It has been sometime since I posted a review. Things have been quite hectic (and chaotic) with several things going at one time. Work, Travel, some other commitments, so the book reading was going slow.
But this week I have been able to complete the book I started after the Casual Vacancy.
The book this week was “Rage of Jarasandha”, 5th Book of Krishna Coriolis by Ashok Banker.
The book starts from the point where “Lord of Mathura” ends, Kamsa is killed by Krishna and king Ugrasena is reinstated and there is jubilation all around Mathura and the entire Yadava nation.
However at this point Jarasandha, King of Magadha and Kamsa’s Father-in-law attacks Mathura with the biggest assembled army ever. At this point Krishna and Balrama take it upon themselves to save Mathura and in their real forms (of god) fights and wipes out the entire army of Jarasandha. But Jarasandha has a bigger plan and the plot thickens but essentially ends at that.
Compared to the rest of the volumes of Krishna Coriolis this one seemed a little slow and not much is covered in this book, however the book is good 300 odd pages.
The necessity of breaking the entire Krishna story into volumes sometimes robs the books of the necessary pace and fill it up with unnecessary details (which can be done without in case it was one book). However I understand the author’s dilemma of beginning and finishing every volume so that it can connect to the rest of the series yet is able to stand on it’s own. But that sometimes clutter the regular readers with unnecessary and repeated information.
Last part where Jarasandha comes back with same army again and the Tuesday is relieved again even though Krishna and Balrama wipes out the army every time – that description is just too complicated.
How it is not a time travel but is also a sort of time travel that is not clearly or eloquently described. I find myself scratching the head same as Balrama in the book, it seems the conversation will only be understood by Jarasandha and Krishna and not by the readers. It sometimes translates into sort of science fiction (bad). You just end up reading for completeness sake.
There are several questions that will come to your mind when you read Krishna’s depiction and his acts in Krishna Coriolis (specially as a god) but most of the questions remain unanswered or only partially answered.
In those scenarios you can say for the first time I am less than satisfied by Banker, otherwise it’s a good read.
Again the book needed to be fast paced and should have covered more material, it’s not necessary to have 10 volumes if it can be covered in 5 or 6.