Indian mythology is vast and to understand it one needs to dig deeper. If one dives into this ocean of knowledge, he/she is sure to find astounding information, a treasure trove, that which can bring out a revolution in our times. Be it the plastic surgeries, nuclear weapons, aviation, Indian mythology mentions all of this and more. In the book The Hidden Hindu, author Akshat Gupta explores the concept of the 7 immortals or chiranjeevis that are glorified in the mythology.
The story takes place in 2041, Prithvi is in search of Om Shastri, an Aghori. Prithvi remembers all about the events that took place way back in 2017 when he wasn’t even born! He then reiterates the story of Om Shastri’s capture. Om Shastri is a Mrutyunjay, the one who has won over death. He is guarding the secret that is nothing but the secret to elixir of life. He has lived many lives and few of them include the names like Vidur from Mahabharata, Vishnu Gupt or Chanakya. He has donned many identities in centuries gone by. He is searching for the other immortals, namely Pashurama and Ashwatthama. He claims that Subhash Chandra Bose was infact Ashwatthama. What’s the truth behind Om Shastri’s theories?
This plot is quite simple. Narrated lucidly with an understandable language. One can zap through this book in no time. It is dialogue heavy but a sure treat to the readers. While the change between the scenes evoke a knee jerk reaction yet one can easily get the hang of the story. What got me hooked to this book was the mention of Subhash Chandra Bose and linking him to Ashwatthama, the wounded warrior Prince.
The amalgamation of history and mythology interspersedwith science, and exploring the mythical gaps, is what’s incredible about this book. The only glitch however is that presentation could have been better and the tenses kept shifting. But nonetheless it makes for a great read.
Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
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