The Seeds of War

Today at your Adda, we have book Two in the unfolding saga of the world’s greatest epic – from India’s epic storyteller, author of the internationally- acclaimed Ramayana and Krishna Coriolis series. The book, readers of The Forest of Stories have been eagerly awaiting. 🙂

The Seeds of War by Ashok Banker

We have 10 copies up for review!

Overview of the book:

The Seeds of War, Book Two in Ashok Banker’s “MBA” series, introduces us to the elder protagonists of the epic, as well as some of the great loves and lusts, friendships and enmities, politics and self-sacrifice that will lay the seeds that will eventually fester and erupt into the mother of all wars. At first it may seem that the journey is the reward,with seemingly unrelated love stories, fantastical tales of exploits in the heavenly realms, divine pacts and demoniac trysts. But it soon becomes evident that all these form a tapestry revealing the grandeur and  glamour of the Kuru Bharata race itself, the growing descendants of the original tribe that  established perhaps the greatest and oldest human civilization ever known in recorded history.

Their loves and enmities are epic, their stories astonishing, their personalities mercurial. Every page you turn reveals magical new thrills and wonders. As one larger-than-life personality after another strides onstage, the drama ratchets up to thriller level, the arrow swarms begin to  fly and conflicts turn ugly as the author of the Ramayana Series once again proves himself  the master of epics.

Know the author:

Ashok Kumar Banker’s internationally acclaimed Ramayana SeriesÂź has been hailed by critics as a ‘milestone’ (India Today) and a ‘magnificently rendered labour of love’ (Outlook). It is arguably the most popular English-language retelling of the ancient Sanskrit epic. His work has been published in 56 countries, a dozen languages, several hundred reprint editions with over 1.1 million copies of his books currently in print. With the Ramayana SeriesÂź Banker embarked on a massively ambitious publishing project he calls the Epic India Library. Returning to the roots of the great ancient tales that have inspired countless authors and filmmakers, Banker sought to reclaim the original stories through a series of multi-volume retellings as well as original fiction and non-fiction. The Krishna Coriolis series, of which the first three books have been published, and the Mahabharata Series (of which this book is the second in an 18-volume series) are part of this project.

You can also read more about Ashok Banker in this two part interview that we had with him. Part 1, Part 2. 


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4 Replies to “The Seeds of War”

  1. Like most Indian children, I grew up on the stories of the Mahabharata and was delighted to revisit them in Ashok Banker’s Seeds of War.

    I loved the magical world he has recreated in simple language that captures the feel of a bygone past. Devayani and Yayati are some of the characters we meet in the second of a series which explain the root of the problem that results in the actual battle at Kurukshetra.

    This is a simple narration with no commentaries or explanations yet uncovers some basic truths and philosophy.

    Definitely a must read for Indophiles and lovers of mythology but if you can’t get over the tongue twisting names – do avoid it.

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