Book Review: The Mahabharata Code

Book: The Mahabharat Code

Author: Karthik K Rao


Genre: Mythological Fiction

Pages: 191 pages


“The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here.

As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa’s scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?”

About the Author:

Karthik Rao is a 32-year-old software professional based in Bangalore. He lives with his wife Sushma, parents and two little sons Kaustubh Krishna and Raghav Krishna aged four and one, respectively. He says that he gets to meditate close to three hours every day on his bike, thanks to the notorious Bangalore traffic. His hobbies include following cricket, Indian politics on the social media and Indian mythology. He also plays plastic ball cricket with his sons.

The Cover:

I would say very apt for the book. Stands true to the story and concept and pleasing to the eyes.

My Review:

It’s a modern day Mahabharata. So much so, that it’s Krishna playing on a tablet. If you liked Mahabharata and are a fan of mythology, this book, please do not miss. Even if you’re not, please do not miss. It’s so well written and a well crafted story, that I would say I have never come across, let alone read a story of this kind or level.

The story is the winning part of the book. The genre and concept-mythological fiction, I mean wow. A genre which has been explored before, but this one, is one of a kind. I fall short of words for praises for this book. I loved it at every level. Everything is so well woven. Karthik B Rao, I feel like standing up and clapping for you.

The writing style is technological, interesting, and well crafted.

There is never a boring part in the book. The protagonist is intelligent, wise, humorous all at the same time. What more do I say? I guess read the book for it’s pure genius. I strongly recommend this one to one and all. If you miss this, you miss a really, really good book.

I am going for a 4/5 stars for this book.

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