Author: Jagmohan Bhanver
Publisher: Rupa Publications
The Indian Mythology is a subject of deep research and experimentation. Usually, this arena as a genre in modern Indian writing is still unharnessed. I have only limited knowledge and understanding of the Indian Mythology or say, Vedic History at large and that too is based on what is acquired through bed-time stories from elders of the family and tele-serials! Numerous questions came tagged along as to why such a development took place? Why a particular passage was taken? Why a particular act was justified enough? And many more… Not every time my queries found the appropriate intellect. Surprisingly, these sources led way to more such unanswered questions!
No, I am not a preacher and nor a heavy brainer as well. It’s just that I wished to make my own acts and deeds and justified enough to face the lord – one fine day (as we all are taught). This book, the first of the trilogy titled – The Curse of Brahma; is an answer key to all such unattended queries surrounding us. Yes, we all are surrounded with lots of questions pertaining to our existence and our course of life which is very strongly interconnected with our past lives. This book attempts to provide a clear picture of such invisible connections. Usually, we perceive the developments around us in a unidirectional manner only and thus we are left unsatisfied and greedy for more from our lives and from our prayers to almighty. This book helps us to admire the multidimensional approach of the all-powerful almighty and adds a new dimension to our limited knowledge of our culture and depth of the Vedic scriptures.
As suggested, this is the first book from the set of the three. It starts with the very first step laying foundation to the birth of the Lord Krishna. We are informed that Lord Krishna is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who took birth to wade off the evil in face of Kansa and others but I am confident that not many of us are informed about how these two worlds are connected with and divided from each other. This book details the incidents that led to the developments that we know today.
The two best things that I personally admire about the work includes – firstly – the simplicity with which the author enlightens us with the complexities of the then prevailing conditions; secondly – the tone chosen while writing. He wrote as if he is explaining us the confusing terminologies with logical reasoning. It made easier to join the connecting links which was not possible otherwise. You can take pause at any given time and recollect from your memories and rejoice as you find the missing links in your understandings. It was much easier to visualize whatever was written in the pages. The risk with such works is that the readers might feel lost in heavy terms and extravagant descriptions of scenic beauties or emotions or gallantries if the kinships but he managed to sail off the unnecessary adjectives and explanations.
It might be misjudged that this book is fit for the readers who are aware of the Indian mythology in some or the other manner or who are informed about the birth story and life history of the Lord Krishna or if they have any interest in such a genre but believe me it is equally entertaining to fiction readers as well. It is surprisingly shocking to know that this comes as the author’s first attempt in this genre. The amount of research involved and patience required to pen it and shape it into a (series of) book is an up-hill task and needs experience. The author has made a successful attempt in resurfacing the facts of life.
You will get enlighten with the history and get a chance to look back into your past deed in order to chart-out your future. Trust me, the logics are equally effective as they were thousands of years ago. It was an enjoyable experience for me whenever I took pause after completing every single chapter and contemplated all what I have read. We, as humans commit numerous mistakes all day long either knowingly, unknowingly or in the name of being practical; it is only rarely that we get a chance to re-consider our actions. This book provides you with many such chances.
Note: I have not shared any glimpse about the contents of the book rather my review is based on how I felt while reading and after reading this book. I consider these kinds of book as opportunities to become a wise soul. Hope this review helps you in deciding a wise read instead of just any another entertaining read.
This book was provided to me through b00k r3vi3w Tours.
About the Book
The man who became a Brahmarishi…
The curse that banished him to the hell of hells…
And the revenge that threatens to destroy the three worlds…
When Lord Brahma, the God of Creation, banishes his star pupil from Swarglok in a fit of rage, he does not foresee that his decision will alter the fate of the three worlds. Mortally wounded, and anguished at Brahma’s unfair punishment, his pupil struggles to survive in Tamastamah Prabha, the hell of hells. In time, he becomes the Dark Lord, the most feared figure in Pataal Lok, who swears to destroy Brahma.
The power of the Dark Lord soon begins to make its presence felt in the mortal world. Vasudev, the brave prince of Bateshwar, becomes the hunter of Asura assassins; his closest friend, Kansa, almost dies while trying to save his sister from a group of deadly monsters; and the most valiant kings in Mrityulok turn over to the dark side, driven by forces beyond their control.
Only one person threatens the Dark Lord’s well-laid plans – Devki, the beautiful princess of Madhuvan, who is destined to give birth to the warrior Krishna.
Will the Dark Lord allow Krishna – the person who has been prophesied to destroy him – to be born?