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Book Review: Supercop of Aryavrat by Mithilesh Kumar

Title: Supercop of Aryavrat

Author: Mithilesh Kumar

Publisher: Authors Upfront

Genre: Historical Fiction

First Publication: 2019

Language: English

Setting Place: Ancient India

Protagonist: Shri Krishna

Antagonist: Kansa, Jarasandh, Shishupal, Kaal Yavan

Major Characters: Shri Krishna, Balram, Yashoda, Radha, Rukmini, Satyabhama, Panchali, Sandipani, Yuddhishthir, Arjun.

Narration: Third person

Book Summary: Supercop of Aryavrat

Due to the curses of Durvasa and Gandhari, Yadavs of Dwarka are killing each other at Somnath. Krishna and Balram rush to contain them. But no use. Frustrated, Balram walks in the sea and takes jal samadhi. Krishna is devastated; he lies down in the nearby forest and remembers past events.

He finds Yuddhishthir extremely selfish, ambitious and egoist and laments being the latter’s pawn. For that reason, he did not find time even for family, and his son through Jambavati, Saamb got so spoiled as to rape one of his Assamese wives. Also, due to his prank of posing as a pregnant woman, Durvasa curses him that an iron bolt will come that will finish all Yadavs of Dwarka.

Yuddhishthir got Krishna so involved in his affairs that even after the great war, he had to stay back at Hastinapur, face Gandhari and get cursed.

Then his mind moves to some pleasant memories and when he is about to finish the eternal act with Radha, Jara’s arrow pierces his soul. Due to profuse bleeding and the poison of the arrow he dies at 2-27 PM on February 18, 3102 BC.

Book Review: Supercop of Aryavrat

Author Mithilesh Kumar shows Krishna’s some of the unknown qualities, but he also shows Krishna as human. He’s capable of love. He’s deeply conflicted. He has a sense of humor and a gentle side. We see him growing from a privileged child to a sensitive teen to a young man struggling to balance his personal feelings with the expectations of an entire country.

Krishna’s life story starts from Narad’s curse to Kansa and the reason for the curse, then the imprisonment of Vasudev and Devaki. As seventh child Balram is born and a year later on July 19, 3228 BC at 11-50 PM Shri Krishna is born. Vasudev smuggles them to Gokul where and later at Vrindavan they grow up. At Gokul Shri Krishna meets Radha when he was just seven while she was his senior by five years and already engaged. Both grow up together at Vrindavan.

At sixteen he kills Kansa. Then he gets Guru’s son, Punardatt released from Vaivaswatpur. After that countering the moves of Jarasandh and his allies attacking Mathura, he leads Mathura populace to Dwarka and on way, kills Kaal Yavan. Then he kidnaps and marries Rukmini and latter one-by-one, the other seven principal queens.

He plays an important role in the swayamvara of Panchali and gets stunned at the greed of Yuddhishthir to share her in the guise of Kunti’s innocent words for distribution of alms. Then with the help of Satyabhama he kills Narakasur in Assam and gets Jarasandh killed by Bhim at Rajgir. Then the story moves to the Raajsooya yajna of Yuddhishthir and killing of Shishupal and later, of Shaalv to the exile of Pandavas to the Mahabharata war and the curse of Gandhari.

If you’ve read the Mahabharat, you know that the story will have a tragic end, but it’s also strangely uplifting and hopeful. Reading Supercop of Aryavrat put a new light on this ancient story. It was like watching a really good interpretation of a Shakespeare play. You think you know the story, but you’re surprised to find how many layers of new meaning can be brought out by a smart production.

Krishna’s mission in Supercop of Aryavrat is to cut through the legend of the hero and show us the mortal side of god. He doesn’t want the pompous metaphors and flowery hyperbole of a war epic to bury his other qualities — his tenderness, his insecurity, his honesty and lack of guile.

This novel proves both pious and human. Turns out all that arbitrary God-logic can make for some delightfully absurd situations when forced into the modern world. And all the petty plotting fuels real human feeling when the author writes the manipulated mortals with skill and compassion. The plot, pacing, tension, and expansion of the world were all done really well. The climax was a lot better done than many similar genre books, but I’ll let that slide. Highly recommended for sheer emotion and character development.

Buy Now: Supercop of Aryavrat by Mithilesh Kumar

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