Friday, 19 August 2016

Book Review: The Mahabharata code by Karthik K B Rao


My view:

I love to read mythology, where you get to read supernatural power’s to hero and also to the villains and if it is Indian mythology, that’s my first preference. Although I have read Mahabharata many times and also viewed it on television at the time of Doordarshan, but this is first time I am reading a blend of science, philosophy, it’s somewhat fusion, where whatsapp, email, chat, Smartphone’s, tablets etc is intertwined in this novel.

One thing which I liked the most is author’s interpretation of mythological events like why God has taken birth at that particular time, the importance of good and evil etc, its represented in such a way that keeps you thinking after each chapter.    

A fast paced novel with very simple and easy language. This is fresh and unique concept by the author Karthik Rao, something totally out of the box is presented to the readers; I really appreciate his imagination especially when it comes from the debut author. I don’t want to spoil the entire plot by revealing it, so I highly recommend to those who love to read the mythology and sci-fi novels.

What I didn’t like is the cover of the book, it’s too messy and if you think of the storyline then according to my view there is very little connection between the cover and main plot. Also many times this novel looks like debates were there is no conclusion coming out of the discussion, especially when there is discussion about spirituality.

P.S. I am giving 4 stars for this awesome novel, a serious subject described in easy way. Also please read the 20th Chapter of this novel for self realization.

I received a free paperback copy from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review.


"The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here. 

As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa's scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. 

Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?"

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Karthik K.B. Rao

Karthik Rao is a 32-year-old software professional based in Bangalore. He lives with his wife Sushma, parents and two little sons Kaustubh Krishna and Raghav Krishna aged 4 and 1, respectively. He says, he gets to meditate close to 3 hours every day on his bike thanks to the notorious Bangalore traffic. His hobbies include following cricket, Indian politics on the social media and Indian mythology. He also plays plastic ball cricket with his sons.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Book Review: Once upon a time in India Alfered Assolant Translated by Sam Miller


Book Review: Once upon a time in India Alfered Assolant Translated by Sam Miller

*Publisher: Juggernaut *ISBN: 978-81-9323-726-7 *No of Pages: 222 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction/Adventure *Price: 299 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

In one word it’s an excellent adventure novel I have ever come across this year, just think, a person never visited India but then also writing a novel based on India, isn’t it very interesting and also hard thing to do?

What I liked the most is the attractive cover of the book, the image of Captain Corcoran is like a machismo having a curved mustache and old fashioned gun in his hand, with beautiful Indian princess along with tigress Louison. While reading the introduction I came to know that this book was very popular in French at the time of 1857 and then translated into different languages, but it was later translated in English (I think its because of author Alfred Assolant portraying Captain Corcoran as hero who was capable of defeating East India Company along with tigress Louison in India). Also I liked the translator Sam Miller’s notes and what mistakes done by the author at last pages of the book and notes for the research he has done for this book.  

This novel is a good resource for those who want to know about India at the time of 1857, when British just started to rule. While reading the novel you will know the relationship between France and Britain, also story is weaved in such a way that you will get ample of information on important moments of Indian history.

I am not going to spoil the entire story by giving the plot, but if you read you will get humour, adventure, action, romance, an intelligent tigress etc. An interesting plot which keeps you hooked up till the last page, it’s truly a page turner novel. The book has every ingredient to be a best seller.

I received a free paperback copy from the publisher Juggernaut Books in return of honest review.


It is the time of the Great Uprising of 1857. India is in turmoil. Captain Corcoran, a French sailor who has roamed the world, arrives with his pet tigress Louison. And so begins the adventure of his life, as he and his tigress join hands with a Maratha prince and his beautiful daughter Sita, to fight the British.

This fast moving story, with dramatic twists and turns, combines romance, humour and edge of seat suspense.  

Friday, 5 August 2016

Book Review: City of Death by Abheek Barua

City of Death

Book Review: City of Death by Abheek Barua

*Publisher: Juggernaut *ISBN: 978-81-9323-721-2 *No of Pages: 263 *Cover: Hardback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction/Crime *Price: 399 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

Crime and mystery remains my favorite read, it always intrigues me. And if it’s from a debut author I am always eager to read it.  Why I loved to read mystery novels is they opens your thinking process, how it happened, who did it, what will be the outcome etc. it actives your brain cells.

Now the city of death is all about serial killer and somewhat a psycho. It’s not only about crime but the author has perfectly portrayed the life of metro and so called upper class family and their life’s secret are being weaved in the novel. It all starts with a murder of a young woman from high society and case is given to Crime branch for investigation.   
The novel is full of suspense, violent many times and it’s really difficult to guess the murderer, also the city name is never mentioned by the author but while reading one can know that it’s a Kolkata. The epilogue is described in such a way that I am waiting for the sequel of this novel.

The author failed to convey the message when future and past is described of any character, it is really distracting from whose point the future and past are being narrated, otherwise it is well written novel.

I really liked this well-crafted novel and recommend to those who love to read crime/mystery novels. 

P.S. This novel will help you to build and sharpen your vocabulary.

I received a free Hardback copy from the publisher Juggernaut Books in return of honest review.


On a muggy monsoon afternoon Sohini Sen gets a call from the chief minister’s office. A young woman from a well-connected family in the city has been found brutally murdered. Sen is brought back from a bureaucratic wasteland to the thick of the action. An intelligent and intuitive investigator who struggles with addiction and depression, Sen is ill-prepared for an investigation that is a political minefield with TV anchors and tabloids baying for blood. As various interested parties, armed with power and money, try to manipulate the murder enquiry, Sen is forced to question the very possibility of justice.

A moody, atmospheric novel that is as much about the Indian city and the dark depths of the human mind as it is about crime and investigation, City of Death marks the debut of a brilliant new voice.