For the love of Indian Fiction

Curse of Surya

Dev Prasad


Epic, mystery, terrorism, with a tad bit of romance and an international star cast- makes The Curse of Surya-by Dev Prasad “unputdownable”. It keeps you turning the pages until the mystery of the 5000 year old Shyamantaka is resolved.

It belongs to a genre of books that are quite popular in Indian fiction today, a rare combination of mythology and history, all rolled into a mystery in the present times. Curse of Bramha, Guardian of Halahala belong to this clan. I have a voracious appetite for these kinds of books, which is why I loved Dev’s book.

The story of the Shyamantaka is not unfamiliar to most Hindus. The jewel originally belonged to the Sun god, who wore it around his neck. It was said that whichever land possessed this jewel would never encounter any calamities and would always be prosperous. But it seemed to bring ill luck to the owner. The sun god gave it to King Satarajit, who later presented it to Prasenjit, who died while fighting a lion in the forest. The jewel ultimately reached Jambhavan the king of bears, who then surrendered it after a long battle to Krishna who had come to retrieve it. Satrajit was killed by Satadhanva for the jewel. Ultimately it was taken by Akrura and returned to Krishna.The jewel then rested in Dwarka, the city of Krishna. Archeology and history tell us that Dwarka was submerged in the ocean. Was the jewel lost here? Where did it go? did the sun god decide to take it?

This is where Dev’s storytelling genius comes into play. He weaves such a tale and offers a beautiful explanation, you almost believe it be true! Well it is a feasible theory!

His varied characters Sangeetha Rao, Davies, Anton, Inspector Nisha Sharma are intriguing. To top it all there are cryptograms and poems to decipher before Sangeetha can find the jewel.

Father of Godess Lakshmi

 Near the submerged palace

He who saw the divine form Prostrated in front daily

Who will help her? who is a friend? Who is the foe? Through helicopters, motorboats and yatches she makes her way towards unravelling the secret.

As the events unfold you are tempted to read the last page to know what exactly happened, but the twists and turns and surprising developments don’t let you do that. You have to read every page, every little incident- like a typical Agatha Christie Whodunnit.

Dev’s hold over geography and history shows that this is a well-researched book. It may be fiction, but like The Da Vinci code it makes you think if it is a possibility that the jewel is hidden somewhere in this world. In this world of immense possibilities and inexplicable mysteries who knows?!!

But what I do know and endorse is the reading of this book. I loved will too

sumathigovida • December 13, 2015

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