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Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Guardians Of Karma by Mohan Vizhakat

Title:The Guardians Of Karma
Author: Mohan Vizhakat
Publisher: Srishti Publishers& Distributors
Date:  2013
Price: Rs. 250
Pages: 328

The Review: Mythology is an ever interesting topic for all readers. And, when it is India – mythos take a different level altogether. Far from the path-breaking western novels – the Indian paperback is riding on the hoopla of its own golden heritages. From the days of Rozabal Line to The Oath Of Vayuputras – from Ashwin Sanghi to Amish – the fictionalization of our mythology has never gone wrong. It has opened a new arena to explore. And, extending the arena to a further edge – Mohan Vizhakat comes up with an exciting blend of mythology of pre-Vedic and science and spiritualism.

The author here comes up with an incredible blend – fantasy, sci-fi and action. He takes us to 10500 B.C.E. – levels and continents covered with ice mostly, there were two dominators – The Dev Lok and Daityan Empire. Basic differences of East and West were established by these two. While one believes in spirituality the other is more inclined to brute force technologies. And, the aggressive Daityas went on for invasion. The exotics of Amaravati and Atalantapuri were depicted with care. The novel takes a thrilling ride across the era with a never-seen-before approach. The author put forth an indirect analogy with pre-Vedic advancement in India and Greek folklore.

The pace of the book goes perfectly with the genre and fits in to the style of depiction. The language is lucid. The vocabs used are simple. Actually, when we ride on a journey that takes us to an unknown or remotely known world – we create images based on the stories we heard and beliefs we have. In this book, we miss the essence. The narrative was more like a thriller than a mythological fantasy. The depictions were more of lucid than definitive. And, the charm never takes to the peak. It remains an attempt – not an example to follow. May be it was to blame was the language because otherwise the plot was unique and unputdownable.

The author deserves respect for his attempt. The book is unique of its own way and has many things to offer. He never let the plot go loose. The fantasy novels are a rare in India – and it a gutsy attempt. And, taking a step ahead he attempted to illuminate the logic of accepted wisdom behind the eastern beliefs. Though it is not the first – time being done, but the way of depiction is far more mature this time.
With sequels a tradition – both in films and paperbacks, the sequel of this book is expected in some time. And, unlike many, this has the utter potential of becoming a worthy franchise.

Overall 3.5 stars on 5.

About the Author:

Mohan Vizhakat is a senior management professional stationed at Bangalore, India. The author s keen interest in the rich heritage of Indian mythology helped him weave together this intriguing story which attempts to connect spirituality, science, philosophy and action. He is now in the process of writing a sequel to this book.

This book is reviewed by Sankha Ghosh:
Sankha Ghosh was never born in that 'City of Joy', never dreamt of being a banker, never watched a Godard, never loved Kafka, never fell for that Solitary Reaper, never danced on a friend’s wedding, never fought for human rights, never had a crush at college and never ever aspired to work on a novel! Never was he as simple as this! #He wishes

I thank Srishti Publishers for a review copy.

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