Friday, 7 July 2017

Book Review: The Indus Challenge By R. Durgadoss

Book: The Indus Challenge

Author: R. Durgadoss

Genre: Fiction (Mythology/History)

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Pages: 324

Price: 250


Bharat is in chaos. While the kingdoms fight each other, Alexander’s forces gather for the assault, their leader lured by tales of supernatural weapons and the elixir of immortality. Only one man can save the subcontinent from domination by the Greeks: the young Chandragupta Maurya, trained under the aegis of the ‘dark Brahmin’, Chanakya.
When an ancient seal is found, sharing the secrets of the brahmastra, the redoubtable weapon of the Mahabharata, it is up to Rudra, young commander of the Mauryan Nava Yuva Sena and lifelong friend and confidante of Chandragupta, to decode it. Along with his fellow commandos and with the able guidance of his guru, Rudra embarks on a quest that takes him from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the seas of Rameshwaram, hunting the clues that will lead him to the brahmastra. On the way, he meets the Chiranjivis, ancient beings tasked with divine duties and learns the secrets behind his own birth and his mysterious powers.
But Rudra must be careful, for not all enemies were dispersed with the death of the mighty Alexander. Treachery lurks in the home and when Rudra is framed for the attempted murder of his sovereign, he must pull every trick at his disposal to reveal the enemy and save his kingdom from plunging, once more, into bloodshed and chaos.
A historical, mythological adventure story, The Indus Challenge is sure to appeal to readers interested in the storied past of India and the legends woven into its soil.


The Indus Challenge is not like every other mythological book. It has much more turns, much more stories hidden beneath the whole concept. There is not just one aspect to it, there are different faces, different phases at every other turn.

The story is normal, but with different angles. I have never read a book of such subject-matter. I was hoping to find something different from the book but great new deals of things were served.

The problem arrived in the never-ending narration of events. I was just so distracted from so many flashbacks that it became hard after some time to go on like that. The author though maintained a good bridge between the past and present still it was not working in the bigger picture.

I liked the tale of Queen Helena because I knew about her very less. Her side of the tale was intriguing. I loved all the proceedings, her anger, her frustration, everything about her was great.

Also I loved reading about Chanakaya, his presence, his magnificence is all laid out in proper forms. He is shown as sharp and witty guru, which is expected from him. The whole episode of the little adventure Rudra and Chanakaya go on is really nerve-wrecking. There are a lot of puzzles, lot of places and lot of situations.

Best part of all this was the group that was formed, the puzzles, the violations, the hindrances and the different tactics involved at every step.

The book was full of details, stories and suspense. It really lived up to the expectations if one forgets the long and boring narrations by different characters. The book was much better towards the ending. The middle was so okayish that it brought the level of the book down.

It is that sort of  a book which will make you want to read the next phase of Rudra’s and Chankaya’s life. Though I didn’t read the first book in the series but still it didn’t feel like I have missed that much.

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About the author:

R. Durgadoss (his associates call him Dr DD) is an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, writer and coach. He holds a PhD in Corporate Finance. He has a career spanning more than three decades with leading multinational institutions of high repute.
He has a deep-rooted passion for Indian mythology, history and philosophy. Since his childhood he has been able to attract a number of followers with his mesmerizing storytelling abilities. Wherever history is a mystery, he fills gaps with his creative spin.

Having held his audience spellbound with powerful storytelling during his lectures in international forums, he thought it was time to focus on a series of fiction in the historical/mythological genre. The Indus Challenge is the second book in this series.

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