BR #79 | Supercop of Aryavrat | Mithilesh Kumar | AuthorsUpFront | ★★★★

Book - Supercop of Aryavrat
Author - Mithilesh Kumar
Publisher - AuthorsUpFront
Rating - ★★★




Author Bio: (from book) Born in 1952 at Hasua in Bihar, Mithilesh Kumar received his education from Bihar Veterinary College, Patna (BVSc and AH); Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar (MVSc); University of Hull, UK (MBA) and Ambedkar University, Delhi (PGDP). He served with the Government of Bihar and then the Government of India, before retiring from a senior position in Customs and Central Excise. He is now settled in Delhi. Write to him at mkumar1952@gmail.com.

Book Review: "Supercop of Aryavrat" by Mithilesh Kumar is a mythological fiction based on the life and tales of Krishna. A unique aspect of this book is the portrayal of Krishna as a mortal figure and not as a Lord or God-like figure. The author has put in adequate research to support his claims of a mortal Krishna as well as all the popular characters associated with him during his lifetime. A neutral tone is maintained throughout the book highlighting both the positive and negative sides of Krishna and his company.

The plot opens with Krishna in a reminiscent mood. His brother's question where he asks Krishna to ponder over whether he was the Supercop of Aryavrat threw light upon the fact whether the life Krishna lived was worthwhile enough as people claimed it to be. Krishna realized that he was used far too many times for other people's gains. This saddened him a little but being optimistic Krishna recounted all the good times too. The remainder of the book is a reimagination by the author as to how realistically all the events in Krishna's life might have happened. We get a glimpse of his childhood, Krishna killing Kansa, his relationship with other States, his journeys across India, friendships and betrayals, explanation of his marriages, and lastly, the role played by Krishna in Mahabharata. There are many unknown facts and secrets which the reader will be astounded to discover in these pages.

This book is a must-read for all mythology lovers. However, the cover of the book does not quite reveal what's inside the pages or if its a book on Krishna. Moreover, the plot in a few places has been overexplained. But these minor bugs will not deter the reader from enjoying the journey of Krishna till the last page. The battles, plot-twists, and turn of events are definitely surprising as narrated by the author. This book is a well-researched one that deserved appreciation for a more realistic approach to our mythology instead of over-preaching sermons with propaganda.

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