrights is disclosed, which I think is a very good reason to pick up this book. I would suggest that you read the first 2 books, Govinda and Kaurava before you read this book.
I would give it a 4/5 stars! There were a few things in the book which are so close to the daily corporate life. An overall great read!!!