Divyastra by Nimish Tanna (Book Review)


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  • Genre: Fiction
  • Source: Review Copy
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 233
  • Publisher: Wordit CDE
  • Publication Date: January 9th 2019
  • My Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads Blurb

Thousands of years ago, Indian Yogis possessed the knowledge to obtain the weapons of the gods. However, this knowledge could only be transferred from a Guru to his disciple by word of mouth. In today’s world, one mystic, who calls himself Guruji, still possesses this knowledge and is using it to empower an innocent person’s life. Only, this empowerment could be a deception and the innocent person is a thirteen-year-old boy with a stutter…
In this intertwining tale, an ambitious yet unsuccessful Shankar, in search of his identity, is manipulated to embark on a never-told-before fantasy tale; only to rediscover the father he never knew and unmask the mystical Guruji.

Amidst this confounding concoction of ancient myths, deluding personas and dispersed emotions, will Shankar ever be able to separate fact from fiction and find his true identity?

My Thoughts

The book starts with the prominent Dr. S. Vyas, a Nobel laureate in Physics talking about how things we believe to be products of advanced technology were present in ancient Indian scriptures. He talks about the three divyastras and other brilliant weapons.

Shankar is an IT employee. He goes back to his hometown when an unfortunate event occurs. His grandfather tells him a story about Indrajit, a 13-year-old boy who keeps to himself. He gets lost on a school trip to a national park. There, he encounters a Guruji and has some strange experiences. Shankar’s grandfather’s stories had a much deeper meaning which Shankar discovers later.

The plot is interesting and well structured. However, it was over-the-top for me and felt a bit ridiculous.

The narration and writing style of the book keeps the reader engaged. The book is fast-paced and suspenseful. I couldn’t see where it was going, and the ending surprised me.

This is the kind of book that may appeal to only certain readers. It was a miss for me.

If you have an interest in celestial weapons and Indian mythology, I would recommend this book.

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