Yay or Nay : Nay. You can give it a miss and not buy the book, if you are looking for much more than just the story of Vishwamitra. Yay if you want to know who he was and why he became so prominent. For me, Vishwamitra by Dr. Vineet was not so enjoyable. Know why in the book review that will follow.
Review: My husband had purchased this book for the protagonist. We being mythological fiction buffs, are always in the lookout for books. This was a purchase of a similar hunt we set on at Crosswords book store. Vishwamitra is one of the most interesting characters in the Mahabharata/Ramayana, for everything he achieved being a mere human. This book does justice to his story, giving you a gist of everything that he went through but it fails to bring out his strong character. His determination to prove, that the descendants of Manu can achieve anything and can be an equal to even a Deva doesn’t come across strongly.
What am meaning to say is, the author fails to make you feel everything Vishwamitra goes through. You become a mere audience who is just watching the scenes and listening to the story but not connecting to it at all. The best books always make you feel it- the story, emotions, desires and achievements of the characters involved. This book in noway gives you all that. One of the main reasons why I did not like it. Having said that, I would give Dr. Vineet Aggarwal the credit to have given the readers a gist of Vishwamitra’s life. The author goes over each of the important events that made him who he was. So if you are looking to know the story of Vishwamitra, then this book is what you need.
I wish the author had written it in a better way, tying all the loose ends. Wish he had brought Vishwamitra to life better, making the readers feel the awe they ought too.
My Takeaway: Your ego can be the reason for your downfall. Keeping a check on it or letting it go could lead you to greatness, meaning help you achieve things you never would have imagined. Anger and ego are the worst combinations to have. Knowledge, perseverance, belief and patience are the ingredients you need for a great life. Rules and regulations set may not always be right, break them sometimes, only if there some good that will come off it.
Everything that happens in your life, maybe a force that will lead you to a direction that you are meant to be in. Have belief and the strength to work for it. Good things will follow for sure.