Review: The Mahabharata Code

Author: Karthik K. B. Rao
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 🍫🍫🍫🍫


"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?"

Cover Review: 

The cover is beautiful. It's a starry space with earth and a peacock feather embedded in. It's dark and beautiful. I love it!

Book Review: 

The Mahabharata Code is a sci-fi version of the classic Mahabharata tale, with the same characters, same circumstances but totally different things!

The bow Arjuna picked up was actually embedded with a biometric sensor that'd only unlock with the touch of a Pandava brother and Kunti had a calling device that had a contact list full of the sky Gods' numbers!

The writing is hilarious, full of creativity and an awesomely crafted alter-version of the old, real Mahabharata (which to be honest is a bit boring!) 

Though sometimes I got confused about which planet is which, but it was too entertaining to give up over that small flaw!

All in all, The Mahabharata Code was entertaining, interesting and totally worth the time! 

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