Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The New Dewtas : The Rise of Rudra by Suraj Kothiyal - A Review

I recently got a copy of this book from the writer himself Suraj Kothiyal for a read and review.

On the web you can find him at https://surajkothiyal.com/.

Author - Suraj Kothiyal
Publisher - Leadstart Publishing Services Pvt Ltd (2018)
Pages - 222 pages
Price - 249/- INR

The author, Suraj Kothiyal, hails from Dehradun with his family roots belonging to the Himalya region. He has done his schooling from Dehradun. He has done his mechanical engineering and his MBA in marketing from Maharashtra. The blurb and sample chapters can be found here - https://amzn.to/2AuZmEb. You can also have a look at the book trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVzrBuJzt2I

This book is inspired by a popular folklore in Bali that talks of a Hindu saint namely, Maharishi Markandeya, who came to Bali from India and introduced Hinduism on the scenic island.

Moving on with the review: 

When i first heard of this book, the first thought that I had in my mind was "What!! Another book on Indian Mythology". I must say when I picked this up for a read I was of the opinion that this book may just bore me with things that I already know or donot want to know more about.

But nada! It was not to be and kudos to Suraj for writing on Indian mythology but setting this in another country altogether - Indonesia. I was pleasantly surprised by the whole setting of this up. As I started to read, I found myself trying to skim through pages to quickly get to the next and the next page to find what happens next. This is one book that will grow with you and make sure that it is unputdownable till you finish it.

The chief protagonist of the book is Neer.  He is the head priest of the Himalayas. On Ganga Maiyya’s behest, he embarks on a journey to the doomed island of Bali. His reaching the island is when the book picks up a steady pace and is literally unputdownable from this moment on.

You can predict the ending to some extend, however the journey to the end is fairly enjoyable.

I would certainly encourage people to go and read this book  As always, you read, you decide. My final verdict: 4 on 5

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