Book Review – Krishna Series: The Beginning by Kapil Dabur

Are you into reading mythological books? If not. Now is the right time to pick up the fascination for this genre. The advent of retelling is magical. The authors pick up some part from the epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata to develop it into a good lengthy work that looks like an artery from the main source but sounds inquisitively interesting. 

During school days, I was limited to mythological stories through fun books such as Amar Chitra Katha, etc. As I settled with this genre I begin realizing the intricacies a mythological novel houses. It’s not just about a plain story; rather a mythological novel has to have many different qualities to make it a good mythology book. Some of these qualities include a well-told story, interesting characters, and a rich and detailed setting. A good mythology book should also offer readers a new perspective on the world and the creatures that inhabit it.

Do you want to know what happens before the rise of Krishna in Mahajanpad? I am not talking about Mahabharata. I mean there is time for retellings that consider the spell of Krishna on earth, the war Mahabharata came quite late.

Kapil Dabur’s novel ‘Krishna Series: the Beginning’, narrates the hustle bustle of Mahajanpad before the birth of Krishna. Even though he is born and lives in Gokul community, the scions of Mahajanpad scout around for a clue as how the karmic law cycle set by the lord Rudra broke. This novel is lollapalooza. It introduces such events, state of mind, kings like Kansa, and much more which was never covered in any TV series or novels.

Let me tell you affront, the novel is not about Krishna. However, people in that time and in Mahajanpad search for him. They are divided internally but kept united outwardly by veterans like Vashistha and Vishwamitra. There are a lot of things that cook inside? Better to have your share of story by picking up the book.

The beauty of the story lies in exploring the personality of Kansa; in fact, this novel is dedicated to him only. Maybe he is going to be the forefront enemy of Krishna in upcoming books, thus, the author sketched him profoundly. Tough to believe but he was a good guy up till he loses his wife Rati and sister Putna.

The language of this book is simple, so anyone can easily understand it. I really liked how the author represents Kansa’s character transformation in simple words. Editing work was very remarkable, and paper quality was good.

Overall, the portrayal of pre-Krishna era is rendered brilliantly. Throughout the pages, strong viewpoints are given, and stimulating conversations pique the reader’s interest. It was a pleasure to fall in love with each of the characters because they were perfectly written and all were developed in the novel in an honestly charismatic way it ends at a place that has aroused my interest in what will come next in the subsequent parts. I recommend this book to all mythological lovers.

If you liked the review and are inquisitive about the novel, kindly pick up your copies from Amazon/Kindle.

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