Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Review: The Guardians of Karma by Mohan Vizhakat

On the jacket:

INTRIGUING SCIENCE FICTION BASED ON ANCIENT SHIVA PURANA

Prehistoric times beyond the mists of vedic India - the forgotten era of ‘first wave’ civilisations.

Around 10500 BCE, with sea levels much lower than they are today, and mainland continents still largely covered with ice, the primary centres of Indian civilisation were dominated by two highly advanced nation states – Dev Lok and Daityan Empire. Spiritually-inclined Devas lived in harmony with nature, whereas Daityas believed in brute force technologies for rapid prosperity and material gratification. Steady inundation of the tropical islands created a crisis, particularly for Daityas. To fuel their hunger for material resources, the aggressive Daityas proceeded to invade other nations.

Warrior monk Haŕa becomes the sole hope of Dev Lok to prevent defeat and abject subjugation. However, before he can help them, Haŕa must undertake the ultimate journey of spirituality to pass beyond the barrier of death itself and engage with the astral personae of Lord Rudra - one of three extra-terrestrial progenitors of humanity.

This action-packed mythological science fiction takes the readers through the exotic cities of Amaravati, Atalantpuri (Atlantis?), and traces the arduous journey to Mount Kailash through Sarparanya. The story unfolds the philosophy of Karma within the backdrop of love, passion, greed, war, tragedy and spirituality that characterised these ancient times.

Will Haŕa be able to check the Daityan aggression in time to correct the course of Karma? Will he be able to wield the viman ‘Pinaka’ against the central seat of Daityan power – the indestructible citadels of Tripura? Is he the one who will glorify the name of Lord Shiva as Tripurantaka – the mighty destroyer of Tripura?

Are the epics and mythological legacies of India just reconstructions during vedic age, based on fragmented records of real events that happened during prehistoric times? For example is it possible that the destruction of 'Tripura' as described in Indian scriptures and 'Atlantis' of Greek mythology are both reconstructions of the same event that happened before the worldwide deluge or pralay towards the end of ice-age?

Review:

The Guardians of Karma is a mythological novel with string traces of science fiction from an era where erathlings where more advanced in every way compared to what they are now.Two stories are running parallely to each other in this book, spirituality being the focus.

A well-researched, thoroughly thought of script, the author has definitely done a good job, since someone like me who avoid this genre of books, enjoyed reading it. It could have been a few pages shorter, but that doesn't really hamper the reading experience. 

A very unique and new way of presenting Indian mythology, with the underlying comment of questioning, why this cannot be true! Pretty exciting and unputdownable, once you get into the plot. This book is not only a good read, it is also camapble of getting you thinking!

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Srishti Publishers & Distributors. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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