Here’s my take on Yama by Kevin Missal
A violent saint… A man who claims he is Yama, is punishing sinners by killing them according to the twenty eight hells described in the Bhagavat Gita. Who is he? What does he want? Is he a vigilante or a psychopath? A delusional hero… Iravan Rajpoot, an Ex- Black Cat Commando with a dark past is receiving letters with names and time limits. It’s no sooner that he learns about the intended victims than they die within the mentioned time frame. An ambitious reporter… Swati Kaushik, a widow and a woman who can do anything for success, must team up with Iravan to stop the God of Death and Justice.
A 90 chapters’ book, Yama packs in a well put mythological thriller in short chapters.
As the cover shows, Yama is a man who is coloured black, has red fiery eyes, and a helmet of horns on his head. According to the story, Yama punishes people for their sins . . . but there’s a different punishment for every sin that the sinner commits.
The story starts with the description of the brutal punishment of Yama where he is seen torturing a sinner. Heading ahead, Iravan Rajpoot comes into picture where he is seen attending psychological sessions, and the story unfolds then.
Iravan Rajpoot starts getting letters with ‘Find the hell to his sin and the sin to his hell’ inscribed on those, and eventually he finds out that some people who have been committing crimes are being found dead around the city.
As an Ex- Black Cat Commando and Ex-Army man, he decides to find the man behind the fiasco – Yama – and with the help of his nephew, Vardhaan, he begins the hunt.
Failing to save lives of some people, he finally understands the meaning behind the encrypted quote, and searches according to the thinking of Yama.
The story then heads ahead with several twists and turns along the way, and is well studied and thoughtful, rather, different. The author deserves an appreciation for the same.
The story though framed in small but many chapters, has a drawback of abrupt endings. Some chapters are ended abruptly, which feels like an incomplete narration.
Also, amidst the read, a reader can clearly notice the baffles of present and past tenses. When reading, some prose suddenly go into past tense for a while and come back to present, which is noticeable and may irk a reader. Not to forget some minor typos.
Happenings are quite smooth and fast paced; but in the middle of the story a reader can feel the story being forced or slow paced. Though the author has managed to keep the storyline intact and the curiosity piqued.
While proceeding towards the climax, the story becomes quite predictable. The author seems to have rushed everything to end the story on a good note, but while doing that, he leaves some questions unanswered, abruptly, yet again.
2.8/5 stars from my side.
Yama is heroic, is a villain, stays secretive, stays in spotlight . . . and behaves contradictory. That is what Yama is. And he and his actions are portrayed brilliantly.
Yama by Kevin Missal provides you with a good mythological thriller ride, with some awestruck moments amidst the read, but the drawbacks in the story might turn the reader off. Overall, a nice read, if you are not much bothered about the editing part.