Elena's Conquest gI m hardly convinced or happy wheniven "to read any work based on Vedic Historyespecially when it comes to a book In fact i can " read any work based on Vedic Historyespecially when it comes to a book In fact i can picky as to even resent the word Mythology attached to Vedic history and scrutinise each every detail of plot language characterisation etc in Sister of My Heart great length therefore i was very sceptical when i wasiven this book to review But this wonderful new release just took the cake for me What a Brilliant Story Narrative Characterisation merging of fiction fact Kudos Jagmohan Bhanverthe 1st part of Krishna Trilogy ROCKED Can t wait to read the next part Please read my detailed review of The curse of Brahma here I READ I FELTStory line Interesting and thought provoking the book blends facts with fiction beautifully Kansa one of the most hated characters of Indian mythology is depicted in a different light making one empathize with him Another important character in fact the main protagonist ieAmartya Kalyanesu also sets us thinking One wonders who is evil the one who s acts do not augur well for others like the Dark Lord or #The One Who Is #one who is the root cause of all troubles ie Lord Brahma in this novel The book is in fact an eye opener One realizes that neither the Dark Lord nor Kansa were evil In fact they were pure of heart It was circumstances or should I say the deeds of others that made them turn evil In short the story draws our attention to the havoc that just one person s folly or lack of control on one s anger can wreakThe story has some interesting twists and turns that keep the reader bound The chain of events also brings to light some stories hitherto unknown to many There are some portions where one can t help a smile light up the face Devaki s undying love for brother Kansa and the latter s affection and care for the former moisten the eyes at places One is forced to rethink about ones perception of Kansa as a tyrant He evokes sympathy at placesOne portion that I particularly liked was that which has Lord Shiva chiding Lord Brahma when the latter comes to him with a reuest to destroy the Dark Lord It felt real and down to earth Here Lord Brahma s position is that of the errant child We can literally visualise his discomfort when interacting with Lord Shiva Lord Shiva dons the role of the father figure who takes his ward to task but at the same time uides him and assures him that he s there to help him clear the mess that the latter has created should the situation demandCharacterization Wonderful The characters are presented with all their imperfections thus making it easy for one to relate to them their actions and thought process Even Lord Brahma the creator is not spared His anger his worries his discomfort all make him easily relatable The only thing that left me confused at times was the sheer size of the castLanguage Pace Language is simple crisp and lucid One can t help but marvel at the way the author has woven the story As the story progresses one can clearly visualize the scenes and actions unfold Pace is perfect At no point did I feel my interest wane A book very much in the mould of Amish s Shiva Trilogy so much so that it makes you "Wonder If It Was "if it was from the former From the title to the narrative to the fact that this book is the 1st of what is relatedly called The Krishna Trilogy it radiates a familiarity that we have been accustomed to in Amish s works Familiarity breeds contempt and though no actual contempt is felt here there are often times when you wonder if the attempt to put a spin on mythology by adding a human touch to it has been overdone It seemed innovative when the Shiva trilogy was first launched but not any with either Amish s Ram Trilogy or with this Krishna Trilogy I felt this particularly strongly towards the end of this story where everyone is with Vishnu and he is depicted as a rather comical enetic scientist Having said all this I do not want to belittle the author s attempt at telling what is an admittedly fairly entertaining story on its own As was said by me for Amish s latest work this Krishna Trilogy in a similar way can also serve as a modern light introduction to important characters events from Indian mythologyIdeal for a light read as a palate cleanser in between your Kafkas or Murakamis or what not Though the book is a part of Krishna Trilogy the main character of the first book is not the witty lord In steadit is the story of Amartya who was punished for others deed and transformed himself from a Brahmarishi to the feared Dark Lord it is the story of Kansa who was transformed from a noble prince to one of the most evil characters in Indian Mythology The book is about the fate and about our choices who in turn decide our fate It is a book which will arise uestion in your mindis the evil really evil Is the Rescuing Gus good reallyood It also provoke thoughts on the idea that the thing which is evil to us may not be evil to some one else The matter of ood or bad lies on one s perspectiveJagmohan Bhanver is superb in his first fiction I loved the. The man who became a BrahmarishiThe curse that banished him to the hell of hellsAnd the revenge that threatens to destroy the three worldsWhen Lord Brahma the God of Creation banishes his star pupil from Swarglok in a fit of rage he does not foresee that his decision will alter the fate of the three worlds Mortally wounded and anguished at Brahma's unfair punishment his pupil stru.
Jagmohan S. Bhanver Â 6 CHARACTERSPlagues the characters as such as #THEY PLAGUE US AND THESE FEELINGS #plague us and these feelings articulated or exclaimed with all the common phrases we use around this century This helps us to see these venerated characters of mythologies like a next door neighbor shouting out in frustration or blushing in love The book has appealed to me better than many of its kind for its linking up of unrelated threads to finally attempt to provide an explanation for certain behavior of the mythological characters and trying to expound the logic behind certain incidents I may not call this literary masterpiece but i ll definitely call this a carefully crafted work that is entertaining The success of a book is ascertained by the fact that the reader is able to visualize the story as happening in front of their eyes In this case I was transported to the era of the Dark Lord I felt every emotion that the characters were oing through acutely the anger of the Dark Lord at the betrayal faced by him the desperation of Kansa the pain of Ugrasen and much Kansa deserves a special mention here While Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story growing up I have read the Mahabharata countless times There is no other character that I hated as much as him He was the man who killed all his sisters children But after reading the Curse of Brahma I felt only sorrow at his fate A man who is an unwitting victim of someone else s machinationsThe point is that the author s charaterization is so powerful that it has been able to erode years of conditioning The book also throws up a number of pertinent uestions Is evil really evil and vice versa or is life a play of events where we are playing a part To summarize it is an intense readreat characterization and an example of classy writing If I say anything I may reveal the plot which will be a How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead gross disservice to the author Soo ahead and read for yourself for it will be time worth spent Rating 355I enjoy reading Indian mythology based stories and when I heard about this one I knew I just had to check it outThe 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 readThe Curse of Brahma by Jagmohan Bhanver at first lance looks like it is the story of Lord Krishna but this isn t the case Here we et the st It would be too early to say but Jagmohan Bhanver has done a phenomenal job in penning down this first piece of Krishna puzzle This is a very well researched and very well written piece of mythological fiction that takes you on a different journey all together Like Amish s work this is not an easy read and the author hasn t increas I have
"Been Reading A Lot Of "reading a lot of books recently and so i was wondering if this book interests me or not before taking this up I was hesitant to read another mythology especially first part of a trilogy series I am fond of Mythology from childhood and heard many stories on Ramayana Mahabharata and Bhagavatham from my father So obviously my expectation is high as I want to know something which I didn t hear in my childhood storiesAs blurb mentions this is the story of incidents and circumstances before Lord Krishna is born The story is very interesting We all know Kansa as an evil king but I was surprised to know that he was a noble person and changed by the evil power of the so called Dark Lord The writing style is very simple like Chetan Bhagat s novels and flow is easy to follow But there are many rammar spelling and punctuation mistakes in the book Characterization is very ood especially I liked the way the author shows the dual behaviour of Kansa with his mortal and asura natures The author portrays Jarasandha as very cruel and we as a reader actually hate him for his cunning plans and betrayal Devki is shown as a powerful brave intelligent and beautiful woman The portrayal of the Dark Lord Amartya is excellent Amartya is very clear on what he want to do and on whom he want to take a revenge and the purpose of everything that he plans Few points that I learned about the scenario before Krishna s birth1 Kansa Jaraasandha Chanur and Banasura are Moonrise great warriors of that time and except Jarasandha others are veryood and were changed due to the evil power of Amartya2 Story about Amartya the Brahmarshi is all new3 Never heard that Vasudev was also a skilled warrior and king of Bateshwar4 Childhood friendship between Devki and Vasudev and Vasudev s relationship with Rohini5 Details about Patal lok and its 7 levels Prominent countries coming under Mrityalok the Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi geographical information etcMy rating 45I would recommend this to readers who love mythology and also to young readers who don t have the habit of book readingsince the language is very simple to follow it will be easy for them toet into the habit of reading It is the perfect book I wanted to read on mythological history I read each and every line from the beginning with full enthusiasm The author tied me in his art I loved it I will ladly wait for the next books in Krishna Trilogy. R from a roup of deadly monsters; and the most valiant kings in Mrityulok turn over to the dark side driven by forces beyond their controlOnly one person threatens the Dark Lord's well laid plans Devki the beautiful princess of Madhuvan who is destined to Alien Alpha give birth to the warrior KrishnaWill the Dark Lord allow Krishna the person who has been prophesied to destroy him to be born. Story behind Krishna s birth a little disappointed that my favorite lord is a mere conception in the book little disappointed that my favorite lord is a mere conception in the book the book can be little tired and confusing in the long monologues of various characters Even the storyline sometimeset confusing when too many characters are iving their own perspectives But overall a fine experienceThe book can boast of its fine cover which is really catchy The price is also reasonable Anyone interested in mythology this is the book for you Jagmonhan Bhanver s The Curse of Brahma follows the
"Trail Of Recent Productions From "of recent productions from that factiously delves into the featured mythologies and legends and recasting them in an entirely different mould minting characters that are closely modeled upon the modern man The book focuses on the instances leading to the birth of Lord Krishna and unravels on a logical term the entire birth story Since eons past we have been intrigued by the logic of why Kansa in the first place allowed the marriage of Devki and Vasudev and have posed a very sarcastically logical uestion as to why Kansa allowed them to be in the same prison chamber Elders have always fumbled upon such innocent uestions by young ones and escaped finding an excuse that this is how the myth is Bhanver have in a way found a way to logically put across solutions for such puzzles and have sewed together the different shattered pieces to form a plot that satisfies the intellect and ties a considerable number of loose ends together The Curse of the Brahma cannot be said to be a re presentation of the myth or the myth through a different perspective ending up with a different conclusion But it is also notable that we et a vivid limpse on the possible life of Devki and Vasudev about whom our usual Krishna stories plays a palpable indifference to All that we know about the couple is usually from the moment of their marriage and every narration begins from their marriage ceremony and the sudden turn of fate The book ives us a very powerful Vasudev modest and entle but highly talented and skilled as a Philosopher warrior and the beautiful Devki and her dedicated love towards her brother and her lover It is for the first time ever that i read about their life before the marriage and how Kansa became the sole protector of Devki how Vasudev defended the land and for the first time i felt a deep devotion and consideration to the couple For these many years the only sympathy they earned was of being locked up in a dungeon and the horror of the parents beholding the ruthless murder of all their newly born The Curse of Brahma opened up a new area to ponder upon and ave me a fresh outlook towards the warrior that Vasudev could have been and the brave woman Devki could have been Apart from the image of a helpless and sorry couple locked up in the darkness the pair definitely wins attention and affection through this book and Kansa the usually despised character in the mythology claims a reater love from the reader owing to the manipulations that transformed him into the demon he later became We wont hate the figure as such but always from the beginning harbour a reverence and affection to the person that he is The circumstances of his birth and his manipulation by Jarasandha and the Dark Lord are the only influences that acts upon the beast that he later became I have to agree that the book have made me think twice about the asuras that puranas forced us to hate right from the beginning before seeing into what could have actually happened and why the Princes of the land turned into such brutal devils The book is simply adapting a familiar plot to reinvent possibilities and to fill in fine details into the framework and letting loose the mind to feed on the material to come up with creative images and incidents that perfectly fits in like a jigsaw puzzle and still brings about the same desired end It is only right to expect a filtered and dignified language in the book that deals with a topic that is similar to that of an epic but the writer had invariably resorted to the modern collouial tongue which lays the readers at their supine self where just a surface level reading for pleasure is intended Hence I would not claim a certain depth to the work dealing with the mythology of the land as it ought to have had dealing with such reverend a topic The book is definitely worth a reading if you intend to imagine the mythology with a fine sense of detail and with possibly comprehensible and casual demeanour for the characters The language also compliments this cause of making it a pleasurable easy read with its simple phraseologies and common terminologies not resorting to verbal ymnastics or spicing up lines with excess sprinkling of Sanskrit terms that is common to such adaptations Exchanges in the book portray before us characters similar to people we meet everyday around us with the usual worries and frustrations and the common jealousies and envies that blankets us all through our life Lust love fear anger all. Ggles to survive in Tamastamah Prabha the hell of hells In time he becomes the Dark Lord the most feared figure in Pataal Lok who swears to destroy BrahmaThe power of the Dark Lord soon begins to make its presence felt in the mortal world Vasudev the brave prince of Bateshwar becomes the hunter of Asura assassins; his closest friend Kansa almost dies while trying to save his siste.