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Maha Vishnu Trilogy: Part I: The Code of Manavas Paperback – 20 Jul 2018
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About the Author
Arpit Bakshi has studied electrical engineering and has an MBA in finance from the University of RPI, Troy, New York. He now works for a prominent Indian bank. Arpit had initially wanted to pursue a career in theoretical physics, but ended up opting for engineering (as most students of science in India tend to do). Since his childhood, two things have never failed to amaze him—the vast expanse of the cosmos; and the unfathomable depth of Indian mythology and spirituality. He believes that one should never stop learning and it is his love for science that has gravitated him towards writing this mythology-inspired science fiction. Arpit is based in Gurgaon, India.
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Author's name: Arpit Bakshi
Publisher: Rupa publications
My ratings: 3.5/5
This book was the first of its kind I read. Mythology mixed with science - fiction. I really enjoyed reading this different genre but detailed explanation of detailed technological aspects made it a drag and laborious read.
The protagonist of the story Krishna lives in Madhavpur and is keen on saving the lives of his fellow manavas( a better species of humans who are living on Bhoomi since millions of years) which is under threat. He realized that Bhoomi will no longer support life so he decided to search for another which they can accommodate. He found a planet named Prithvi which has similar environmental conditions as theirs and so he decided to research whether that planet will support life. As he is busy in his research another threat lurks in the street of Madhavpur. Someone from inside his council is planning his and his whole community's fall. The rest of the story is about how he manages to find the deceiver and deal with him with the help of his most trusted friend Mohan and his uncle Shyam along with the help from his neighbor city Ayudhpur. What happens when they decide to move on to new planet Prithvi is worth reading. The last plot twist left me in complete shock. I would really love to find out more about the story in the sequel of the book.
The book's cover was beautiful. It might attract the readers. It has a beautiful picture of Lord Krishna giving an idea about the mythological genre. The title also fits the theme of the novel.
I particularly liked this line from the book. It had a deeper meaning to it that a lot of humans these days need to see. What I mean is that nowadays, all that we're busy in is using our smartphones and chatting, passing on commentary of nonsensical issues. This really gets me thinking exactly what are we doing with ourselves?
Nonetheless, philosophy apart, The Code of Manavas is the first book of the Maha Vishnu Trilogy, written by Arpit Bakshi, that revolves around a possible human living at a time when humans are immortal. However, no one can be immortal without consequences, and that is the major theme of the novel.
What I liked about the book was how each character was named after a different name of Kanha. Krishna, Gopal, Vasudevan, Shyam, Mohan—everyone was there. Why they presented different character traits was beyond me, sadly. I mean, they should have similar character traits, shouldn't they? After all, they are the same person. But according to the story, they weren't and that was a nice touch done by the author.
Throughout the major part of the book, I was concerned whether Krishna was genuine about his claims with others or was he deliberately lying, as in could he really not understand what was going on or was that all a hoax? There was some lack of words during those few pages where he had to explain his project to others. On the other hand, Radhika seemed to be a rather underdeveloped character. What she wants, what she needs, what she does—they didn't co-relate half the time. Or maybe she was just queer that way.
The point-of-view rapidly changed form one character to other, but strangely, I barely noticed it. I was busy reading and liking the book as it was. Besides, the word meanwhile added a lot more meaning to the change in point-of-view.
Another thing that I really liked about the book was how I could actually feel each emotion as I turned through the pages. It was as if, I was connected to the book in a way that I did not expect. Perhaps, that is a clear indication of how smooth and great Bakshi's writing was. The plot of the book was also rather intriguing.
In a nutshell, it was a great book and I cannot wait to read the next installment of the trilogy! If you're new to the genre of fantasy and science fiction, then you should probably try it out.