Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Book Review: The Curse of Brahma by Jagmohan Bhanver

Title and Author: The Curse of Brahma by Jagmohan Bhanver
No. of Pages: 378
Series: Krishna Trilogy, Volume #1
Publication Date: Rupa Publications India; First edition (25 February 2015)
Genre: Indian Mythology, Fiction, Indian Writing, Indian Author
Language: English

Book Review:
I enjoy reading Indian mythology based stories and when I heard about this one, I knew I just had to check it out.

The title and cover are intriguing and enigmatic. Managing to successfully capture my attention, I was further lured in by the blurb that promised an interesting read.

The Curse of Brahma by Jagmohan Bhanver, at first glance, looks like it is the story of Lord Krishna but this isn't the case. Here we get the story of Krishna from his Uncle Kansa's perspective along with a parallel story line of the star pupil of Lord Brahma who was exiled by his teacher and who went on to become the most feared evil Lord.

The story starts in a promising manner and I was instantly engaged in the action. The author has a fluid style of writing and managed to create a visual of the scenes and events in my mind. Successful in maintaining my interest and suspense, I stayed glued to my seat but while he managed to deliver a engrossing story in most parts, there are also parts where the story lagged and can make the reader feel bored.

The plot and the execution are promising but the story could have been told in a more crisp manner. Maybe, we'll see it in the following parts of this trilogy. For the present, I enjoyed reading the book and loved revisiting loved mythological characters and reading their stories from a fresh perspective.

I don't want to give away too much of the story with you but if you love reading about Gods and want to visit a time that was magical and so very different from our present world  then give this book a chance. 3.5 out of 5 to The Curse of Brahma from me. I look forward to reading the other parts of this trilogy and feel Jagmohan is a talented author, whose books I would be checking out in the future.

I received the book from the author and from the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.


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