I would love to echo a thought that many of the others have already echoed: Read it and enter a beautiful journey.
Indian mythology offers us so much, and yet we have always scratched the surface to suit a certain audience, and probably because the makers are not intelligent enough to comprehend anything beyond the surface. That is why, books like ‘Slayer of the Kamsa’ by Ashok Banker have remained unpopular, although highly respected.
Yet, here’s this book, I Am the 10th, by D.R. Downer, that more than just scratches the surface. It goes deep, takes a part of mythology, plays around with it, brings it to present, and creates something that isn’t simply a khichdi, but a fine tale of the Navruts and Kal.
I have read about the research of the author in various interviews, but haven’t really understood the madness to know this years’ old cult and how to link it with the present. Dan Brown does it so well, and Dan Brown and Deep Down (er) kind of look similar too. (Don’t mind, my jokes are as poor these days as a majority of the world).
The story revolves around Sarah, a happily married woman who, through twists and turns in the tale, goes back in time as far as 300 BC, when the 9 Navruts were formed. What are these Navruts? Where in 300 BC? How does she go back? Why does she go back? What knowledge does she bring? I would gladly answer the questions if I would want to be the subject of the next crime thriller by the author for revealing too many spoilers.
Also, it is written so beautifully, and the pace of the book is never harrowed down with unnecessary details and show-off that writers often make authors indulgent. But that’s why perhaps, the author received this review recently, ‘You have usen only small small words in english not writer english.’. We wish that the author keeps usening small small words in english not writer english, because it makes for excellent reading.
In the end, I would love to echo a thought that many of the others have already echoed: Read it and enter a beautiful journey. I, despite being an atheist, could enjoy it. Imagine how very extraordinary it must have been.