Sunday, October 2, 2016

Book Review :: ‘The Secret Of God’s Son’ by Usha Narayanan

Genre: Mythology
Publisher: Penguin Metro Reads

Blurb:
'The seas will devour the glorious city of Dwaraka. People will forget your name and your Gita!
May the world perish!
May the world perish!'

With this cruel curse on Krishna, Queen Gandhari plunges mankind into the unspeakable evil of the Kali Yuga.

It is up to Pradyumna to try and reverse the dire prediction. To journey into terrifying realms, confront Yama and Shiva, and to vanquish the Kali demon. And to do so, he must shed all that holds a mortal back-his arrogance, his fears, his baser instincts . . . He must lead his people out of the swirling vortex of greed, disease and misery.

And there is one powerful weapon still -- the secret surrounding his origin. Will he uncover it in time to fight off the cataclysm? In the answer lies the destiny of all humanity!

My Review:
I have read Usha Narayanan’s first book, ‘Pradyumna - Son of Krishna’ and immensely enjoyed it. This one is second in the series. While the first deals with the birth and beginning life of Pradyumna, this one tells us the story post the Kurukshetra war. An avid mythology reader knows Mahabhartha, so the unexplored life story of Pradyumna after the war and the revelation at the end is fascinating and entertaining.

As we know that Queen Gandhari had cursed Krishna and his clan for his role in killing of her hundred sons; especially Duryodhana. Krishna humbly accepts a mother’s ire and his destiny and returns to Dwarka with whatever is left of his army. However Pradyumna is not ready to accept the bitter end for his father, his teachings and his disciples.

Pradyumna tries to bring back Vikarna from the jaws of Yama to placate Gandhi, and succeeds, but Gandhari had lost her powers to reverse the curse. The story gets all the more fascinating as Kali, the king of evil forces, becomes powerful and threatens the existence of everything pure and good. At the precipice of war and doom, the Secret is revealed, which makes the story a mind boggling.

Ms Narayanan is an accomplished storyteller which is evident from the various successful books, and in this one too the messages and philosophy of life has been expertly imparted through conversations between Lord Krishna and his subjects. The author has interwoven various other mythological tales in the main thread making the narration all the more interesting.

The messages from Gita has been explained in the simplest terms, as well as the pitfalls of leaning towards the evils of our generation have been expertly dealt with. I, particularly, loved the way women have been portrayed in the book. They are powerful, strong and work along with their men-folks towards the betterment of society.

A highly recommended read for all Indian mythology fans.



















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About the author

USHA NARAYANAN

Usha Narayanan had a successful career in advertising, radio and corporate communications before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of The Madras Mangler, a suspense thriller, and Love, Lies and Layoffs, a light-hearted office romance. The Secret of God’s Son is the sequel to her bestselling book, Pradyumna: Son of Krishna, which was published in July 2015. 

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Praise for Pradyumna: Son of Krishna

Usha Narayanan has taken a quantum leap . . . to the outright spine-tingling narrative from the leaves of a time before. This book is Indian writing coming of age" Femina

"Like the best of our mythological tales, this too, is a multilayered one . . .There is valour, there is cowardice, there is glory, there is shame, there is sex, lies and deception" The Hindu

"This engrossing tale takes readers on a mythological saga" Times of India


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