Divyastra by Nimish Tanna is mythology plus thriller. The fusion of these two genres is what I really love.
It starts with Dr Vyas addressing people of DRDO. He possess a vast knowledge of weaponary and mythology. Imparting his knowledge about Astras (weapons) in Hindu mythology and indicating a big change in the history of modern weapons, he was interrupted by a young man. That young man keeps interrupting him in between his speech.
After that, the book completely alters into another story where Shankar, not happy with his father’s mediocre life grieves on his death. His grandfather recites him stories just like he used to when he was a kid. Those stories aren’t just any stories, but the secret of their family.
What was the secret? How are these two tales connected? For that you’ve to definitely read the book.
First of all i would like to talk about how beautifully mythology was mixed in it. Not even at a single point it seemed as if it was taken for granted. The facts, arguments everything was included in it aptly. The ratio was quite perfect.
The two tales of Dr. Vyas and Shankar were woven together at end like they weren’t different at all. I was awestruck at that interwoven plot and suspense. Language and narrative used is simple and amazing.
Characters were thoroughly sketched after a lot of efforts and are developed brilliantly. The cover is so pretty and interesting and minimal. The title indicating the ultimate and most weapon truly connects to story.
Though the ending was a cliffhanger, I really enjoyed reading this book. Hope it will have a sequel.
Title : 10/10
Buy the book here: Divyastra