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Mahabharata is an epic that was most interpreted in the fictional arena. There has been a surge of books from the view point of practically every character. Chronux is not a fictional adaptation of Mahabharata but it is an extension of the epic with a deeper insight.
The tales is supposed to be starting from 3067 BC. A stranger arrives at a village called Aruhu on the foothills of Himalayas. His arrival itself is under mysterious circumstances but he villagers treat him and help him recover from his injuries. In return he provides a star chart that changes the lives of the villagers forever. A mix of mythology, astronomy, history, philosophy and astrology is used to create a literary potion. Author has apparently used his knowledge in history and mixed it up with fantasy.
The book cannot be counted as a mere fantasy book. The chronology, sociology, geography and geopolitical stands of the characters are derived from actual facts. For instance, from a few lines in Mahabharata about the solar eclipse, lunar eclipse and constellations, author has derived the time 3067 BC as the period when the stranger arrives, as it is, according to him, the period when Kurukshetra war took place and stranger is related to a major character in the same.
Likewise, the story leaps from decades to centuries. The plot is multidimensional, hence a detailed account of the happenings might end up as a spoiler. There is too much happening in the book that it is like an overloaded bud. Every passenger has to reach the destination but if some had opted for another one, it would have been a risk free trip. But everyone has to reach on time. Time is the protagonist.
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About the author
Sagar Kamath teaches History and International Affairs at Symbiosis International University. With a Masters in History and Philosophy and over 9 years of experience in the teaching sector, he has lectured extensively on subjects ranging from global history to modern day geopolitics and specializes in issues of religion and politics. An avid storyteller, he has spent years researching humanity’s intricate interplay with the natural world, and believes that events like World War II serve to highlight the best and the worst, we as a species are capable of……something amply reflected in this work. In his free time, he loves to explore ‘off-the-beaten-track’ locales that have a sense of mystique about them.