The vengeance of Indra
Book 3 Vikramaditya Veeragatha.
Author Shatrujeet Nath
Like I mentioned before book 2 and book 3 came together. The books were so absorbing that I read it one goes without bothering to make noting for blog. The only reigning thought was that it was to be a trilogy, however to put the entire story across he would need at least two more books. Well Shatrujeet promises a four book series. Though my own assessment he will require to make it a veeragatha with six volumes.
“The Hellfire and the Halahala two things that the Asura and devas have always hankered after, but to no avail. How it must gall them to see both in the possession of the human being. I am not in the least bit surprised that Shukra Acharya and Indra set aside their differences to plot Vikramaditya’s downfall.”
The 2nd book ends with
- Kalidasa leaving Avanti.
- Yaksha’s targeting Vishaka.
- Shukra Acharya and the Deva’s put their differences aside to face the common enemy Vikramaditya and his nine pearls, not to mention the powerful, abundant federation of Sindhavarta.
The book reveals the various challenges in the space of Samrat Vikramaditya. For Shukra Acharya the preceptor of the Asura’s has found a way to break the council of nine that safe guard the Halahala. The devas and asura’s have worked a truce to fight the Guardians of Halahala. Then there are subplots of Vikramaditya’s sister scheming to have her son crowned King, she seeks the Samrat’s approval for it. Her son Ghatakarapara however has been kidnapped. Then there is Vararuchi who is dealing with constant rejection from Queen Mother Upashruti. The nine pearls fall out for various reasons.
There are some allusions that come across like the story of Vararuchi being belittled by the Queen mother is very similar to the story of Dhruva, the introduction of Urvashi as Pralopi’s maid seems like a hint towards the more famous episode of Vikramorvashi. Vikramorvashiyam was a play written by Kalidasa on the Romance of Vikramaditya and Urvashi.
As the book progresses the nine pearls accept their uniqueness this kind of strengthens it.
The author makes some very interesting observations
- When is refereeing to the skill of Ghatakarpara create stuff, he refers to the ability to visualize to precision before creating something.
- He talks of the Huns entering the Sindhuvarta since they were facing drought and Sindhuvarta was the land of plenty
- The mother oracle talks of the Danavas in the danka-aranya who were ousted by asuras.
As the book ends, the mother oracle warns that the sun is on the wane and great eclipse is on its way to devour the sun. The Huns are out to get the ghoul master who is also the keeper of the Halahala. Indra the King of Devas reveals a secret that is devastating to Queen Mother Upashruthi and Vikramaditya.
Vengeance is a cage, Forgiveness is Freedom ~ as Shankubala realizes and Jayanta is yet to realize.
The series are really interesting, and am looking forward for the next book. I only hope Shatrujeet will not succumb to the temptation of overloading the book 4.