The Deluge: A punishment inflicted on the human race by an all-knowing God, who, though not having foreseen the wickedness of men, repented of having made them, and drowned them once for all to make them better – an act which, as we all know, was accompanied by the greatest success.
- Author: Vineet Bajpai
- Reading level: 12+ years
- Genre: Fiction
- Paperback: 315 pages
- Publisher: VB Performance LLP (19 January 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8193642406
- ISBN-13: 978-8193642405
PRALAY – The Great Deluge by Vineet Bajpai is set to flood your brains with its gripping content and fierce style of writing. It is a masterpiece crafted so well that words would definitely fall short of praising it.
“Even death is afraid of the White Mask…”
1700 BCE, Harappa – The devta of Harappa has fallen…tortured and condemned to the dungeons of the dead. His murdered wife’s pious blood falls on the sands of the metropolis, sealing the black fate of Harappa…forever.
2017, Banaras – A master assassin bites into cyanide, but not before pronouncing the arrival of an unstoppable, dark force. A maha-taantric offers a chilling sacrifice.
325 AD, Bithynian City (modern-day Turkey) – Unable to foresee the monster he was untethering, an extraordinary monarch commissions a terrifying world-vision spanning millennia.
1700 BCE, East of Harappa – A mystical fish-man proclaims the onset of Pralay – the extinction of mankind. The Blood River rises to avenge her divine sons.
What happens to the devta of Harappa? Is Vidyut truly the prophesied saviour? Who are the veiled overlords behind the sinister World Order? What was the macabre blueprint of the mysterious emperor at Bithynian City? Turn the pages to unravel one of the world’s greatest conspiracies and the haunting story of a lost, ancient civilization.”
Harappa, its prequel, took the Indian Readers by surprise and dramatically made it to the list of bestsellers. However, Pralay has arrived to notch up a level higher. I am amazed after reading the story and imagination that flows through the book is stupefying.
The New World Order, the good and the evil, the devta and the rakshasa – each concept has been brought up pretty well in the book. The narrative proves it that the author has made painstaking efforts at undergoing a vast and rigorous research to come up with such an intriguing series. The mythology of the creation – the Pralay- has been described in profound words. The deluge was savage and the author managed to illustrate the development of the events leading to it remarkably.
While I was reading it, I always had to remind myself that it is purely a fictional tale. The writing style is influencing and effective that it actually casts a spell on the readers. It lures them into believing that whatever has been described has, in reality, taken place. Such is the literary prowess of the author. No doubt, the author is gifted with exceptional finesse to weave powerful plots.
The title offers a good prospect of what lies in the mystical pages of the book. It is the surplus violent emotions that bind the reader to keep reading it until the end. It is indeed a Pralay of different human emotions that this book contains so gracefully. The cover also explains the thunder, the lightning, the havoc that the sins of the humans wreaked on the Mother Earth.
Vidyut remained my favorite character. His enigma makes you fall in love with him. He is strong yet tender, powerful and weak, all at once. He does not falter as the bitter truths lingering around his existence present themselves to him. At no point, he is shaken by the dark powers, the impending disaster hovering his life. All he knows is that he is the last devta. He is half-human, half-god.
Love remains the cynosure of the narrative. Naina is head over heels in love with Vidyut. Their magnetic attraction towards each other is representative of the pure love that flows seamlessly between them. The Matthadheesh, great-grandfather of Vidyut, Dwarka Shastri loves his grandson dearly. The love of beings for wealth and power is also highlighted in the book. It is this predilection for material possessions and the lust of supremacy that culminates into the great deluge.
The language has been used with utmost perfection. Each word speaks loudly for the events happening at the backdrop. As you read the text, the scene comes alive in your head. The narrative grabs your attention, pulls you back and compels you to devour it. I was in tears when the particular incident portraying the cruel onslaught of saptarishis took place. Revenge and the vengeance fuming within you can surely make you a maniac. It robs you of your prudence and humanity ( or I should rather say divinity).
The book teaches the importance of knowledge and hints at the glory of this universe. A well-learned man Vidyut inspires us to lead a simple yet influential life. Naina propounds the essence of love. Balvanta teaches the significance of loyalty. And the book makes us learn the intricacies of the supposed history.
This book is superb in all the aspects. I praise the patience of the author with which he spun a marvelous plotline peppered with a variety of concepts, each giving us a new perspective. I am eagerly waiting for the Kashi to storm the markets.
I would strongly recommend it to every reader who wishes to immerse himself in the gore, bloodshed, violence and plenty of love and reverence. Pralay awaits you…
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