Undesired Duty
Harsh Arora

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Synopsis

How would you like to wander around ancient India during the Mahabharata war, witness its unique customs, experience the rigid social structures, and glimpse the remote tribes while helping a young widow? Journey with Siya and experience her many trials as she tries to unravel the mystery of a strange symbol that she hopes will lead to finding her husband’s killer.

On the journey with her, see if you are daring enough to protect her from near-death experiences along a treacherous route full of inhuman and non-human predators. You will need a lot of courage.

Eventually, you will realize that human emotions—love, hatred, compassion, and revenge are universal and timeless. Passions exist now just as they existed then.

Unlike other retelling of mythical stories, the novel Undesired Duty is about how the lives of commoners were affected by the decisions made by the gods, kings and heroes of Mahabharata. The unfolding story is about the people who lived simple lives that caused them to struggle between the duties imposed on them and the desires they longed to fulfill.

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Nov 01 '14
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Hetika Sanghani

I have never read a book with mythological characters...well this book has made me wanting to read one...good portrayal of all the characters...well written...siya's character is etched beautifully...d writing has the power to help the reader visualise the era in which it is written...good job!!

Oct 07 '14
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Sanjana Parikh

Interesting start. I've never read mythological fantasy but i quite enjoyed this. There is not a lot of complicated writing and too much description which is good. However, the pace seems slow. Since you have categorised this as crime fiction as well, I did not feel so till the end of the book, even if its during the Mahabharata. According to the synopsis, this story is about finding a symbol that could lead the wife to her husband's killer but nowhere in these 3 chapters does it seem to advance towards that. I had to drag myself to keep reading by the end of the 2nd chapter.

Jul 28 '14
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Gargi Bhattacharya

What happened afterwards???? I am eagerly waiting! Very interesting!!

Jun 17 '14
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Dhaval Thacker H

I love the concept. I am putting a star less coz I am getting a wierd feeling of good concept but poor story! Still...I will definately read if its out in market!

Jun 08 '14
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Anand Malhotra

This book has a different concept. It would be interesting to see how the author further recreates and conceives an epic era and how he is able to capture and incorporate the finer nuances of a period long gone by. The language used is quite plain and the narration was a bit ordinary for my taste. But then again its too early to comment on a plot which is yet to unfold.

Jun 05 '14
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Jun 04 '14
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Adambha Mehta

Good easy read. Looking forward to read Mahabharata from the perspective of ordinary people instead of Pandavs, Kauravs, Krishna and other heroes. All the best..

Jun 04 '14
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Darshit Godbole

Really enjoyed reading it. Looking forward to it.

Jun 03 '14
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Ashish Kumar Trivedi

SEEMS INTERESTING.

May 30 '14
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Niyati Shinde

Fascinating...! Eagerly awaiting the rest of the book.

May 27 '14
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Inderjit Singh Paintal

Brilliant and intriguing! The narrative flows so effortlessly and makes for great reading! Look forward to a well researched book that is sure to transport the reader back in time.

May 27 '14
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About the author

Harsh Arora Follow

Over the last few years, I have written and directed several plays based on Indian mythology. Undesired Duty is my first novel.