Book Reviews

Yugantar: The Dream of Bharatavarsha Takes Shape 2300 Years Ago | Raghavan Srinivasan

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd (25 November 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 274 pages

My Review

I have been keeping away from historical fiction for quite some time now. Only because it takes energy and undivided attention to get everything right with this genre. But with Yugantar, I have had a breath of fresh air. Revolving around the 4th century BCE, this book deftly explores the dynamic situation of then India with its set of dangers and opportunities.

Yugantar by Raghavan Srinivasan is focused on the idea of Bharatvarsha, woven around the second urbanisation in the Gangetic Plains, invasion of Sikandar, fall of the Magadhan Empire, the Sangam period of the South, and writing of the Arthashastra. The author has done splendid research to come up with the narrative of this novel that has ordinary people from different parts of the Indian subcontinent into the fold of the Yugantar – a rebel blacksmith from Ujjayini, a Siddha doctor from Madurai; a doughty mariner from Muziris; a trader from Pataliputra and a widow nun from Kaushambi.

While the writing is smooth and easy, the inclusion of region-specific language added to its charm. I was in awe of how the story is structured, developed, and brought out with all the interesting aspects of history put together. The women characters have significant roles, other characters show up with prominence and beautifully contribute to the plot of the novel.

Narration being well-developed and smooth, Yugantar offers a lot for the history buffs. And look at that cover? It’s magnificent by all means!

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