BOOK REVIEW: THE CURSE OF BRAHMA

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TITLE: The Curse of Brahma (Krishna Trilogy- Vol. 1)
AUTHOR: Jagmohan Bhanver
PUBLISHER: Rupa Publications
GENRE: Fiction (Indian Mythology)

THE BOOK

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The Curse of Brahma

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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?

THE AUTHOR

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One of Inia’s top leadership coaches, Jagmohan Bhanver is also one of the most powerful speakers in Asia. He has mentored industry leaders across the globe and has handled national and international roles for top multinational banks. A recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award and the Global Achievers Award, Bhanver has previously authored three bestsellers in the non-fiction category. The Curse of Brahma is his debut novel.

I READ, I FELT

Story-line- Interesting and thought-provoking, the book blends facts with fiction beautifully. Kansa one of the most hated characters of Indian mythology, is depicted in a new light thus making one empathize with him. Another important character, in fact the main protagonist i.e.Amartya Kalyanesu, also sets us thinking. One wonders who is evil, the one whose acts do not augur well for others, like the Dark Lord or the one who is actually the root cause of all troubles i.e. Lord Brahma in this novel? The book is in fact an eye-opener. One realizes that neither the Dark Lord nor Kansa were evil. In fact they were pure of heart. It was circumstances or should I say the deeds of others that made them turn evil. In short the story draws our attention to the havoc that just one person’s folly or lack of control on one’s emotions can wreak.

The story has some interesting twists and turns that keep the reader bound. The chain of events also brings to light some stories hitherto unknown to many. There are some portions where one can’t help a smile light up the face. Devaki’s undying love for brother Kansa and the latter’s affection and care for the former moisten the eyes at places. One is forced to rethink about one’s perception of Kansa as a tyrant. He evokes sympathy.

One portion that I particularly liked was that which has Lord Shiva chiding Lord Brahma when the latter comes to him with a request to destroy the Dark Lord. It felt real and down-to-earth. Here Lord Brahma’s position is that of the errant child. We can literally visualize his discomfort when interacting with Lord. Here Lord Shiva seems to don the role of the father figure who takes his ward to task but at the same time guides him and assures him that he’s there to help him clear the mess that the he i.e the latter has created, should the situation demand.

Characterization- Wonderful! The characters are presented with all their imperfections thus making it easy for one to relate to them, their actions and thought process. Even Lord Brahma the creator, is not spared. His anger, his worries, his discomfort all make him easily relatable. The only thing that left me confused at times was the sheer size of the cast.

Language & Pace- Language is simple, crisp and lucid. One can’t help but marvel at the way the author has woven the story. As the story progresses one can clearly visualize the scenes and actions unfold. Pace is perfect. At no point did I feel my interest wane.

RECOMMENDATION & RATING

Overall a wonderful read, one that’s sure to transport you to another world. I’ll give this book 4 on a scale of 5.

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BUYING LINKS

amazon.in II amazon.com

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Disclaimer

This is not a paid review. I was provided a copy of the book by
b00k r3vi3w Tours
in exchange for an honest review.

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