PRALAY (2017) 3/5 YE GoodMythical Thriller Fiction Rs.9 (Amazon Kindle) Vineet Bajpai [4.03/1039 ratings
So, I have completed book#2 in another mythical thriller fiction series, and this book is named PRALAY: THE GREAT DELUGE written by VINEET BAJPAI.
Lets first see who is VINEET BAJPAI. Below excerpt is taken from the book itself, and I haven’t added or deleted anything.
Vineet is a first-generation entrepreneur. At age 22 he started his company Magnon from a small shed. Today Magnon is among the largest digital agencies in the subcontinent, and part of the Fortune 500 Omnicom Group. He has led the global top-ten advertising agency TBWA as its India CEO. This made him perhaps the youngest ever CEO of a multinational advertising network in the country. He has won several entrepreneurship and corporate excellence awards, including the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. He was recently listed among the 100 Most Influential People in India’s Digital Ecosystem. Vineet’s second company talentrack is disrupting the media, entertainment & creative industry in India. It is the fastest-growing online hiring and networking platform for the sector. He has written three bestselling management & inspirational books – Build From Scratch, The Street to the Highway and The 30 Something CEO.
So, the writer is from a corporate world, basically an entrepreneur or CEO level, and that is why our hero of this series is again a CEO of a digital company. Now let’s take a look at the story covered in this 2nd book of the series.
The story starts from where it ended in the 1st book HARAPPA. In the harappan timeline, the god-human Vivasan Pujari swears to take revenge from the people of the city whom he loved and who dragged him and hunted him. In the current timeline Vidyut who is now involved in a blood game in the India’s ancient city Varanasi is trying to save himself from assassins and trying to decode why someone wants to kill him with the help of his great-grandfather Dwarka Shastri. There is a pralay (deluge) coming in Harappan time which will take everything with it. And in current timeline, Vidyut has to stop the bad guys or black tantriks from bringing the ultimate doom and end of world.
How’s the book? I got the Kindle version of this book for Rs.9 because I was very much interested in reading it after I completed the 1st book, it ended abruptly, longing me for more. Kindle version is 289 pages, so it was not a long/tedious read for me. The book was no doubt gripping and a fast read for a regular reader like me, plus it belongs to my one of the favorite genre i.e. historical/mythical fiction. But one thing I saw is on the rise amongst new-born Indian writers. They usually follow a set path. For e.g. earlier there were a huge incoming of love novels, where everyone’s claiming their love story to be different than others, whereas it was just a mix-and-match of their own stories wherein they projected a hero character out of themselves and added something in the story. No doubts, still there are many love-stories in the market by Indian writers, this rise can be attributed to a famous Indian writer and well-known Chetan Bhagat. But I’ve seen that after the success of historical thriller writers like Amish & Ashwin Sanghi (who are now a known name in India), many others followed their path and went to write in this historical/mythical thriller genre. This book also lies in the same area. One more thing which I found is their fascination with the ancient city of the world Varanasi, obviously it is so enchanting and mysterious that many normal people got attracted to it, plus it’s the biggest pilgrimage location for the Hindu religion and equally attracts many foreigners as well to its otherworldly charm.
This is my 2nd read from a different author covering the mystics of Varanasi and its inner secrets including aghori babas and tantriks. On the front of story, the book certainly took us ahead from the end of book one but content wise it seems that story advancement was not that much here as compared to the 1st book, though more secrets are revealed, and because of those discussions, maybe the story didn’t proceeded ahead. The language is pretty simple. Just like some points I found confusing in 1st book, same way I found some here as well, 1 I can put here: Matsya at one time asked Manu to build an ark to save everyone from the pralay, and just in next chapter he was okay when Manu asked him to go to the city to save people, if he will go who will build the ark, next chapter again we are back on ark building discussion. But yeah, one of my doubt from the previous book is resolved here. I pointed that in the review – about Dwarka Shastri’s mind reading power.
There is a typo at one place in the book, this book again ended abruptly, now I have to read the 3rd book KASHI. I rate this book a 3/5, do read and share your views too.
Check out my review on the 1st book by clicking on link below.