- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books India (16 December 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143423452
- ISBN-13: 978-0143423454
- Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Vineet Aggarwal is a doctor by qualification, manager by profession and artist by temperament. Born in a family of doctors, he successfully completed an initial stint with the family occupation before deciding to venture into pharmaceutical management. He pursues writing as a passion and is an avid travel photographer as well. His literary repertoire extends from politics to poetry and travel to terrorism but his favourite genre remains the amalgamation of science and mythology. He is the author of the popular online blogs Decode Hindu Mythology and Fraternity Against Terrorism and Extremism. He has previously written Vishwamitra. This is his second book.
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स्नपयसि पयसि शमित भव तापं
केशव धृत भ्र्गुपति रूप जय जगदीश हरे
You bathe the world, whose sins have been destroyed and whose afflictions of existence have been allayed, with the waters mixed with the blood of the Kshatriyas. O Keshava, You who have assumed the form of Bhrigupati, O Lord of the world, victory be unto You.
– Jayadeva’s composition
Vineet Aggarwal’s Legend of Parshu-Raam chronicles the genesis of the warrior-Rishi Raam. The book is a sequel to his earlier one, Vishwamitra – The man who defied Gods (I had liked that a lot as well. My review pending). The rise of Vishwamitra to the pedestal of Brahmarshi is one of the early examples of Varna ‘transgression’ that was also blessed by the gods (albeit after continuous testing). The emergence of Rama, the Bhargava as the warrior can be seen as a converse ‘transgression’ which in fact got the world rid of the tyrannical rule of wayward kings. In a way, I see it as a negation of hierarchy (if any) and hailing the action of ‘rising to the occasion’.
Coming to the book, Vineet draws from the Puranic version of the story where the destinies of Vishvamitra and his nephew Jamadagni (consequently passed to Jamadagni’s son Rama) were determined by the magic potion concocted by Maharishi Ruchik. In contrast to a lot of popular retellings, the author sticks to the Puranic plot while successfully chiseling the character sketches, narrating their journeys and visualizing relationships. Being a woman, I liked the way character sketches of Satyavathi and Renuka were conceived and presented.
For the full review, visit: http://saiswaroopa.com/2016/02/28/book-review-the-legend-of-parshu-raam-by-dr-vineet-aggarwal/
I always felt like Parasu Ram hasn't celebrated the same status as that of Ram and Krishna..It's good to find a book related to the wielder of Siva's own ax and research author has done will add extra nuggets.
It's a simple read,flow is continuous and can complete in 2-3 hour sitting if you're an avid reader.The background plot before the birth of Parasu Ram is quite good and the transformation of Arjun from Good to Bad is quite believable and portrayed in a realistic fashion.
This character Ravana never ceases to amuse me each time I encounter,he'll be throwing new information/lesson in any form of the works.
The fusion of mythological elements with science is the biggest good I can take from this read.
The Legend of Parshuraam methodically retraces his life beginning with a perspective of how things had shaped up in the generation that ruled prior to him in Nabhivarsh (older name for the Indian subcontinent). The book also beautifully highlights the softer elements of the man who is best known as a killing machine.
It is a layered story with a series of subplots each delving into the human psychology and the complexities that emanate from people trying to manipulate others to get their way. It explains in a subtle way the unknown ramifications of a series of binary choices that people are faced with and the outcome that leads them to paths they would not have imagined in their wildest dreams, akin to the butterfly effect.
Feel proud of Dr Vineet Aggarwal and feel happy to know that he has matured beautifully as a writer. The earlier book Vishwamitra has been a good warm up to this staggering feat, the future classic (fingers crossed): The Legend of Parshuraam.
Kudos Doc & cheers!!! :)
I think the best part about the book was that you really want to know what's going to happen next, but you can't increase your pace or skim through some lines, because the research is not just shown in the overall storyline, but also in small, day to day things in between, like, for example, the feast. I had the opportunity to talk to the author about it, and found that every little thing mentioned in the book is based on research.
The genre isn't the same as Dan Brown's, but the research is certainly as top class as his. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, because this isn't based on any of the cliche characters of Hindu mythology, and this book surely added to my knowledge. But even for those who would probably not enjoy the characters or the story, the research will impress you.
So couple the story of a unique, and legendary character of Hindu mythology paced appropriately, to say the least, with excellent research and the book is an easy 5-star.
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For such a powerful character, the story telling was far from satisfactory. It was more likely me a news report.Published 6 days ago by Bela Raja
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