Harappa – Curse of the Blood River, Vineet Bajpai.

If you love mythological and historical-fantasy books, this is definitely right up your alley. This book is the first in a series of books written by Vineet Bajpai. In the first line of acknowledgements, the author thanks his closest companions – books. You will realise how true that is when you read the book. The book is thoroughly researched, brilliantly written with well-crafted characters.

The story describes the events that take place in four different timelines and 4 different locations – 1856 AD Barrackpore, 1578 AD Portugal, 1700 BCE Harappa, and 2017 New Delhi. Chapters mostly shuttle back and forth between Harappa, 1700 BCE, and the present day Banaras.

The book follows the story of Vidyut Shastri, the protagonist, a young entrepreneur from Delhi. He gets a summon from his 108 year-old great grandfather who is now in deathbed. He goes to Kashi(Banaras) and learns the secret of a prehistoric curse. A curse that can plague mankind towards its own extinction. His presence in Banaras has put his life in harm’s way. People want him dead.

The author then takes us to 1700 BCE, Harappa. We follow the story of Vivasvan Pujari. Hailed as the Surya(Sun) of Harappa, he was a divine phenomenon. He was the last devta ever to be born on planet Earth. Occult practices, betrayal, love, revenge leads to the destruction of the greatest civilization.

We know that a certain European institution that fears the worst sends an assassin to kill. But we aren’t sure about what they are trying to hide. Since it is part of a series not much information is given about the antagonist. We will have to wait for the next book to find out. (I’m dying to find out more!!!)

Each chapter is short, and the narration is gripping. The author has described Banaras so beautifully that you will definitely want to visit the place at least once in your lifetime. Vidyut’s conversation with his great grandfather were enlightening. The way he explains things doesn’t bore you. We get to learn a lot about Hindu religion, Indus Valley Civilisation, Harappa, etc.  Few quotes were really an eye-opener. Like,

 “In Sanatana and Hindu dharma, women represent the Goddess Herself. And the Goddess bows to no one. We bow to Her”.

You will want to know more about all that’s mentioned in the book.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. If you’re looking for a quick, easy, historical fiction, then definitely pick this one. I’m eagerly waiting for the second book. I recommend this book to everyone.

My Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Publisher: VB Performance LLP
  • Release Date: June 9th, 2017
  • Pages: 316

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