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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