Chanakya by @ashokkbanker Thank you for the review copy @writersmelon
@westland_books Historic Fiction is one of my favourite genres!
"It is with such tiny adjustments that we normalize evil, allow tyranny to make its house within our democratic mind, permit the erosion of freedom and justice by those who warp and bend it to serve their own ends. [...] Whom will you believe, the tyrant asks, me, or your own lying eyes and senses?"- Ashok K. Banker, Chanakya.
We know of Chanakya as a serious and wise statesman so it was wonderful to see him portrayed as a boy of seven. Although fictitious, I fell in love with the wily little boy who routinely outsmarted adults. The author was descriptive without boring the readers and I could vividly picture the entire Gupta family and the courtiers of Pataliputra.
I also applaud the author for talking about sensitive issues such as human trafficking and corruption at all echelons of power. It was interesting to see that the problems that the society faced in the 300-200 B.C are prevalent even in the 21st century and we are still trying to curb the society of these menaces just like Chanakya tried to do.
Little Vishnu Gupta’s understanding of the inner workings of the delicate political hierarchy was invigorating to read. I can’t wait to read the next book in this aptly named ‘Itihasa’ series!
The book was fast paced and I finished the entire book in a single day. A 4 ⭐ read, the full review is up on my blog #linkinbio
QOTD: Did you like history lessons in school?
I always felt like it was too much of dates and events but not enough story.
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