The “Good-Better-Best” of The Legend of Parshu-Raam by Vineet Aggarwal

The “Good-Better-Best” of The Legend of Parshu-Raam by Vineet Aggarwal

 

In the last January, I bought the book Vishwamitra. It was the first book that I read in the year 2015. Coincidentally, the first book I read in 2016 also belongs to the same author, Dr. Vineet Aggarwal. The name of the book is, “The Legend of Parshu-Raam”.

Dr. Vineet AgarwalWhen I bought Vishwamitra, I have no expectation from the author. It was his debut novel after all. I love reading mythology so I bought the book. Once I finish reading that book; I got a liking for this author; not only for his writing style but also the way he handled the story. Pretty impressive, I must say.

Everyone who read Vishwamitra was curious to know about the other part of the story. And here he comes with the perfect sequel; “The Legend of Parshu-Raam”.

Good Points about The Legend of Parshu-Raam

This is the story of Parshuram, believed to be the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. The Brahmin who single handedly killed all the kings of the world and he continued to do so for 21 times! So, much of vengeance; so much of anger and so much of violence; that is how everyone identifies Raam, with an axe. But that is not the case; when it comes to Vineet’s “Parshu-Raam”. He is compassionate, he loves animals, he seeks knowledge and yet he does not want to cling to the power! The author tried to analyze the psychic of the character “Parshu-Raam” in a brilliant manner. Simply astounding!

Better & Best things of the book

Majority of people believe that, the lead character of the book should appear within the first couple of chapters. So they might feel disappointed that here, the lead hero appears after half the book is over. But wait; it’s not the criticism of the book, in fact it’s the better part of the book. The story of Parshuram does not start with his birth! It started long before that. So, the author did the correct thing by putting up the scenes in the chronological manner rather than introducing the hero in the scene one and than traveling to the flashback zone! It makes the readers go with the flow and understand the story in a better way.

The main stream mythology hardly describes the character “Kartavirya Arjun”; the one who has thousand arms and who has been killed by Parshuram. The author did a beautiful ground job in recreating this character. He does not go by the traditional mythological ways and give a fair share of credit to this character. The writer also needs to be praised for the way; he has used the characters like Ravana and Ruchik. And most importantly, I appreciate the way the author has presented the caste system issues of that period.

My Review

If you are a die-hard fan of mythology and fiction; this is an apt read for you. In all true sense, you can call it Pure-Perfect-Provocative.

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