Genre : Sci-fi
Theme : Indian Epic re-telling
The summary :
“The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here.
As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa’s scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention
My thoughts :
The book was wonderfully written and it is a re-telling of the legendary Mahabharata . Or an odd version of the same .
Mahabharata code is literally a sci-fi version of the Indian myth Mahabharata . I really liked the way the author put forth his logical views of the society , religion and the old ways . The book has a lot of philosophical thoughts in it , it makes you think . It also promotes , not too much , the fact that god is but one worshipped in various forms .
I didn’t like that the book kept calling the people on the other planet ‘simpletons ‘ . That irritated me because you know something that others don’t doesn’t make you a genius . They might know things that you don’t know . Though the book unfolded well , I skimmed over a lot of parts . The book stands nowhere near the original epic .
I usually enjoy re-tellings so much . But this book was just throwing out the Mahabharata itself in a different way . Yes , I agree that it would have required some effort to think up science connection to every act , but does the plot ever change ? I mean , I already know Mahabharata . I know what is going to happen , no matter that this is a sci-fi version of it . What will make me turn the page ? I found myself skimming over a lot of parts though the book was written in an attention catching way . A court of mist and fury is a re-telling , but does the tale being re-told tell you anything of what will unfold next ?
Despite that , I do think the book is really amazing . People who don’t know the myth will probably get more of a read than people who know it . But I also think this is for anyone who loves re-tellings of Indian myths and see the depth of the Epic
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway