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Pralay: The Great Deluge (Harappa) (Harappa Series) Kindle Edition
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‘Vineet Bajpai…India’s answer to Dan Brown…’ – Hindustan Times
‘Vineet…has taken the country by storm…’ – DNA --This text refers to the paperback edition.
‘Vineet Bajpai is undoubtedly the new literary superstar’ – Times of India
‘Vineet Bajpai…India’s answer to Dan Brown…’ – Hindustan Times
‘Pralay…a tour de force of a book.’ – The Week
‘Vineet…has taken the country by storm…’ – DNA--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Pralay is a fast-paced novel that is not set up in a particular place. It revolves mainly around Harappa and Benaras- the two names of the cities which have a great historic importance and instantly take you back in the past. The characters have been well described and fit well with the flow of the story. Vivasan Pujari and his turning into an evil man have been well described. Saptrishi and Vidyut are the other characters that have played important roles in the progress of the story. The story with all these characters and concept can be labeled as the perfect blend of mythology, history, and thriller.
The plot is amazing and it deserves applause for such intense thoughts. The title is apt for the story. The narration at some places is amazing and makes the readers actually visualize the events that are happening in the story. However, in the middle of the story, the narration becomes slow in some instances. Some events were described too much which made the story a bit slower. The cover is good but it could have been better. The font on the cover broke the beauty of the graphics on the cover for me.
I recommend this book to all the mythological lovers.
Cover- 3.5 / 5
Title- 4 / 5
Narration- 4 / 5
Plot- 4.5 / 5
Overall- 4 / 5
+ Perfect sequel
This sequel was equally interesting and gripping as the first book. The book starts with a recap of the first book and pretty much summarises everything in just 3-4 pages. I don’t want to give spoilers for the first book, but the second book starts right off from where we left Vivasvan Pujari and Vidyut.
Similar to the first book, the plot goes in various timelines. Actually, I felt that there are more timelines going on simultaneously than the first book. The story starts from Harappa civilization of 1700 BCE and stretches to present day Banaras. In Harappa, Vivasvan Pujari is fighting through his last moments while his son Manu is on the journey of finding the Black temple. In the present day, Vidyut is still getting all the knowledge about his past and future from his great-grandfather, Dwarka Shashtri, and simultaneously fighting the demons.
Each of the timelines is connected so well, that you won’t find any disruptions while reading. You would automatically turn up the pages to see the references and how the storyline is folding and is connected all together. Though I have to admit here that the book does get a little boring in the middle for a few pages when there was a lot of history, but soon it regains the twist and turns.
Along with the heavy plot, Vineet Bajpai has successfully incorporated other themes like love, betrayal, politics, science, Indian mythology and other facts.
+ Characters stood out
We saw Vivasvan Pujari at his highest glory in the first book. It shows how he changed after the betrayal and his whole transformation from Devta to Demon was something to look out for. I really liked those dark moments of his characters. In the first book, we saw only a little part of Vivasvan’s son Manu and I am glad that he was in the center of the story in the second book. His journey to the Black temple and meeting to the new people to save the humanity and all of those gory details were really interesting. We saw how much he was influenced by Matsya and this indirectly refers that what a devotion to God can do to a man.
Vidyut, same as the last book, was enchanting and smart. I really hated his moment with Naina though. I don’t know why it was important to incorporate into the story. Vidyut is now more ready and confident to fight with the present day demons and is willing to fight every fight by the side of his great-grandfather. The other side characters like Balvanta, Sonu etc. were written well as per their parts.
+ A large amount of research
I love how Vineet Bajpai does all this research. That was the main thing that stood out for me in the first book and it was in equally appealing in this part too. All those things about Harappa, Constantine, law, and order and other stuff just amazed me. It was often hard for me to distinguish between the fact and the fiction. The way in which all of those things have been written, make you believe that those facts are actually real. This series definitely intrigues me read more about the lost Harappan civilization.
I loved all the details about the dark magic and Tantric vidya which was later used in the story. In India, we have heard these stories about Aghoris and dark magic from our childhood, but to actually read about them was really terrifying. I don’t know if in reality the dark magic exists or not, but for even a little time, Vineet Bajpai’s writing will make you believe it.
Though I loved a lot of these descriptions, I do feel that a few of the context were really not necessary. As I mentioned earlier, the book gets little slow and boring in the middle. This is because of the whole extra information. The things like the history of BHU (Banaras Hindu University) and other places were not at all needed. Then there were so many pages explaining how the current world technologies and devices were already present in our mythology all those thousands of years back and are written in our scriptures, way before the western world discovered it. I don’t think that the mention of Indian mythology Gods was required here. That extra information only extended the length of the book.
+ The ending is full of surprises
That final scene of the book was definitely a surprise for me. I didn’t see it coming and I loved it. All that stuff that Vidyut and Dwarka Shastri fell into was something unbelievable. I hadn’t seen it coming. But the final scene from Vivasvan Pujari’s timeline felt somewhat disrupt. It could have been better.
Vineet Bajpai left me hanged for the second book after that fantastic ending in the first book and now he has left me hanging again for the third book, with that end.
+ Final Thoughts
Pralay is definitely darker and more intense than Harappa. I really enjoyed reading it overall, but there was definitely too much going on and sometimes it was hard to wrap up my mind around all those events. But still, it is a gripping sequel. Vineet Bajpai has done an incredible job of world building and writing. And that end was something to look out for. It was really a surprising end.
I can’t wait to see how this story concludes in the final book of the series Kashi: Secret of the Black Temple. This series is definitely a must-read for all the lovers of historical fiction. It is full of drama, action, and adventure and you won’t regret reading it.
The plot opens with the story so far and takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of mystery, passion, conspiracies and devastation!
Spanning different places on the globe including Harappa, Benaras and Bithynian City ( modern day Turkey ) and different centuries from 1700 BCE to 2017, this gripping tale is bound to engage and enthrall the readers.
The story continues after Harappa and talks about rise and fall of pujari ji. Various secrets including ancient secrets of ancestors of Vidyut are revealed.
The narration is extremely vivid and the readers could imagine the scenes unfolding effortlessly in front of their eyes. Language is lucid and grips the readers throughout. Moreover, the characterization is strong and gives the readers a better sense of the tale!
However, towards the middle of the tale, the book suddenly slows down and it's pace turns slow, making it difficult for the readers to continue. Also, at times it becomes difficult to follow the storyline as the description becomes too much tangled and incoherent. Later, as the tale proceeds, the enthusiasm and pace returns.
The major disappointment happens to be a third part in the tale, leaving the readers hanging at the edge of a cliff and craving for more!
I found the cover bright, flashy and attractive, hinting at the thrill and suspense contained in the book. The blurb is indeed well written, neither revealing too much nor containing the excitement within itself. The title is catchy too and tries to give away the essence of the tale.
Overall, an interesting, difficult to put down tale!