The book Andha Yug is written as a poem cum drama. Dialogues are somewhere between a poem and prose. The whole book is about the scene from Mahabharata, after the 18-day war. It begins with the last scene that Sanjay narrates to the blind Dhritarashtra and Gandhari. While the final battle between Bheem and Duryodhan is still to happen, Duryodhan is yet to die.
It depicts the psychology of Ashwathama when he realizes that his father has been killed by misusing his name. And this has lead to the defeat of Kauravas. He goes mad with the thought and wants to kill Pandavas and Krishna, who he knows is the brain behind the trick. It depicts the state of all the survivors who have survived the war, no one is sure who has won the battle in the real sense of the winning, and who has lost it.
It depicts the end of Krishna, the mesh of curses that get exchanged and affect not only the one who is cursed but the one who gives the curse. For the first time, it is said that of all the Pandava’s it was only the Yudhishthira who was carrying the burden of all his four brothers as they were good for nothing. Not sure if the original Mahabharata says the same, but at least the popular versions have indicated that.
The language is the best part of this book, the prose and poetry are written with a lot of meaning that conveys the emotions also with equal ease. You almost go through every emotion as you read the verses, and feel what each character is going through. A good read for people who like to read good Hindi.
Ahsan Bhai, thanks for sending me this book.
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