Here’s my take on Kaliyug: The Secret Plot by B.S. Sarwagna Kumar
If you think humanity has lost its meaning, greater darkness is on its way. What could have happened in the past that made our present to be in this way? And how would our present society demolish the future to crumbles? This is war; war between the first devil, and his nemesis…war between religion and divinity of ‘spirituality & knowing’…war between cruel hearted and kind ones. This is the war of KALIYUG. An army consisting an axe, a sword, a horse, great wisdom, and the remains of a dead child, is coming to slay the first of evil, and his minions. Pick your side. Good, or evil? Respect, or rape? Kindness, or cruelty? Come join Kaliyug’s secretive battle with its twisted secretive plot!
Split in two parts as whole, the book starts with the glimpse into the Yuga mentioned in Hindu mythology.The beginning first part comprises of the birth of the Kaliyug and the incarnation of Lord Vishnu – Parashuram, and his significance in the story, including the Ramayan and Mahabharat. The story first revolves around Jamdagni, one of the seven saptarshis of the constellation, and heads ahead with a fast pace.
The second part includes a collection of short stories dependent upon the Hindu mythology yet again, from different times – from Kaliyug. The second part then heads ahead to let you know what happens with Kali – the time lord of Kaliyug, and the role of Lord Vishnu’s incarnation – Kalki. To know the instances, one have to read the book.
The whole concept is based on Hindu mythology, and as the title mentions, it is the story of Kaliyug, The Secret Plot signifying the plan rinsed for his defeat. The cover of the book is appropriate to the title and the story told.
Coming to the narration, the narration is understandable, is fast paced when the book starts, but gradually slows down with the turning pages. Widely based on the happenings in the Hindu mythology, the narration fails at some places to approach the conveying of the story. The battling scenes are done pretty well, but are not up to the mark. The book doesn’t have much twists and turns, maybe because of the portrayal of the factual mythology and cause of the latter part of the book which focuses mainly on the portrayal of short stories, and might bore the reader.
The language used is breezy, and the editing is excellent as well. Some of the sequences are narrated brilliantly and hold the power to move a reader.
3.2/5 stars from my side.
The book is well written, well researched, well narrated as well; but the storytelling could have been crispy. This book is a must buy for the lovers of Hindu mythology, though it might disappoint you if you pick it up for a casual read. Overall, a nice book.