book review: The genius of Indraprastha

Author: Harshwardhan Padole

Historical mythology embedded in a fine craft of fiction and woven into an appealing chronicle series. This is part I.

The story begins where our knowledge of Mahabharata ends. The book talks about five native tribes living together in harmony in Gondwana. The Khidmatgars attack each of the tribes individually and they are now a force to reckon with in Gondwana. However the Aaryans, who are known for their valor and might as well as strategic war planning are a tough nut to crack. The Khidmatgar commander Bakht Khan is relentless in pursual of the mighty tribe and isn’t ready to rest until he conquers the Aaryans. However a genius prince of Indraprastha has vowed to disseminate the Khidmatgars from Gondwana using a secret that had been in the Aaryans’ possession since Mahabharata days. Ironically, the commander too has laid his hands on a similar secret. The story continues on the basis of the brilliance of the prince in tackling the mighty Khidmatgars.

I was in awe of the story-line as it was different form what I had read previously. I liked the flow of the plots though there were moments where I was a little confused. However given the delicate stringing of the topics and keeping in tandem with the historical significance forming the very crux of the story, I would overlook that as a reader. I would have loved to read more about the genius prince and his interpersonal relationships right from the beginning and I think there may be more mention of him in the series to come. Overall I was impressed with the way the author had treated the subject and it held my interest throughout. I also would suggest to do away with the colloquialism in the upcoming series to make it more believable and a complete masterpiece.

The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle formats.

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