Review of the book “Divyastra”

Title: Divyastra

Author: Nimish Tanna

Publisher: Wordit CDE

Genre: Fiction, Mythology

Page Count: 233

Published : January, 2019

Rating: 4.5/5

BOOK 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 VIEWS:

The story revolves around Shankar, a highly ambitious man, who is in search of his identity. He has just lost his father, and currently residing with his mother and grandfather. One night, Shankar was not able to sleep and was lost in his thoughts, when his grandfather showed up and decided to tell him a story, just like he used to when Shankar was a kid. This story wasn’t just a fiction and revealed plenty of secrets about his father, that Shankar was unaware of.

On the other hand, we are introduced to Dr. Vyas, who gives a speech on “The Future of weaponry” in an auditorium. He gives knowledge of various facts about science and vedas, and also about Divyastra, which according to Vedas, are mystical celestial weapons that can cause massive destruction on Earth.

This book is a perfect combination of mythology and science, along with an element of thrill. The storyline is unique and enthralling. Each page of the book is full of succinct descriptions, and dialogues that never felt strained. I read this entire book within one day. I could not seem to put it down.

The cover is quite intriguing and enough to catch a reader’s attention. The title is apt.

The story is fast paced, and can be easily read it in one go. The language of the book is quite lucid, and easy to comprehend. There are some vedic words which one might not understand, but there is a list of such words at the end along with their meanings. The writing style of the book is mostly informal , which makes it easy to read.

The progression of the story, how the characters developed with each other flowed very well. The characters in the story narrated by Shankar’s grandfather are so beautifully described that one can actually visualize them while reading about them.

One thing I didn’t like about the book is that the middle of story seems somewhat dragged. Some parts of the story were completely irrelevant to the plot. Otherwise, the story is gripping with unexpected twists and turns.

I recommend this book to admirers of mythology and sci-fi.

About the Author:

Having authored his debut novel ‘Moments of Truth’ in 2014, Nimish has managed to juggle the pressures of his full-time work commitments, migrating to a new country and starting life all over again in order to find enough time to complete his second book – ‘Divyastra’.
Nimish has been invited at various colleges & institutions viz. IBS Mumbai, ITM Business School, K.J. Somaiya college of Engineering, Vidyalankar Institute of Technology, Ruia College of science, Fazlani Altius Business School etc. to interact with students and share his insights and experiences on motivation, leadership, presentation, communication and creative writing.
With active interests in, camping, hiking, movies, and herpetology; Nimish is currently learning the art of screenwriting.
He is happily married and currently works with a leading media giant in Auckland, New Zealand.
www.nimishtanna.com

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