Friday, October 05, 2012

Thundergod – Saga of Vandalism, Valor and Victory

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Here is the epic tale of Indra, the King of Devas, hailed by the Rishis as “God of Thunder! Sovereign Lord of Amaravathi! Liberator of the clouds and waters! Bringer of Rains! Slayer of Vrtra! King of all Gods and men!” .Thundergod is a wonderful creation of  fascination that the author Rajiv Gopalakrishnan had for the stories and characters from Indian, Greek and Norse mythologies. 
The story is about Indra who was born of a prophetic union between the Earth Goddess Gaia and Daeyus, chief of the Devas. The prophecy of the Braega, the high priest Ishtar, the daughter of the moon is that the child born to Daeyus will unite the warring sons of Aditi and that if he is left to live he will grow so powerful that he will one day destroy the world. Orphaned by destiny, Indra grows up in the whirlpool of treachery and tribal incumbency, under the watchful warrior sage Mitra, who is designated as Vishwamitra, the Raja Rishi at the end of the story.  Mitra, brings Varuna, Agni, Vayu, Soma and Indra, all gifted boys under the Falcons group and trains them. Indra who is the heir designate wins over his tribe – Devas, in the spardhas along with his four friends and is crowned the king. Vasu who was the guardian of Indra and regent, till Indra was crowned, and his malicious son Pusan are killed and Vasu’s daughter Sachi is married to her childhood friend Indra who is now the King of the Devas. Aligning forces with his four friends and with  divine intervention, Indra, embarks on a military campaign of epic proportions stretching from the Euphrates in Asia Minor to Harappa on the Indian sub continent, encountering formidable armies, demonic beings and powerful Goddesses and loses the only woman he really loves. He slays Vrtra, the Asura and is crowned in Swarga by Manu the law giver and the Rishis just to restrain his annexation and save the world. 
This exotic tale takes the readers to lands beyond their imagination fantasized by nature’s bounties, horses, elephants and snakes. There are beautiful description of the warfare and valorous combats with swords and spears intertwined with the physical longing and urges of the warriors. The author’s research is manifested in the details of the governance and Government in those times. The illustration of  reliable and prompt pigeon Mail service and the serving of the Som potion by Soma for strength and energy  takes the readers to a different world. The priorities of the Rajas shown as  defense and progeny is convincing. 
The depiction of the feminine roles Gaia, Sachi, Mahisi, Madri, Valli and Anga showing beauty and brains for attainment of goals is really appreciative. The sincerity and managerial skills of Paras and Mitra are exemplary.                
The author merits accolades for the in depth research in history and sharing his knowledge with the readers.  This is a thought provoking novel and a must buy for all historical and fantasy loving readers.
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