Book Review: The Curse of Brahma (Krishna Trilogy Vol:1)

Curse of Brahma

Title: The Curse of Brahma

Author: Jagmohan Bhanver

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 375

Source: Publisher

How long it took me to read: 3-4 Days

Rating: 4/5

About: “The man who became a brahmarishi. The curse that banished him to the hell of hells. And the revenge that threatens to destroy the three worlds.”

In a fit of rage, Brahma banishes his star pupil from Swarglok. Mortally wounded and anguished at Brahma’s unfair punishment, the man struggles to survive in tamastamah prabha, the hell of hells. In time, he becomes the Dark Lord, the most feared figure in Pataal Lok, who swears to destroy Brahma

“Brahma’s curse sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to alter the fate of the three worlds. Vasudev, the brave Prince of Bateshwar, becomes the hunter of Asura assassins, his closest friend, Kansa, almost dies saving his sister, Devki, from a group of deadly monsters and the most valiant kings in Mrityulok turn over to the dark side, driven by forces beyond their control. Only one person threatens the Dark Lord’s well laid plan Devki, the beautiful princess of Madhuvan, who is destined to give birth to the warrior Krishna.”

My Thoughts: Truth be told, I have watched Krishna leela since childhood on Television. A great part of Mahabharat has episodes dedicated to Krishna leela and so far I thought all of it has been pretty done well.
However, reading The Curse of Brahma now is an altogether new start of an adventure. What makes the book so special is how the author has worked on every tiny detail of every single character. The background stories of each one of these connects the readers to each character. Even though this book has so many people playing their parts, it is the story telling that helps remember each character and their life distinctively.
I haven’t been able to stop reading due to the perfect setting of suspense that creates a force in a reader to keep reading further.

I simply can’t wait for the other parts to come. But since the author has spent time on every detail in the book, the wait sure will be worth it.
This book however, is spectacular and covers the angle to Kansa episode like ever before.

My Favourite parts in the book: I love the details, suspense and the way the words have been knotted together to make the story so gripping. The descriptions are so well done by the author, that it feels like you are reading the story first hand. also, the book cover is fantastic! I hope they do the next two covers in the same design style.

Going to stay on my Bookshelf? Yes! This book being the first in the Trilogy was mind-blowing! I can’t wait for the entire series… Worth a read!

I only have praise for this book.

Disclaimer: I do not belong to a Hindu family where the stories & Krisna bhakti runs in our blood, I do have friends and met devotees who have given their lives in Krishna bhakti & hence always have been curious of the impact Krishna has on lives of people.

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