Published by Leadstart, Yugantar by Raghavan Srinivasan is an intense historical fiction set in 4th century BC. The book is poignant in depicting the ossification of many aspects that built Bharatavarsha. As the tagline of the book states – The Dream of Bharatavarsha Takes Shape 2300 Years Ago.
The author is a well-read person, who must have done tremendous historical research to pen down this saga-like book. The ancient past of Indian sub-continent is interesting yet intriguing. According to the novel, the 4th century BC was a time of most conflicting philosophies and ideologies happening in and around Bharatavarsha. The author has considered philosophies and ideologies to understand the undercurrent development of Bharatavarsha in that time, around 2300 years ago. He has left religions and sects better ignored.
At this time the Indian sub-continent was chaos due to internal conflicts between provinces and was also exposed to outsiders like Macedonian and Greeks for invasion. As just after the preface, the author has put 7 interpretations that present an otherwise story of the making of this land, contrary to textbook context.
The book holds a meaningful stance in understanding the development our country. The better way to understand historical facts is through fictionalization. Raghavan introduces many indispensable characters in a fictional tone that acts as massive force to change that time – that’s why they are called Yugantar – it is a Hindi title which means changing the time. The political maps presented at the start of the book will definitely help readers to understand the main characters with their designated locations. The book is divided into 2 parts to keep confusion at bay.
Overall, it could be that book which can satiate your historical fiction craving with some amazing yet alternate facts and stats. The author used all his immense imagination and well-sketched figures to transport the readers in that time. From pleasure to research, this book holds a great relevance to those who wish to delve deeper to understand the multi-faceted aspects of the present Indian subcontinent.
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About the Author:
Raghavan Srinivasan is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from Madras University and a post-graduate in MBA from McMaster University, Canada. At present, he is a professional consultant in the social development area. He lives in New Delhi. As a consultant he has written and edited a number of documents. He has also been editing a magazine called Ghadar Jari Hai for several years now. It started as a print publication and is now an online magazine. He has written several cover stories, articles and travelogues for print and online newspapers. Raghavan is passionately interested in Indian literature, philosophy and history.