Book Review: The Mahabharata code by Karthik K B Rao
This is the best time to be a fan of reading Mythology. Every other month, there is a new book adorning the bookshelves under the Mythology category.
The Mahabharata Code comes as a whiff of fresh air, in the sense that unlike the other books of this category, it is a fresh new take on the Mahabharata.
Narayan Rao, a NASA astronomer is an intellectual, in addition to being drawn to mythology and religious aspects of life. He journeys to a mysterious planet Prithvi Lok where he encounters strange happenings, leaving him unsure how to react.
NR is welcomed by Vyasa, and the retelling, rather restaging of the epic story begins. Modern technology is interwoven so seamlessly in this ancient story, the reader of today finds they answer his rational questions on the events that took place in the ancient Mahabharata.
Philosophy meets science, and an intriguing book is born.
The author successfully draws similarities between myths, beliefs and the technological and scientific knowledge.
Do not, I repeat, do not pick up this book if you are looking for a book to breeze through while you surf channels on TV or with the radio buzzing in the background. This book opens itself to you, draws you right in, confuses you and makes you scratch your head for want of more clarity in the words you just read.
Slowly, as you move on, The Mahabharata Code really opens itself for you. There is clarity and all that you read till now begins to make sense as you finally can visualize the big picture in your mind.
Maybe because the subject is quite vast, the number of sub-plots might overwhelm the reader. The characters are well developed and the language is simple and easily readable.
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