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Dharmayoddha KALKI- an avatar of Vishnu…

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Kalki by Kevin Missal
  • Author: Kevin Missal
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Kalamos Literary Services LLP; First edition (24 September 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8193503309
  • ISBN-13: 978-8193503300

The world is created by the supreme power, the Almighty, with utmost love and generosity. The universe that accommodates several beings of all castes and creeds is vast as the heart of our creator. It contains all the virtues-good and bad. The Dharma and the Adharma, the black and white, the dark and the light, the good and the evil- there always exists opposites that attract. No grey shade is visible in the universe. Both the extremes compliment each other; they are dependent on each other. Actually, the Dharma needs to have an upper hand over the Adharma or else the mayhem will embrace the world. Therefore, Fear now for he is coming…!

Blurb

Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an upsurge in unrighteousness, at that time, I take birth again.
– LORD GOVIND.
Born in the quiet village of Shambala, Kalki Hari, son of Vishnuyath and Sumati, has no idea about his heritage until he is pitted against tragedies and battles.
Whisked into the province of Keekatpur, which is under the fist of Lord Kali, Kalki sees the ignominy of death trumping life all around him. He learns that he has been born to cleanse the world he lives in, for which he must journey to the North and learn the ways of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar; from an immortal who wields an axe.
But trapped in the midst of betrayals, political intrigue, and forces that seek to decimate him, will he be able to follow his destiny before the Kaliyug begins?

Review

KALKI by Kevin Missal is a mythological fiction spun meticulously and intelligibly. Kalki is an avatar, an incarnation, of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is considered to have taken many rebirths each time the evil spirit had tried to outweigh the kindness. The book is primarily focused on its protagonist Kalki and his journey of discovering himself as the savior of the world. This book is centered around the obstacles he faces, the agony he underwent to emerge victoriously.

Summary:

Kali wins the war against King Vedanta and takes possession of the Indragarh. He believes in establishing peace and harmony amongst the manavas, yakshas, danavas, and nagas. His prime motive is to bring a sense of collective belongingness amongst all the tribal communities. Another story runs parallel to this of that of Kalki Hari. He is an ordinary village boy until a day comes when he meets a clumsy drunkard who makes him believe in his enormous strength and potential. As Kali falls prey to some vicious disease, his sister Durukti seeks to invade Shambala and capture the Soma caves that shelters an elixir, a magical potion that can create and even destruct. With an inevitable invasion comes the destruction of Shambala that destroys the peaceful lives of many people. The reckless battle killed people and their hopes for better lives. Durukti gave the bluish nectar to his brother who is cured of his disease but becomes weird, a kind of terrible weird. He recovers and makes a comeback, for the worse. Kalki is tortured in the dungeons of Indragarh. His brother Arjan, his friend Bala and his guide Guru Kripacharya rescue him from getting into the realm of death. The constant bloodshed, the political rivalry, the conspiracies wreak havoc on the lives of different people. Kalki moves to the North for a purpose he is born and destined to fulfill.

Cover and title:

It is a well-known idiom that the first impression is the last impression. The book has been designed magnificently. The cover is so tastefully carved out that the reader instantly feels an urge to pick up the book and give it a read. The impression of the character of Kalki expresses his fiery nature. His built is suave and intimidating. The different shades of vibrant colors have added a mysterious aura to the book. The text is also engraved fabulously. I sincerely believe that a book is judged by its cover and my belief has been proven right ever since I started reading Kalki.

The title is completely appropriate in accordance with the focus of the book. The novel revolves around the rise and fall of Kalki. He is depicted as the protector of Dharma. His life has been described along with his companions, friends, love, and foes. Kalki who is a human representation of Lord Vishnu is born to drive away the Adharma, his sole purpose is to restore faith and peace in the world that is chasing negative spirits. The shining sword of Kalki as illustrated on the cover is symbolic of his valor, charisma, his mettle to fight against the odds, his insurmountable strength, his hidden potential and his ferocious spirit.

Theme:

The book is based on the life of Kalki. His downfall and his accession are its core. He is the one who shall bring about the victory of good over the evil. And this is what the book is all about. There are battles, bloodshed, mayhem, the rise of the evil spirit, the political propaganda, the desire to catch hold of power, corruption, betrayal, jealousy, love, possession that have together wreathed the plot of Kalki. I would like to mention here that the author has done a lot of research in writing this story as it is evident from the quality of content. The book apparently emphasizes on embracing challenges and keep on striving ahead as you have a bigger and greater purpose to fulfill. It shows the benevolent and humble Kali turning into a malevolent and hostile demon. Such is the impact of the nectar brought from the soma caves. This book is not just about the claim to power and superiority, an enigma lingers around the narrative. An air of mystery wraps the beautifully articulated game of power.

Characterization and plot:

The author has made visible efforts in formulating each character of the book. The development of the story goes hand in hand with the conceiving of every character. The narration is spellbinding enhancing the intellectual aspect of the book. The plotline is indicative of the literary prowess of the author. His hold on language and expressions kept the flow of the book smooth and intact. The language is flawless and impeccable. There is a proper coherence between the sequential events imparting aesthetic touch to the novel. My favorite character was undoubtedly Kalki who represents bravery, selflessness, purity of heart, sharp acumen, a strong personality, love, respect, and an unrelenting desire to rise despite all atrocities.

Setting:

The book has been set in ancient times but holds an equal relevance to the current scenario. The filthiness is prevalent in status quo similar to the Kali who is portrayed as Adharma in previous times as depicted in the book. There are political disruptions, disturbances, tricky games and an inclination towards pulling down the other one. The prostitution is still practiced where a woman is not considered anything more than an object of mere pleasure. The betrayal of your loved ones hurt you the most. This is also underlined in the book. Yet there are examples like Ratri, Lakshmi, Padma and Durukti who are symbolic of a woman’s power. They are well read, brave and ready to face all the odds. They are tough nuts hard to crack. And still, they are full of love and compassion.

The description of tribal communities has added to my knowledge. The book encompasses all the necessary ingredients to become a bestseller. It is amazing in its approach, expression and outstanding in its overall appearance. Here, I would like to point out that there were few errors, perhaps typos’, that rendered hindrance to my reading. I would suggest properly editing and proofreading the material. Rest, the book is fantastic and stands out in the league of its lackluster contemporaries that are primarily inclined towards romantic stuff.

Kudos to the author for gifting us with a marvelous reading that is going to be one of the precious gems of my bookshelf. A masterpiece for a bibliophile!

Overall rating: 4.7/5

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Kalki by Kevin Missal

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