I mentioned in one of my earlier posts about some eBooks being there now which you can read in ten or fifteen minutes at most. It was nice to see a couple of books from Ruskin Bond in that list too. I have always admired the writing of Ruskin Bond. It’s simple writing that anyone can follow and enjoy reading.
There’s a book for everyone, or so it is said. Nowadays, there are books even for those who only have ten minutes of free time in a day. I was surprised to see that. But I was happy to see this book as one of those books.
The love for reading has been there since childhood. From fairy tales to crime fiction, my school days got me into reading more often than not. Comics were one genre I consumed happily back then. I remember reading the witty tales of Akbar & Birbal as a series of comics. It was a delightful travel back in time as I re-read some of the tales that I loved back then in this book by Monisha Mukundan.
Once past the college life, we’re said to be entering the ‘real world’. In a way, that is true. Even in college, we’d have retained some semblance of childhood, when in reality we’re well on our way to that ‘real world’. For anyone in the corporate/professional world, the first order of business would be getting a boss, I suppose. That’s a change we’re to embrace. Up until then, we did not have anyone telling us what to do (parents don’t count) and we were headed somewhere, not led somewhere. Through the corporate/professional life, the bosses keep changing. As the author himself says in the early parts of this book, there’s even a chance that we imbibe some of his/her qualities. For one who keeps shifting between different companies, there’d be an idea of what the boss is like. Through this book, Sibichen introduces the reader to many kinds of bosses.
Mythology – one of my favorite genres, and of late, one that seems to be popular in Indian Writing in English, with various retellings and mythology-based fantasies that are coming up in that field. And an author who I have read before, and know has a talent for storytelling in this particular genre. It was a book I wanted to read knowing there was a very good chance I’d love it, and it lived up to that expectation for me.
Mythology is a genre that I love a lot. The stories of gods and demons, triumph of good over evil, they are something that I’ve been given a steady diet of from childhood. They are what I fondly discuss with my grandparents even these days. When a series, or a trilogy as is so common these days, is based on one of those well known plots/characters, it raises expectations, the first one being “Will it be able to recreate the magic in some way?”
It is Krishna who is the focus of this trilogy, so the title of the book, The Curse of Brahma, already reeled me in (as did the cover design). What did a curse by the four headed Supreme God have to do in Krishna’s tale? The story begins elsewhere and ends with the birth of Krishna; which leaves me in two minds. Does the story work as part of the Krishna trilogy if it has very little of the character? Or does it work well to set up the second book of the series? The book’s focus is on what leads Kansa to go over to the side of evil.
The book, for the most part, is entertaining and engaging. The character of Amartya Kalyanesu is what makes it so. It is his story, what made him become The Dark Lord, the most feared one, the embodiment of evil in the three worlds. That back story was quite wonderful to read. And yes, the first expectation of magic was mostly met as well. When there was magic, the story flowed quickly, and when it didn’t, it dragged. So it was a mix of good and evil. What I didn’t like was that towards the end, the narration took a bit of interest away, and it felt more like an unfortunate mix of mythology and science fiction, leaning more toward the latter.
The characters of this story are mostly known and beloved mythical characters, and I believe they retain the qualities from then. The journey of Amartya Kalyanesu from a Brahmarishi to the Dark Lord was interesting to read, as was the character of the noble prince Kansa.
The start to this trilogy has been promising, even if not the best of the best. I hope that the remaining two books are better than this one.
|Title: The Curse of Brahma||Series: Krishna Trilogy #1|
|Author(s): Jagmohan Bhanver||Genre: Mythology|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9788129135339||Publisher: Rupa Publications|
(© 30th October 2015)