Pralay : The Great Deluge by Vineet Bajpai; Courtesy : Readers Cosmos

Hello again!

Up next for review is Pralay : The Great Deluge by Vineet Bajpai, the second instalment of the Harappa Series. It carries on the storyline from the previous book as the secret and mystery of Harappa continues to extend into another round of intrigue.

If you haven’t read the first book, this is a warning well in advance that this review will have spoilers from the first book, ruining your reading experience. Please do not read further if you do not wish to be have the reading spoiled.

Pralay picks up from the last cliffhanger where Vidyut finds out that there is more to the Harappan civilisation than everyone knows. The lies that were used to cover up the huge secret of the greatest civilisation on Earth have been kept under wraps because of the sway of upheaval it will bring with itself, if divulged. He also comes to know that he is the reincarnation of Vivasvan Pujari, the disgraced Demigod and one of the Ashtharishi. Battling the betrayal of his best friend Bala, dealing with the growing tension between him and Naina, the constant run from the Italian Mafioso and continuing to protect his secret all the while protecting the great secret, Vidyut’s life become an bramble of thorns. Pralay brings into play the role of the other characters in full zoom, as we dive in the world of the occult and tantric.

The fact that this book had to carry on the legacy of Vivasvan Pujari, who prayed for the great river, Saraswati’s upheaval, the balance of the reincarnated Vidyut and his past self is such a treat to read. Following the lines of Noah’s ark, Matsya, black magicians, zombies, demon kings and so much more, the second instalment was a great carrier of justice to the plot and the cliffhanger Bajpai built up after the first book.

The extension of the tension of the rise of the blood river and the literal explanation of the reason why the Matth was called Dev Rakshasa Matth, is made evident through the introduction of Daayans, Pishachas, Kalchakra,Aghoris and everything from the occult realm.

Walking on the lines of Noah’s Ark, Manu, Vivasvan Pujari’s son, creates a huge boat that is to save his people from dying. With the anger of Saraswati invoked, threatening to wipe off every human on plant earth in her rage, it is this very boat that would save every noble being on earth. It also explains in detail how the sudden wipe of Harappa from the face of the earth cannot be simply denoted by invasions, wars and acquisitions. Vidyut’s battle with the occult beings to protect the present resonates with his penance of the past. Characters that ran and went in the first book stay and create an impact m justifying their place in the story.

The writing, like the last book, is simple and clear. Bajpai’s writing is impeccable in terms of fervour, thrill, fear and sadness, a theme that is the most prevalent in the story. It really carried the story forward, creating enough intrigue for me to wait for the next instalment. A 5 star read because it had occult and all the crazy, kooky things mixed with history, and I’m a sucker for the same!

Disclaimer : I was sent a review copy under the Readers Cosmos Book Review Program in exchange of an honest review.

Until next time!

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