I received Pradyumna – Son of Krishna by Usha Narayanan as a review copy from the author and the publisher and would like to thank them both for the same. I just knew that Pradyumna was the Son of Krishna and was unaware of the details as Mahabharata has not much mention about him and reading this book made me know a lot about Pradyumna and his family.
‘I see a dark future that makes me quake,’ Devarishi Narada said. ‘One of these newborns will ravage the world and erase the name of Krishna from the face of the earth.’
As the world trembles on the threshold of Kali Yuga—4,32,000 years of unprecedented evil—it waits for a saviour to rise.
Meanwhile, in the dark netherland of the asuras, the meek Vama shudders as he learns that he is actually Pradyumna, the son of Krishna. And that his journey has just begun.
From the asura kingdom to Dwaraka and then Kurukshetra, destiny forces him to battle monsters, angry gods and blazing weapons, and overpower his own weaknesses. Will he be able to rise to the challenge in time to save the world? Or is he the destroyer prophesied by Narada?
Pradyumna is the gripping saga of the rise of this mighty, swashbuckling hero whom all of humanity awaits.
Vama is the son of Emperor Kaalasura and Mayavati of the Asura kingdom. He is a weakling, who prefers the company of beautiful women, his mother’s attendants, and playing the flute to learning archery from his guru. The book starts with Vama enjoying in the company of an attendant when his jealous mother, Mayavati, barges into his room and the demons start to torment the girl and Vama till his mother intervenes. In a parallel story, in Dwaraka, two Yaduvanshi princes are born to the two wives of Lord Krishna, Pradyumna and Samba. Narada sees disaster and then suddenly, at night, Pradyumna disappears.
Circumstances reveal that Vama is not the son of Kaalasura and Mayavati but an orphan and Vama is thrown out of the kingdom. Mayavati follows him and tells him that he is Kama and she is his wife Rati. She also tells him that he is Pradyumna, the son of Krishna and Rukmini, destined to slay Kaalasura and Vama becomes Pradyumna, the warrior, who takes on Kaalasura’s sons and their Asura armies.
He then moves to Dwarka with his wife and is received with a lot of pomp and show. But happiness always has some sour points. Jambawati, Krishna’s other queen and her son, Samba are jealous of the attention being showered on Pradyumna and also feel threatened by his presence. Samba feels his right to the throne being threatened by Pradyumna.
The story then moves on to Pradyumna’s wedding to Rukmavati, the birth of his son Aniruddha, his weddings, and so on and so forth interspersed with various wars all along.
The author deserves full credit for the research work that had gone into the book. The glossary at the end of the book is very helpful. The language is simple and easily understandable and the chapters are short letting the readers absorb the story in detail. The scenes have been described so well that I could almost visualize them. Initially, it took me a bit of time for the reader to get a feel of the story and once that sets in, the book cannot be kept down. I desperately wanted to know what happens next. The language is simple and the flow is good. There are many characters in the story, like a multi-starrer but this does not confuse the reader.
I loved the part when Pradyumna is warring, losing his men and suddenly, everything comes to a standstill, Gods come down to bless him and give him weapons.
As I was reading the book, I felt the relationship between Pradyumna and his newly found parents could have been given some more importance. Overall, an interesting book.
Highly recommended for the lovers of mythology.
Book Source: The author
Publisher: Penguin Metroreads