The Mahabharata Code by Karthik K B Rao – Book Review

The Mahabharata Code: Yet Another Retelling of the Mahabharata, or Is It?

BY: KARTHIK K B RAO

Synopsis:

“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?”

Book Review:

I have always been fascinated by mythological books and when it comes to reading a book that is a combination of mythology and science, how could I miss the chance? The blurb itself was enough to generate my interest in the book. Based on the epic Mahabharata, “The Mahabharata Code” is narrated by the protagonist Narayan Rao who is an astronomer with NASA. Mahabharata is one epic that people love to read, discuss and interpret. This is definitely an appreciable effort by the author to present this epic as a basis of a Sci Fi story. It is definitely a bold move to experiment with this epic.

The story is quite imaginative and is a new concept where the mythological beliefs have been depicted or rather presented in a scientific manner. I liked the way the author has built similarities between the religious beliefs and technological facts.

The narration is quite plain and simple. However, the concept and storyline manage to overcome this shortage. The characterisation Srishti and Karna are done well.

The cover of the book is quite supportive to the theme of the book. However, it may not manage to attract many eyeballs at the first glance which is a prerequisite of a good book cover.

Overall, “The Mahabharata Code” is an interesting read and is recommended to everyone who like to read mythology based stories. With its own flaws and plus points, the book overall manages to intrigue the interest of the readers with its unique concept and storyline. I would have given it a 3.5 stars but going for 4 solely because of its unique theme. Go for it. You will not regret reading it.

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