The mahabharata endures as the great epic of india. While jaya is the story Of the pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of kurukshetra, ajaya is the tale of the Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man. From the pen of the author who gave voice to Ravana in the national bestseller, asura, comes the riveting narrative which compels us to question The truth behind the mahabharata.

As the Pandavas stake their claim to the Hastinapura throne, the Kaurava Crown Prince, Suyodhana, rises to challenge Krishna. As great minds debate dharma and adharma, power hungry men prepare for an apocalyptic war.

The women, highborn and humble, helplessly watch the unfolding disaster with deep foreboding. And greedy merchants and unscrupulous priests lie in wait like vultures. Both sides know that beyond the agony and carnage the winner will take all. But even as gods conspire and men’s destinies unfold, a far greater truth awaits. The dark age of kali is rising and every man and woman must choose between duty And conscience, honour and shame, life and death…


Anand Needakantan has done with Duryodhan what he did with Ravan in Asura. Both presented as exceptionally gifted and blessed individuals complete with their virtues and vices. He has presented, likewise, the Pandavas as fallible humans with their own set of weaknesses and strengths. A very balanced narrative with a unique interpretation, vivid imagination and clarity of thought and expression.

Dr Saby John


I'm so flattered by the beautiful description of each and every situation! It feels so refreshing reading books from the 'other' point of view. After reading Asura, Ajaya definitely sounded promising! Glad that I've picked them up! It is not easy to pen down the words of the vanquished. It takes courage and wisdom to put forward such sensitive topics without possibly irking a conservative and rebellious country like ours! So proud to have read this book! A must must read!❤

Navya Alishala


I am a devotee of krishna and i found very difficult reading this since krishna is some what potrayed in a negative shade.Literally i was hating pandavas to the core for the acts they did to kauravas for power.But when i came to the climax part i was amazed.Often mahabharat is depicted as the war between good and evil,but no one can decide who are the good and evil.Both sides have their version of dharma for war and no side can be assumed as bad.This book has increased my perspective over what had happened and I am delightful for having read this.Thank you Anand Neelakantan for this master piece.May the force be with you.



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