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Poems from Sanskrit translations are not many since it narrows to limited mythological ancient texts, but the author has made an effort to translate this anthology works which must be applauded. Being a complex language with different metrical forms and subtlety will be demanding to extract its true essence but no where it lagged. Each verse is filled with richness of wisdom from that period into ample of elegance and quality to stretch the imagination. Especially this poem stole my heart – “Ah, poverty, I mourn for your sad fate, so long ago you claimed me as your friend, And ever since have been my constant guest. Where will you find a home when I am dead?” by Sudraka. This shows how introspective, articulate the poet has been which reflects on the works. Try it to prove me otherwise, happy to corroborate.

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Mythology based stories are the new trends for quite a while now. This book is the second installment from the “The Pataala Prophecy” series by the author. Why do I get the feel that this book is more about the other protagonist Maya than Arjun? Because her character alone is spoken at length and makes it quite rambunctious! The rest of the characters like Raman Kapoor, Vishwaraj and Shukra leaves theirs imprint and room for curiosities. The visual representation of tapovan was similar to Gandalf accompaniment with Frodo in “Lord of the rings”. This novel is surpassed with a hope that at least the third installment surprises me with thorough characterization coverage.

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I am reading this author’s book from the “Mahabharata series” apparently this one is no different. The author knows how to keep the narrative engaging by adapting the characters from the Hindu mythology.

There is a huge resemblance between this story and Harry Potter series. For instance, Gurukul is a replica of Hogwarts school and the groups in it such as sadhs, nagas, sangha and asuras are like mud blood, half blood, order of the phoenix and death eaters! Although the story enacted differently, most of it settles in the similar trends. Amusingly, I find it entertaining for adapting the Indian historical facts. As a first installment this book invokes the interest and provokes for the second offerings!

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I admire Ashwin Sanghi books for its mythological inputs and the content alone speaks volumes of fictionalized facts. But coming to this book, the author had tried to present a dystopian look that jerked up hastily at the end. That’s because the character gets too slime and nothing much to offer. I wonder if the story was done as a prelude as the total pages sits on 38! The explanation of five dimensional space feeds the scientific minds and serve as food for thought. Hope it had many such wisdom and the length was decent enough to cut for a short story! Kind of disappointed with the size.

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I have become an ardent fan of Ashwin Sanghi books and completed 3 of his books from Bharat series within this month. His details to historical artifacts, folkloric and semantic is reverential to some of his works. The latest book trumpets on this count and have been bowled over again by the veracity of the content. By taking the true political scenarios such as doklam issues, foreign trades and adapting further is inspirational for the new creative writers in terms of content development. And this is what Ashwin has proposed in here and had given his best shot. I am proud to be a mere hawker of this great book. 😉

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