The Code of Manavas: Beyond the Realm by Arpit Bakshi is a nice fusion of Indian mythology and hardcore science. It is the first book of Maha Vishnu Trilogy. While combining mythology and hardcore science is not an easy task, this blending has come out really well in the book under review and the author should be complimented for that.
This book takes you into an interesting and engaging world. This world is believable and creates an imaginative spell on the readers. This spell is maintained till the end of the book and enough explanations have been provided in the plot to explain the events described in the book. This, in turn, maintains reader’s trust. The readers know what kind of world they are in and follow this world without a glitch consistently. The book takes us into the future in a Yuga called Swarnim Yuga. The year is 2050.2.0000001 and there are only two states in the world. These states are Madhavpur and Ayudhpur. The rest of the world got swallowed in the ocean at the end of Kali Yuga due to human’s continuous interference with the nature. Another catastrophe is around the corner and the states of Madhavpur and Ayudhpur are also on the verge of getting swallowed by the nature. So, will there be nothing left at the end? Or, will someone come out with some plan to avoid this catastrophe? If yes, then what would be the nature of that plan? Read the book to know the answers of these questions.
It is interesting to note that the author has intentionally named characters of this book after well-known characters of Indian mythology. You will find names like Krishna, Gopal, Mohan, Vasu, Shyam, Raghav, Radhika, Meera, ShriRam, and Kansa, etc. Amusingly, a number of these names belong to one single mythological character and that is of Krishna (one of the popular deities in Indian mythology). In fact, the main protagonist of this novel is based on Krishna. He wears yellow cloths and plays flutes. This sort of characterization adds a different appeal to this book. The emotional struggle of the central lead has also been portrayed beautifully.
The book is slow in the beginning but not only picks up pace but also becomes a page turner very soon. The slow beginning of the book is mainly due to the horrendous load of technical details rammed down on reader’s throat. Pacing is crucial to any piece of fiction and holds an important key in the works of science fiction. Therefore, the beginning part of this book could have been made a bit simpler and more interesting. However, your eyes keep glued to the pages once the story picks up speed and the plot becomes utterly fascinating and spellbinding. The book also ends satisfactorily and does not let you down. All the conflicts raised throughout the plot get resolved at the end. At the same time, the book ends with a cliffhanger. The author plays beautifully with the psychology of the readers and leaves them wanting more at the end. Readers will definitely scream at Arpit Bakshi to tell them what actually happens after the final page. While such an ending can be termed as a cruel one, it is the kind of ending that will make readers eagerly wait for the next book of the series.
Overall, it is a nice read and takes you away from your monotonous world for some length of time.