The Unvanquished
Geetha Krishnan

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Synopsis

The great war of Kurukshetra is over and only death is the victor. But there are a few survivors who have been defeated but not yet vanquished.

This is a re-look at the epic from their eyes

The grandsire Bheeshma who chose to renounce the throne, but remained bound to it.....

The King Dhritarashtra and his wife Gandhari, who chose to be blind to their son's actions....

The Charioteer Atiradha and his wife, Radha who were silent spectators to the tragedy of their son's life....

The Queen Mother Kunti whose shrewdness and strength kept her sons alive and united through all trials....

The Prime Minister, Vidura whose Dharma failed him in keeping peace inside his family....

The Fire born Draupadi, whose losses outweighed her gains....

The Yadu Princess, Subhadra who lost her only son....

Aswathama, fated to spend an eternity, shunned by all....

They look back at their lives, and through their eyes, we see the epic from the eyes of The Unvanquished

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Rohita Boora

I always love to read mythological stories. I liked how Bhishma's childhood is potrayed . All the best to Geetha

Jun 14 '16
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Naren Dutta

One word- Amazing! The concept is too good and the writing style is crisp and smooth. I didn't feel bored at all even for a moment. This is truly worth publishing!

May 16 '16
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you so much. I am so happy you enjoyed it. :)

May 16 '16
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pandustar

I have begun to develop a hatred towards all mytho stories, because I personally feel that there are too many of them around. However, that being said, the one thing that attracted me to your manuscript was the size of the chapters. They are short - and trust me, that really works. Pick up any book printed in 1980's and compare them to those now and see the chapter size for yourself - they are all downsizing. So good job there.
Also since the chapters are short, the story line moves fast and does not disappoint like so many other mythos.
It's book like yours that reignite my love for mythos. Alas, you would really have to write a truck load of books to overcome all the bad ones.
All the best!

Feb 25 '16
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you so much. I am happy that someone appreciates the short chapters, because most of my friends complain about it!! Thank you once again. And I have written almost a truckload of books!!

Feb 25 '16
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Krishna Teja

Feb 22 '16
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you!!

Feb 25 '16
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Divya Jain

Well Indian epic always feel good to read. If you be honest and justifying with the story it can be good. But I felt some places you need to describe it more. Overall the story is good. All the best for future.

Jan 18 '16
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Geetha Krishnan

thank you

Jan 18 '16
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pritam bhutada

The chapters are too short. I think the author should not talk about the second continuation of the book until the first book does well. All the best

Jan 09 '16
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you for the review. Since I write for pleasure and not for profit, I can very well talk of the second book irrespective of whether the first does well. If all publishing options fail, there's always createspace and kdp!! ;)

Jan 10 '16
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Komal Agrawal

I am a huge "Mahabharata" fan, but the story you have mentioned is available in various books like "The struggle of Bhishma", "The son of Ganga".

Jan 08 '16
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Geetha Krishnan

As far as I know, my book is not the story of Bheeshma but a multi pov book which gives the pov of various characters and I have follwex kmg translation of mahabharata as well as CE for most of the incidents. But I shall certainly read the books you mentioned.

Jan 08 '16
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Aarti

Very interesting. Flashback of bhishma's childhood is a very unique take. Enjoyed all chapterd. Expecting to read more.

Jan 06 '16
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you

Jan 06 '16
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Sundari Venkatraman

Interesting! I like the way the story of Devavrata has been presented as a flashback from Bheeshma's point of view. I can see from the blurb that there will be more stories from many other perspectives. If intricately woven, this book could be turned into a bestseller for sure. All the best Geetha Krishnan. Looking forward to reading more.

Jan 04 '16
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you ma'am. :)

Jan 04 '16
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Arpita Biswas

It is a pretty unconventional take on the greatest epic of all times. Something that is ancient as well as contemporaneous has to be looked in concerning a multidimensional perspective. Also, there has to be a neutrality in its approach. And both the aspects find a perfect balance. The chapters are move in perfect symphony narrating the oft-unheard characters of the Mahabharata. And the timelines are clearly defined. This is clearly a very gripping and a very enthralling read.

Jan 02 '16
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you, Arpi. :)

Jan 11 '16
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Varchaswi

Well! Well! Who can resist the charm of Indian epics…. While the chapters have been crisp and tight, who does not connect to the emotion of a child-mother relation? However, I have to say; that every book has a theme and I could not grasp it. Is it the character journey…… is it redemption that a character seeks…… is it social or individual acceptance sought after…. what is the premise underlying the author’s expression of a novel….? ….This may be due to lack of detailed synopsis. Anyway, as long as the content pulls the reader into it, it is useless to think of other things…. While the book itself may end up being gold (I cannot comment on this because I do not have the entire script), the way it will be pushed into the hands of the target audience, is what decides if this ends up as a chartbuster or otherwise….

Dec 23 '15
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you

Jan 11 '16
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dhivyakrish.s

The concept of the book was quite unique! As a mahabharath lover we speak ,read ,discuss and write more and more about mahabharath but we rarely speak and write mahabharath after the great war.We hardly remember the people who survived in the war except pandavs and draupadi. Certainly,Mahabharath was not the victory of war.in my point of view Mahabharath was characters. This effort of the author was appreciable! The first three chapters starting with the root of the mahabharath( bhishma ) was a wonderful read. This book gives us a new angle of mahabharath from the point of views of the characters who survived after the great disaster and they tells you what mahabharath was actually from their life.I would like to read this one completely. very good Job Mrs.GetthaKrishnan and hats of to your novel idea.All the best!!

Dec 21 '15
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you. :)

Dec 21 '15
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Hemangi Patgiri

Being an avid reader of mythological stories, the choice of reading this script is obvious. The language is simple and the flow of the story is well paced. The precious moments between the child Bheeshma and his divine mother Ganga was touching and the emotions between these two characters are well balanced in the chapters. I would have loved to read more on Bheeshma's childhood and his days in gurukul. His journey from a child to one of the fierce warrior of the Bharatas under the tutelage of his revered guru.
I would like to read further on the epic's various character's POV. From the blurb I already sensed that this script has a possibility of continuing in many volumes. There is much scope in exploration of the characters POV in different light.
All the best Geetha !!! Would love to read your story further.

Dec 21 '15
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you. Yes, there will be more than one book definitely.

Dec 21 '15
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Shruti Paranjpe

It is an interesting concept to have the various characters of Mahabharata narrate their tale. The language is simple & the POVs are to the point with all the necessary details but without being unnecessary lengthy. I would love to read more of this.

Dec 20 '15
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you Shruti.

Dec 21 '15
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Kalyani

The blurb is definitely interesting, but the sample chapters didn’t really help me figure out how this tale was going to be different from the popularly known version or the many other modern versions. Of course, if the entire manuscript were made available, I would patiently read it till it reached a stage where this retelling’s uniqueness started making itself felt. But since I don’t have access to the entire book, and also since many such retellings / versions have been and are being attempted, it would be great if the author could introduce the book’s USP as early as possible … maybe start with a big-bang prologue?

Apart from that, I found the writing and pace nice and easy though I stumbled across some sudden shifting / mix up of tense. Nothing a round of proof reading cannot solve.

All the best!

Dec 19 '15
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you for the review. I shall watch out for the errors. :)

Dec 19 '15
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Deepak Kaul

I was interested in this manuscript right away, for obvious reasons, and basically could not stop reading, and want to read more. Thoughts and execution are as crisp as the writing and the chapters. All the best to the author.

Dec 18 '15
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you. :)

Dec 18 '15
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Sanjana Shelar

The writing is a little stilted, and the characters do not seem to ring true. There is neither the poetry and grandeur of the actual Mahabharata, nor the simplicity that might exist in the language and thoughts of a child. I would like to read a bit further to find out who the Guru is.

Dec 17 '15
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Geetha Krishnan

Devavrata went to his father when still in his teens, I assume. Age is not specificaaly mentioned in the epic. Ages of some of the people are mentioned in the Southern Recension, but nowhere in the Northern Recension. I am basically following KMG and CE, so ages are based on assumptions and logic. The names of Bheeshma's Gurus are mentioned in the epic.

Jan 11 '16
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Sanjana Shelar

Hi Geetha, when did Devavrata go to live with his father, do you know? Is the story you're writing about his time at a Gurukul based on a mention of this in the Mahabharata? I'm very interested in the epic, so I'd like to know. I think your idea is an interesting one, trying to fill in the stories of some of the main characters. I admire your courage in taking on so many at once, and such well known-characters, at that. Bheeshma might be the most difficult, I think, simply because so much of his story already exists.

Dec 18 '15
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you. I shall definitely try to improve. :)

Dec 17 '15
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Rashmi Rathi

So far looks good. The first chapter though, I found to be a bit lengthy and hovering too much on Bhishma's state of mind. Can't really guess what is to come, but, if the first chapter is just the beginning of Bhishma's narration that too from his childhood then I am a bit cautiously curious about the length of the book as it is going to have an account from so many people. But, nevertheless it is an interesting premise to have accounts of the great epic from the survivor's point of view.

Dec 17 '15
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Geetha Krishnan

Thank you. Yes, it will be long, but it will be more than one book, so the length will not be a problem

Dec 17 '15
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Geetha Krishnan Follow

A banker by profession and a writer by passion, I am an ardent lover of Indian mythology on which I love to write. I am also a voracious reader and can devour almost any genre as long as it is written well