The Boy from Pataliputra by Rahul Mitra – Book Review

The Boy from Pataliputra



It is 326 BC and Alexander, the barbarian king of Macedonia, has descended upon Bharatvarsha with a multi-national horde of Yavanas, Pahlavas, Shakas and Bahlikas.

As the invader advances relentlessly and wins bloody battles in quick succession, as local rulers fall over each other to shake hands with the enemy and as the students of Takshashila University break into open revolt, one young man is faced with a terrifying choice, a choice that threatens to tear his carefully constructed world apart. for Aditya is the boy from Pataliputra, the boy who was once a reckless and carefree aristocrat, but who has now been forced to become a man with a purpose to fight for honour and love.

With a sweeping narrative and interesting everyday characters like the smelly old dhaba owner Tanku, Philotas the unlucky Greek soldier, the no-nonsense medical student Radha, Pandi the hard drinking mercenary and the lovely Devika, the Boy from Pataliputra is the mesmerizing story of a young man’s growth to maturity, but also, equally, a story about the rise of a nation.

Book Review:

Historical and mythological fictions are my favourite genres. I had read a book named “The Prince of Pataliputra” which was a fiction woven around Samrat Ashok and was a great read. When I got hold of this book, I was expecting a similar experience and am glad to say that the book did not disappoint me. Initially I was under the impression that the book will be something about the great rulers of Pataliputra. But “The Boy from Pataliputra” is written around an entirely fictional character named Aditya, a common man struggling with everyday problems. This book narrates the tale of Aditya, his journey of becoming a matured individual and the socio political scenario of the country during Alexander’s invasion in India.

When a book is set around the times of Chanakya, the book ought to be interesting. The plot is unique and interesting. The narration style is also very good and lucid. Written in simple English, the story has been executed very well. The vivid war scenes are a delight to read.

The cover of the page is very plain. It could have been so much interesting and creative with such a theme.

Overall, “The Boy from Pataliputra”, is a captivating read and is recommended to every read who loves reading historic fiction. A big thumbs up to the author for penning such an interesting read.

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