The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1: Govinda is one of the many books written by Krishna Udayasankar. This book narrates the story of the whole of the Indian subcontinent and not just India. The story is set in the time and age of Jarasandha's reign. The rulers under him are happy accepting him as their overlord. However, there has been something going on in the Aryavarta that was not so apparent, and this was the conflict of interests between the Firstborns who were under the leadership of Vyasa and the Firewrights, who were the inventors. Firstborns collected the knowledge of Aryavarta, determined rules and regulations, morality and immorality. However, the Firewrights, being inventors, wanted to have their own rules. This conflict of ideas, interests, and power are what led to a war that almost destroyed every single one of the Firewrights. This conflict is the underlying theme of the story and thus it paves a new way for us to look at things in the book.
Though the story is something most of us are familiar with, it doesn't make the book any less interesting. Krishna Udayasankar has given characters new life and their own voice which makes each and every one of them unique. From the marriage of Panchal's daughter to the burning of the Kandava forest, there are surprises at every turn, something that enthralls the readers. The conversations that the characters have in the story question our way of life as it is today.
Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1: Govinda is not just a piece of writing but it is almost a literary thesis. The last few pages of the book show us how much effort Krishna Udayasankar put in to write the book as she cites all the resources she has used. Krishna Udayasankar, was educated in law at the prestigious National Law School India University, Bangalore and also holds a doctorate from the reputed Nanyang Business School, Singapore, where she currently lectures. Her other notable works include Objects of Affection, a full-length collection of poetry (Math Paper Press, 2013). This book is Published by Hachette India; you can buy the paperback edition online with the ISBN number of 9789350097526.