Book Review: Divyastra -by Nimish Tanna

Book Blurb:

Thousands of years ago, Indian Yogis possessed the knowledge to obtain the weapons of the gods. However, this knowledge could only be transferred from a Guru to his disciple by word of mouth. In today’s world, one mystic, who calls himself Guruji, still possesses this knowledge and is using it to empower an innocent person’s life. Only, this empowerment could be a deception and the innocent person is a thirteen year old boy with a stutter…
In this intertwining tale, an ambitious yet unsuccessful Shankar, in search of his identity, is manipulated to embark on a never-told-before fantasy tale; only to rediscover the father he never knew and unmask the mystical Guruji.
Amidst this confounding concoction of ancient myths, deluding personas and dispersed emotions, will Shankar ever be able to separate fact from fiction and find his true identity?


The first thing I noticed about the book cover when I took the book in my hand, was the use of ‘astras’ (weapons) placed cleverly to make the lines of a ferocious face. I was definitely intrigued.

‘Divyastra’ is the second novel of Auckland based Nimish Tanna, after his first novel ‘The moments of truth’. The book delves into mythology like no other; needless to say, it’s a terrific mythological fiction. Being a mythology fan, to read this genre was a treat to my brain cells.

Dr. S. Vyas, a Noble prize winner in Physics, talks about the then advanced Divyastras and scriptures in ancient India. From here, the story begins. There are three parallel stories in the book which when converge, make you understand the intellect of the author. This book is a perfect amalgamation of mythology with Science and technology.

The story revolves around Shankar, a not so happy employee. His life takes another turn when he returns home to see his ailing father and discovers a bewitched tale from his grandfather. The tale that leaves him puzzled enough to contemplate it further. Other characters like Indrajit and Guruji equally carry the story forward. What happens next is a saga in itself.

I definitely liked the storytelling of the author, his complex narrative style and sub plots gave character to the narration. The inception of stories within the plot made the book more alluring. The book is fast paced and keeps you engaged. I particularly liked the use of certain sanskrit-vedic words which gave a cutting edge to the storyline. The book seemed well researched and worth a read. Though, characters could have been developed further.

It was interesting to read the ending of the book; does deserve a sequel, I must say.

If you are looking for an entertaining read which incorporates mythology, fiction, adventure-thriller, then this is the book you pick. It is not a very complex book and can be read by a beginner too.

Book Information:

Pages: 233

Language: English

Genre: Mythological Fiction

My Rating: 3.5/5


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