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The Secret of God's Son by Usha Narayanan
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it was amazing

The cover of the book is beautiful and once I started reading the book, I got transported back to the days of the Mahabharata. The writing and descriptions are such that it was very easy for me to picturise the entire scene and the set up. Most of the scenes are set in the battlefield, with vivid descriptions. One example, "Their maces descended like lightening and clanged like thunder in a contest of will and skill".

I read the interaction between Shiva and Pradyumna five times, it was so well written. While reading the interaction between Pradyumna and Yama, I was waiting with baited breath, as to who would win. The peace time conversations between various members of Krishna’s family show the love that they have for each other. The way the family tries to protect Vajra, Pradyumna’s nephew has been described well. Maya’s support to her husband and his family has been beautifully documented.

The language is simple and the book is well paced. The extensive research done is reflected in the way the story flows and it was very difficult for me to separate the fact from the fiction. Hats off to the author for thinking on a different plane because for most of us, the Kurukshetra war ended at the battlefield.

The characters have been created in such a way that when I was reading about them, the seemed lifelike to me and the pictures of Amar Chitra Kathas that we read as kids came to life. The scene when Pradyumna and members of the Pandava and the Kaurava families see their dead ones has been written with so much of feeling, that it brought tears to my eyes.

What was surprising that even though the author has written the story in such a way that even though the story moves from one setting to another and even from one time zone to another, the writing is such that I did not lose track of the book.

Highly recommended.
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September 19, 2016 – Shelved

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