Here is a story spun around the ancient Indian history! The Ten Kings by Ashok Banker is a historical novel that revolves around a brave and valiant tribal clan in 3400 BCE, led by their chief, Sudasa. This book brings to life an incident from the Vedic texts of Rigveda, a sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns from the Indo-Aryan period.
Ten Kings is about this small clan who heroically defend their rich and fertile five rivers, today popularly known as Punjab from invasion. The invaders were the 10 Kings of the neighbouring clans, namely the European Steppes, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Dasarajana, as mentioned in the Rig Veda. The historical site where these wars were waged became the city of Harappa, a place that was the root to one of the earliest urban civilizations in history. A country soon developed around this city, which later came to be known as Bharath.
The war lasted a day and it was swift and brutal with merciless ends - for the 10 Kings! So, how did the odds of one against 10 win? Ashok Banker's historical fiction reveals the scenes that unveiled during those 24 hours. Ten Kings is definitely a key that unravels the magical history of this minuscule tribe that defended their land with sheer force and determination.
Ashok Banker creates a legendary battle and takes us on a thrilling ride on how a one-man army defeats forces 10 times its size. Get to know the Vedic period better through Banker's Ten Kings!