BR #18 | The Code of Manavas (Maha Vishnu Trilogy: Part I) | Arpit Bakshi | Rupa Publications | ★★★★★

Book - The Code of Manavas (Maha Vishnu Trilogy: Part I)
Author - Arpit Bakshi
Publisher - Rupa Publications
Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Arpit Bakshi has studied electrical engineering and has an MBA in finance from the University of RPI, Troy, New York. He now works for a prominent Indian bank. Arpit had initially wanted to pursue a career in theoretical physics, but ended up opting for engineering (as most students of science in India tend to do). Since his childhood, two things have never failed to amaze him—the vast expanse of the cosmos; and the unfathomable depth of Indian mythology and spirituality. He believes that one should never stop learning and it is his love for science that has gravitated him towards writing this mythology-inspired science fiction. Arpit is based in Gurgaon, India.

Book Review: "The Code of Manavas (Maha Vishnu Trilogy: Part I)" by Arpit Bakshi is a science fiction thriller based on theories of time travel in parallel universes combined with a rich mythological narration. The marvelous interpretations of famous Indian folklore in a different light and turn of events is commendable. The author has used advanced science fiction techniques that help readers land on a convincing safe abode of reality which is believable and trustworthy. We read the story on a scientific plane, with a marked emphasis on spirituality and consciousness.

Krishna is the protagonist and lead scientist of planet Bhoomi who is entrusted with the responsibility of advancing the immortal Manava race through scientific methodology. Planet Bhoomi is unfortunately not in a stable condition and the residents realize that they must either perish or migrate to other planets because their immortality through the advancement of science has been challenged as of late. But mass migration is no easy task and the inhabitants of Bhoomi must settle their differences first if they are to cooperate and work together. During such testing times, Krishna creates a prototype planet Prithvi in another universe and under careful monitoring-cum-observation, sows the seed of life there too. All was going well until Krishna's lab faced two major cyber attacks which destroyed the faith of safety foundations among the Manavas. Is someone trying to harm planet Bhoomi? Who would have such intentions in a society where human emotions have been mastered? Do the Manavas have enough technology to avert a war? How will mass migration (if possible) take place at all?

There are science, art, romance, love, mystery, revenge and twist-in-the-tale moments throughout the book which will keep readers hooked till the last page. Packed with thrilling adventure and a beautiful narration of what might be the origins of our planet and where we are ultimately headed to in our own world, this book is a sure shot page-turner as the author has skilfully delivered a parallel narration to a most beloved tale from our childhood - that of Krishna, the avatar of Vishnu! Or was he? This is just part one of a much-anticipated series at work.

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