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The year is 2050. The place is the Dharmic Republic of Bharat. It is ruled by a secretive Sangh and watched over by the gods of the pantheon.

Now, a Drohi rebel has made his way to the Central Temple and seeks an audience with the gods.

What he does there will change the Republic...

The sub-continent...

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Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought why such a short tale this is - when I initially eyed it up as Vimoh released it on insta. But after reading it at one go, I am feeling that only this much of mind numbing hit I can tackle. Darshan offers scary-but absolutely plausible scene from the future. It makes you stare at distant horizon while all the words from headlines jumble in front of eyes, gathering to make one word that is in trend now: Bharat.
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Darshan feels like a promise. Part of it is a cautionary tale about the big brothers in our society. Part of it dips in the vast reserves of Indian mythology. Part of it delves deeply into science fiction and leaves a Westworld feel to it. Part of it feels like cinema (if you have read it who know the part I speaks of). In its whole it is well written and worth the read.

Great work by Vimoh. I do wish it was longer though. The world he has created deserves much more.
Mradul  Dubey
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
What do you pray about?

You may think why does it matter. But, it just might. Because the Gods are young and naive. And what you pray is what you get.

To be fair, the nature of prayer making has become more methodical and narrow. You have to be part of the due process and your request explicit. The monitoring does not help. But, whoever participates in the process gets what they asked for.

The only problem is "Not everyone prays at temples." And before the lost reader of this review assumes that

May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved this unabashedly Indian sci-fi story. Especially enjoyed the crisp storytelling that draws on India's rich mythology and its disturbing present to craft a cracker of a story. Gripping to the end. ...more
Manish Bhatt
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An amazing story by Indian fiction and comics writer Vijayendra Mohanty, it mashes sci-fi with the political zeitgeist of our times. 50 years into the future of India, it is ruled by a Hindu theocracy with the help of techno-virtual Gods. An atheist (adevist) rebel tries to hack the system, and stumbles upon some surprising revelations.
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cracking good short story - I really enjoyed reading it! This short tale sets up a world way deeper than the brevity of the story suggests, or would warrant. It has potential for more tales to be told in it. I took one star off the review only because it is brimming over with exposition - too much of a good thing perhaps? I'm not sure I needed so many riddles or obscure references in the prose. They aren't hard to figure out if you think about it for a minute, but the act of doing so distracts ...more
Abhijit Dey
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A short but gripping sci-fi story, Darshan creates a world that you'd want to explore further. However, it manages to give you some major glimpses of the fictional dystopian future where the reader is free to imagine the rest. As you progress, the sense of mystery keeps you going until the end as you come across the final climax. This is definitely a good read for those looking for a dystopian setting in India. ...more
Anuj Sharma
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this short story!

Was blown away with the plot twist and the surprise reveal.

I went into the story with a very different idea about the plot from what I read in the synopsis but then when the suspense was revealed it was exactly opposite of what I expected and I came out shaking my head! Quite like the protagonist in the story itself!

And you know that a story is awesome when you end up highlighting a paragraph even from the Author’s Afterword !!!

Always a delight to read / hea
Ankit Jha
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mythology, sff
Darshan is an epic story which makes you want more from the world. The imagination is outstanding, and is one of the lost interesting settings I've read in 2020. ...more
Aravindh C.
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars

I went in without much expectations for this short story, thinking this would be another clichéd dystopia. Like something out of Leila.

By Krishna, was I wrong.

The author paints a compelling portrait of India in the future.

A country ruled by a mighty Sangh (RSS?), and watched over by virtual Gods, where people pray to improve their credit scores, and where only a few Drohis (anti-nationals?) question the system.

The main character, called the Citizen, is a Drohi who seeks an audienc
Anam Naqvi
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
What got me interested was the straight dive into the realm of fantasy with an undertone of the country's political scenario and what it could become. It was not so far removed from reality either, with face recognitions and credit score based on your behaviour in the Dharmic Republlic, already occurring in some mounts in the world. The flow was smooth and vivid, allowing one to imagine further. A person who doesn't know anything about Hindu mythology might need to take a crash course, but the w ...more
Raj Anand
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
DARSHAN – ‘An opportunity to see or an occasion of seeing a holy person or the image of a deity’. That is at least the meaning explained in the dictionary. But more than that, DARSHAN is a true reflection of the world we find ourselves immersed in. This is not a work of Science Fiction, anymore.


We have lived for centuries, immersed within a palimpsest of histories - carefully layered. But those layers have withered away – stolen! The only layer that remains is but one – so cho
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fresh take on religious dystopia.

The Dharmic Republic of Bharat, a dystopian version of India set in 2050, is a very original setting. It speculates on the role of religion in governance from a different perspective. It raises questions about how valid the wisdom found in religious texts is and are they truly immortal?

The story is not too long but it tells us a lot about the world it's set in, it's history and it's future. It is by far one of my favorite works of Indian Science Fiction. I hop
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Vimoh's short story is a haunting reminder of times to come, in light of the current political situation in India. Darshan is set in 2050 India, a techno-virtual utopia controlled by a religious faction. A rebel citizen tries to break into the system, wanting to know about the controllers of the Republic, but instead stumbles upon unimaginable, hard hitting truths. In a few pages, the author shows how we must open our eyes and inspect what our beliefs really mean to us, and how we act in the nam ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had picked this up expecting a linear tale of discovery, struggle and then victory, of good over systemic evil.
Well, this isn't it. You want to feel happy, pick up The Singing Mermaid (it's great for kids!)

You want to see a possibility of where we're headed, and how we could mess up even our sole chance at redemption, then this sci-fi short story is for you.

Be scared of the inevitable failure of human beings trying to defend their free will, dignity and rights, -- OR -- be inspired to char
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chiling, but an important read. Economy of length without compromising on imagination. Takes very little of your time, but a lot of your thoughts/mindspace for sometime later. So you go back to read it again (or at least I did), as with most good writing. Leaves you wondering - about the past, the present and the future. Also leaves you wanting to read more. Fiction that has a politics of its own is always a pleasure to be introduced to. Please read it and ask others to read it, too. Am off to e ...more
Anshita Koul
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great combination of religious dystopia, sci-fi, and interesting segues to vast Indian mythology. This is a well written short and I was intrigued till the end. The wordplay around citizen aka Drohi and vice versa was quite interesting and relevant for the times we live in.
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everything you can ask for in a short story.. it's crisp, surprising and action packed. The author packs a lot more in a few pages than you'd expect. Interesting read. ...more
Anjana Easwar
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Febin Mathew
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Much like the cover promises, Darshan truly is an Indian science fiction story, and that's what I love best about it. It's an audience with the future, and is well established within the Indian milieu without ever losing its pace (the casual asides to Doctor Who and Star Trek notwithstanding). It put me in mind of Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny, but with one rather fantastic twist that really makes you pause to think. Sticks a knife in, then waits a while before twisting it. Thoroughly enjoyed i ...more
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Vijayendra Mohanty co-created the comic book series Ravanayan and the video channel Epified. In the past, he has worked on projects like Gyan's World and Northern Song.

When he is not wandering about in imaginary worlds, he reads books and writes on topics like media, culture, and creativity.

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