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Aswatthama’s Redemption-The Rise Of Dandak-Book Review


Aswatthama’s Redemption-The Rise Of Dandak- is written by Gunjan Porwal and published by Om Books International. It is a fiction and comes under the mythological genre.


Over a hundred years after the Mahabharat War, an ancient power threatens to destroy the new Age of Men, by establishing the Age of Terror of the asuras, long believed to e extinct. The only hurdle in its path is Guru Dronacharya’s son, the mighty but accused warrior Aswatthama, who lost all his powers following Lord Krishna’s curse, and who unwittingly finds himself drawn into the quest of the lost bow of Lord Rama-the Kodanda.

As ghosts of the distant past, return to haunt him, and the line between friends and enemies blurs, Ashwatthama must fight his inner demons to emerge victorious. He undertakes a perilous journey across the vast plains of the Ganges, to the snow-capped peaks of the Himavant- where the price of failure is a fate worse than death, and death is a privilege not granted to Ashwatthama.

Is this all part of Lord Krishna’s great plan? Will Ashwatthama be able to regain his lost glory?


The book revolves around Ashwatthama, a warrior from the Mahabharat era. I loved the way the author portrayed the feelings, thought process of Ashwatthama. The author tries to explain the repercussions of war, through a warrior’s eyes. The story also highlights the Karma philosophy, none of us can escape that cycle.

I am a big guzzler of mythology and the way the author has interpreted different incidents from Mahabharat, makes one realize it is more than the meeting of eyes. I believe writing about mythology or weaving a story around the same is not easy. It has already been narrated “N” number of times, it is not simple to present existing event, from a different and logical point of view. In mythological books, there is a good chance of losing reader interest, if the author is not imparting something interesting.

Thankfully Gunjan Porwal succeeded on all these fronts and nowhere have I felt like giving the book a miss.


A number of unusual things is sighted in Dandakaranya forest.  The nearby kingdom of Ujjaini felt the heat. The soldiers’ dead bodies were found with no external injuries but their foreheads turned blue. Prince Rana had a strange foreboding. Before he can dwell on it further, his friend Prince Vikram from another kingdom drops in to meet him. Prince Vikram also has equally strange sightings to share, while discussing both realize that these unusual happenings cannot be ignored. Vikram confides that all these happenings indicate, the Asur Dandak is on the verge of redemption. If the entire kingdoms need to be saved then the Dandak resurrection need to be stopped at all cost.

The only way he can be stopped is if he is killed by living part incarnation of Lord Shiva by Kodanda-the bow of Lord Rama. The only living part incarnation of Lord Shiva is Aswatthama. Is it this simple as it looks? Or is the event part of some master plan? Will Aswatthama glory will be finally retained?

Want to know answers to all these questions, do pick the novel.

Why pick the novel:

  • Crisp Editing
  • Will showcase mythological events in a different light
  • Impact of Karma
  • Good English
  • Strong Plot

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