‘The Mahabharata Code’ by Karthik K B Rao – Book Review


Title : The Mahabharata Code
Author : Karthik K B Rao
Pages : 216
Publisher : Notion Press
Genre : fiction

Rating :

Cover : 3/5
Writing Style : 3/5
Presentation :
Overall :


The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here.
As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa’s scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?


Mahabharata is an epic that people loves to discuss and interpret. I have read many such books where this epic has been told from one or another point of view but this book, The Mahabharata Code’ is something beyond anyone’s imagination.

First look at the book is little messy as the book cover is not so neat (not so attractive) and the blurb is too long.

The story of this book starts with a mission of NASA where Narayan Rao (NR) and other few crew members agrees to take part in a mission to visit a mysterious planet from where they are continuously receiving signals which seems to be difficult to decode. From there the story of Mahabharata kicks off once again on the planet earth where the same characters of the epic battle are playing their own roles but this time, something is not in the exact way as it should be. The twisted storyline and immense imagination with the use of proper technology makes this book a very interesting read.

Depth of characterization is done to an average level and that was good because anything more than that would have taken up the essence of the book. One thing that I felt where author went wrong was that the language was too informal at the beginning of the book. It was not very attractive piece of writing that could hold the reader longer.

I would like to appreciate the author for being bold enough to bring such imaginative work in paperback. This book surely makes you think about various things and the use of technology to explain various phenomenon was excellent thought. Another thing that I loved about the book was open ending. At the end, author forces you to think upon the story rather than forcing you to believe on everything he has written.

For me, this book surely deserves to be read.



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