Title: MATSYA – The First Avatar
Series: Dashavatar (Indian Mythology)
Genre: Mythology Retelling
Author: Sundari Venkatraman
Source: Kindle Edition provided by the Author
Lord Brahma is highly disturbed
Vedas are stolen from him the moment he goes to sleep at the end of the kalpa. It’s Asura Hayagriva who’s gotten away with the sacred scriptures.
A culture without mythology is not a civilisation. – VS Ramachandran
Such true words. This is no hidden truth that since time immemorial, mythology has been deeply entwined with the cultures of various regions of the world. I believe that these mythological tales provide such beautiful panorama of the culture of that region. These mythical stories are as old as the early civilizations.
With the passage of time, these tales traveled all around the world. They were passed down, orally or in writing. Their forms changed but their core remained intact keeping the faith of the people within.
These tales have acted as the connection between an adult and the child; strengthening the roots of our beliefs towards the almighty and being the cradle of life’s most important lessons. However, at present times, these tales are being forgotten by the younger generations.
Through these retellings of Indian Mythology, the author aims to revive the interest of the young readers towards these tales.
The book is about the first of the Dashavatars of Vishnu. As per the Indian Mythology, the Trinity controls the cycle of life in this whole universe. Brahma- the Creator, Vishnu- the Preserver and Shiva- the Destroyer. The book tells the story about the event when Lord Vishnu incarnated on earth in the form of fish, to save the Vedas and humankind.
This is a very famous Indian mythological tale. I had heard and read about this story during my childhood. Reading this book made me feel nostalgic. As told earlier, the author has focused on the younger age group readers. She has retold the story in simplest of ways with easy vocabulary. Although the target readers are kids it is definitely enjoyable by every age.
The language is crisp and precise. If seen with the point of view of a child, the adequate length of sentences, with minimum usage of commas and semicolons, ease their understanding of the story. The pace of the story is smooth and steady. There is a consistent turn of events within the story at regular intervals which helps in gripping the reader’s attention.
The story is well balanced. As the author provides information about – how the days for humans and gods are different; how the ‘kalpa’ ends and begins again; the time period of various ‘yugas’ and their traits, she makes sure to not go overboard and make it confusing.
The short read about the first incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is bound to make a connection with the readers of every age. A mythological tale retelling which is refreshing and leaves you spellbound.
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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 16 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening
in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.
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