Book Review: ‘Brahma Hathya’ by T.V. Mahalingam

Unraveling Mysteries in a World of Myth and Magic

Book Title: Brahma Hathya
Author: T.V. Mahalingam
Publisher: Westland
Number of Pages: 356
ISBN: 978-9357769273
Date Published: Jan. 22, 2024
Price: INR 340

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Book Review

T.V. Mahalingam’s debut novel, “Brahma Hathya,” tells a captivating story that flawlessly blends mythology, imagination, and fundamental human connections. Mahalingam weaves a storyline that captivates readers from beginning to end, providing a unique experience for genre fans.

As interest in mythology and fantasy grows, “Brahma Hathya” emerges as a welcome addition to the landscape, telling a unique story about a young shepherd boy and his meeting with the mysterious Jogi. The story unfolds with intrigue and excitement, bringing readers into a realm where myth, love, power, and mystery collide.

The story weaves together the enigmatic presence of the Jogi, a daring forecast of a Brahman, and the powerful figure of Trivikrama, the lord of Vaishali, in the great expanse of the realm. As the novel progresses, viewers are left wondering about the individuals’ identities and motivations, as well as the mysteries concealed within Vaishali’s halls.

The story is set in Mithila’s kingdom and takes place against a backdrop of terrifying prophecies, magical landscapes, and court intrigue. As the tale progresses, readers are lured into a world of suspense and passion, pushed by the author’s superb pace and rich character development. From the grieving king obsessed with Soma to the young prince struggling with his training, each character contributes depth and complexity to the story, weaving a beautiful tapestry of love, treachery, and valor.

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Author-turned-journalist Mahalingam dives into themes of violence, lineage, kinship, and love throughout the novel, exploring the intricacies of human nature and the links that bind us together. With a combination of mythology and fantasy, the story provides a riveting tale that keeps readers interested until the conclusion, leaving them wanting more.

Brahma Hathya” exemplifies the power of narrative, taking readers on a thrilling journey through mythical realms and timeless stories. Mahalingam’s debut novel, with its beautiful plot and intriguing characters, will have a lasting effect on readers and enthusiasts of Indian mythical imagination alike.

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