Divyastra by Nimish Tanna

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My Rating: 3/5 stars

About the book:

“Thousands of years ago, Indian Yogis possessed the knowledge to obtain the weapons of the gods. However, this knowledge could only be transferred from a Guru to his disciple by word of mouth. In today’s world, one mystic, who calls himself Guruji, still possesses this knowledge and is using it to empower an innocent person’s life. Only, this empowerment could be a deception and the innocent person is a thirteen-year-old boy with a stutter… In this intertwining tale, an ambitious yet unsuccessful Shankar, in search of his identity, is manipulated to embark on a never-told-before fantasy tale; only to rediscover the father he never knew and unmask the mystical Guruji. Amidst this confounding concoction of ancient myths, deluding personas and dispersed emotions, will Shankar ever be able to separate fact from fiction and find his true identity?”

My Review:

Firstly I was so intrigued by this book’s cover, that I had to have my own take on it. Secondly, the book is great for mythology lovers especially the ones who are into Indian folklore. The book tries merging contemporary world with that of the mythological era and does a pretty much good job of it.

Divyastra is a weapon of mass destruction. With inspiration from the Vedas, the author has tried to recreate the age-old scenario where Yogis would obtain weapons from Gods. At some points, I was bothered when I saw the elements of mythology being passed off as a scientific technology. Since it is fiction, one can allow that much creative liberty. But it still bothered me. The way the book starts with a Nobel laureate talking about advanced technology in Indian scriptures reminded me of some politician’s speech in a Science conference. It was hilarious, yet cringe-worthy to a literate mind. But even then, considering the book is meant for entertainment, the way our main character’s grandfather’s stories hold such deep meaning and his run-in with the Guruji makes the book an interesting read.

The language of this book is easy to read and I liked the narration from a different point of views but then again, the book needed some editing. I found that the book was dragged in places and though the plot was strong throughout, a lot of parts seemed unnecessary. The best thing I liked about this book was the way the author presented how vulnerable people become because of their weaknesses and how they can be easily exploited. I liked the love story angle as well but was tired of it too quickly.

Overall, it is a good book and I appreciate that such creative books are being written about Indian mythology.


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