The Seeds of War, is the second book in the MBA series by author Ashok Banker. The readers of the first book, The Forest of Stories, were eagerly awaiting the release of the second part of the series and the book has been lapped up by all those who love to read about Indian epics and mythology. Ashok Banker, is widely acclaimed for his Ramayana series and the series was hailed as a milestone and a labour of love. Banker's works have been translated in dozens of languages and published in 56 nations and hundreds of reprint editions with 1.1 million copies are in print presently. The MBA series in a marvellous effort by Banker to retell the epic of Mahabharata in all its enormity and grandeur in a total of 18 parts.
The book brings home to the readers all the elderly protagonists of Mahabharata and is a wonderful tale woven and enmeshed with friendship and enmity, love and lust. Readers also get a glimpse into the self sacrifices made and the politics indulged in by the key characters of the epic. Banker's writing portrays how the friendship, enmity, affection, sacrifices and politics subtly sow the seeds, which ultimately brings the Kaurava and Pandava world at war. Initially, the readers might feel that being a part of the journey that the characters of the epic embark on is the reward, but gradually as you delve into the pages of the book, you realize that tales about exploits in the realms of heaven, unrequited love, divine pacts and demonic trysts are unique elements, which make the book almost impossible to put down. The author brings forth different aspects of the epic and it becomes evident to the readers that each of these aspects play a significant part in completing the tapestry that reveals the grandeur and glamour of the Kuru clan.
The Seeds of War depicts the descendants of the original tribe, which arguably, established the oldest and greatest civilization known to mankind. The mercurial personalities of the key characters of the tale, complete with their weaknesses and insecurities, make for interesting reading and the readers will be intrigued by the mysteries and thrills that each page of the book holds.
This book starts with the tale of Devyani, the only daughter of asura guru Shankaracharya and Kancha, the son of deva guru Brihaspati and traces Devyani's rise from a brahmin girl to a princess when she marries Yayati, a raj shatriya of repute. The story of how the Puru clan gained its divine boon of strength and longevity is traced and readers are also made aware of the unusual love story of Shantanu and Ganga- a goddess in mortal form and how this love led to Shantanu's son Devavrata becoming Bhishma. The end of this book, too, is marked by the reappearance of Bhimshma's brother Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa. Vyasa impregnates the widow queens of the Kuru dynasty but Vyasa gets angry during the act and prophecies the birth of a blind and a pale heir for the Hastinapur throne, thereby sowing the seeds of the future war. Readers who want to shop online for this book can shop at Junglee.com for it.
The book was published by Westland on December 14th, 2012 and has sold thousands of copies since then. The IBN 10 code of this book is 9381626863 and IBN 13 code is 9789381626863.