Plot synopsis[ edit ] In BC, Indian emperor Ashoka finds a hilly cave with an astonishing secret. He also removed the Vimana Parva chapter of the Indian epic, Mahabharata , from its written transcripts. In present day, Vikram Singh, an Indian nuclear scientist, is murdered at his fort in Jaungarh. Before his death he sent four cryptic emails to his nephew Vijay, who with his business partner Colin, childhood friend Radha and her father, linguist Dr.
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Apr 21, Soumyabrata Sarkar rated it did not like it This was utter disappointment! The novel feels mediocre to me, even when I try to give it a fair chance and see it as a debut one.
The characters are not given enough space or time to build up. The English used is okay, but even after a really-great beginning, the story-line is very weak. The author emphasizes more on clues and how to find them, laying stress on the This was utter disappointment! The author emphasizes more on clues and how to find them, laying stress on the edicts and pillars Ashoka built throughout his empire. The ending though was okay, and I felt a warm smile lighting up my face at last.
There are many loopholes and irregularities too in this novel. I am mentioning some of them to let you a glimpse of the blunder the author resulted in: 1.
The Vimana Parva de-coding really irritated me.! It would contain much more information, apart from that. It was illogical to erase the whole chapter only for that. There were much more disastrous weapon in the great epic.
If the use of such weapons were to restricted to the ordinary public, then perhaps all the Kurukshetra episode would have been deleted. From the current Mahabharata, we come to know the name of various weapons, yet their usage and technology are not known to us and one only hear rumors about them. Also if Ashoka came by such weapon, he is likely to destroy that, and not preserve them with utmost care, and left them in the secrecy of the guardians, because he himself destroyed many of his dangerous torture chambers and hugely damageable weapons that he thought may be used by the future generations, when he turned from "Ashoka, The Terrible" to "Ashoka, The Great".
After his death, the pandavas released the 99 other kings of Magadha region and crowned his son Sahadeva the king, who then fought with the rest of other freed kings from the side of the Pandavas, not Kauravas.!! The protagonists were sometimes acting like buffoons. They were being kidnapped and attacked again and again and even after they came upon important knowledge about the danger they are in, they are never act as if they are bothered about their own safety, or even the security of the knowledge.
The author have researched enough and it is really a great loss to see that go in the drain. The author though promising, was unable to sew the different threads altogether to boost this good-enough potential story into a great read. Hope, he comes with more-analysed works in his future novels. I would recommend this only to people who are not familiar with the genre of conspiracy thriller or thriller based on religious or mythology. People familiar with works of Dan Brown, Ashwin Sanghi etc.
The Mahabharata Secret
The Mahabharata Secret by Christopher C. Doyle