09 November, 2015

The Curse of Brahma by Jagmohan Bhanver- Book Review

Book Details:
Title: The curse of Brahma
Author: Jagmohan Bhanver
Genre: Mythology
No of pages: 378 pages
Publishers: Rupa Publications
Source: Free review copy from book r3viw tours

Book Blurb:
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?

My Review:
I have been reading a lot of Mythology books recently and so, i was wondering if this book interests me or not before taking this up. I was hesitant to read another mythology, especially first part of a trilogy series. I am fond of Mythology from childhood and heard many stories on Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavatham from my father. So, obviously, my expectation is high as I want to know something which I didn't hear in my childhood stories.

As blurb mentions, this is the story of incidents and circumstances before Lord Krishna is born. The story is very interesting. We all know Kansa as an evil king, but I was surprised to know that he was a noble person and changed by the evil power of the so-called 'Dark Lord'.

The writing style is very simple (like Chetan Bhagat's novels) and flow is easy to follow. But, there are many grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes in the book. Characterization is very good, especially I liked the way the author shows the dual behavior of Kansa with his mortal and asura natures. The author portrays Jarasandha as very cruel and we, as a reader actually hate him for his cunning plans and betrayal. Devki is shown as a powerful, brave, intelligent and beautiful woman. The portrayal of the Dark Lord 'Amartya' is excellent. Amartya is very clear on what he want to do and on whom he want to take a revenge and the purpose of  everything that he plans.

Few points that I learned more about the scenario before Krishna's birth:
1. Kansa, Jaraasandha, Chanur and Banasura are great warriors of that time and except Jarasandha, others are very good and were changed due to the evil power of Amartya
2. Story about Amartya, the Brahmarshi  is all new
3. Never heard that Vasudev was also a skilled warrior and king of Bateshwar
4. Childhood friendship between Devki and Vasudev and Vasudev's relationship with Rohini
5. Details about Patal lok and its 7 levels,  Prominent countries coming under Mrityalok, the geographical information etc.,

My rating: 4/5
I would recommend this to readers who love mythology and also to young readers who don't have the habit of book reading(since the language is very  simple to follow, it will be easy for them to get into the habit of reading).

Until next time,

PS: Received this book free from the author through book r3vi3 tours for review and this is my unbiased opinion on this book.

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