Book Review: MATSYA: The First Avatar (DASHAVATAR Book 1)



TITLE: MATSYA: The First Avatar (DASHAVATAR Book 1)
AUTHOR: Sundari Venkataraman
PUBLISHER: Flaming Sun (Indie published)
GENRE: Mythological Fiction (Children’s Literature)
FORMAT: Kindle Edition



Lord Brahma is highly disturbed when the four vedas are stolen from him the moment he goes to sleep at the end of the kalpa. It’s Asura Hayagriva who’s gotten away with the sacred scriptures.

Lord Vishnu offers to go to the creator’s rescue and takes the guise of Matsya, the fish.

King Satyavrath lands up with a tiny gold fish when he’s offering prayers to the Sun God one morning. Is the fish all that it appears to be?

How can Satyavrath help the fish?

Read more to find out the reason for Lord Vishnu taking the avatar on earth as Matsya.


Retold in simple, crisp language, this one on the first avatar of Mahavishnu, has all the elements required to make a read enjoyable, engaging and informative. Apart from putting across the reason for the birth of the Matsyavtar, the book also delves into the intricacies associated with the various yugas, the cycle of birth; apocalypse and extinction of life on earth every thousands of years and the emergence of a new dawn. It offers hope of destruction of evil forces and sends out a strong message that eventually good prevails.

The pace is perfect and the style does justice to the story. I loved the way the author has portrayed the growth of a small fish into one of monstrous proportion, and the final revelation of its true form towards the end. It’s sure to awe and garner interest among the little ones. And before I give my verdict I must add that the opening scene of Brahma being dead tired and yearning for a ‘short’ nap as well as Asura Hayagriva waiting to pounce on that unknown something that could possibly fall off from Devaloka ( Read ‘Brahma’) made me truly curious. I could not but help live Hayagriva’s anxiety. The Author does have a way of riveting you to your seat till you finish her book.

This one though a short read of just 38 pages, speaks volumes of the research that has gone into its creation.

A riveting one narrating a mythological story in a language and style that’s sure to hook readers both young and old alike, I’m giving this one a 👌 5.


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3 responses »

  1. I am just reading Sudha Murthy’s book on some unknown tales from Mahabharatha – and this book sounds like an amazing read! I find that mythology is fun to read ❤

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  2. Thank you so much Geeta Nair for the wonderful review. I am so glad to know that you enjoyed reading my version of this tale. 😀


  3. Pingback: Book Review: VARAHA: The Third Avatar (Dashavatar Book 3) | Fabric of Life

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