The Old Man and the Nymph… By Vipin Behari Goyal

The Old Man and the Nymph

Title : The Old Man and the Nymph
Author: Vipin Behari Goyal
Pages: 192
Genre: Fantasy
Publication : Blackbuck Publication

Ratings :

Story : 3/5
Cover : 4/5
Blurb : 3/5
Theme : 4/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Overall : 3/5

Overview :

“The Old Man and the Nymph” is the story of three nymphs- Melissa, Pun and Mint. Narrated in parts by Melissa, it traces the journey of their encounters with the Colonel, an old man who wishes to entice them to satiate his carnal desires. Melissa, the nymph of the clouds, is a young writer whom the Colonel hires to pen down the story of his life. Pun, the nymph of water, is a young orphaned girl who comes to the city to build a comfortable life for herself. Mint, the nymph of the woods, is an unusually insolent, seductive young girl, who hails from a small mountainous village.

All the three nymphs are characterized by extraordinary beauty, and captivating charm. In addition, Melissa has unusual wit and ego, Pun has towering confidence and a shrewd min, and Mint is master of the art of seduction.

There are actually 3 old men in the story- the colonel, the Naga, and Melissa’s father- all of them shadows of the same energy- desire and greed.

The book chronicles the encounters of the 3 extraordinary demigoddesses with the old men, promising to transfer the reader to mysterious worlds of fantasy!

The Remarkables : 
  • The cover- the illustration is a perfect embodiment of the theme.
  • Blurb- arouses interest.
  • Intricate detailing in each scene.
  • Painstakingly descriptive style of narration.
  • Deftly sketched characters- the nymphs and their complementary energies, the old men.
  • The writer paints worlds of fantasy with words.
  • The concept- amalgamation of Greek mythology with an Indian setting- witty and intriguing.
The Letdowns :
  • Incoherent narration- the writer tends to get carried away with descriptions of the mundane. Results in breaks in flow of the story.
  • The ending is a huge letdown- the story ends abruptly without justifying the roles of the old men or the nymphs.
  • The plot is weak- the reader’s attention tends to wander. The concept could have been exploited in a more expansive manner.
Review :

“The Old Man and the nymphs” is a most unusual tale. Chances are it’s unlike anything you have ever read. The concept itself is intriguing- a heady mix of the fascinating Greek mythology and a believable Indian setting. Greek mythology describes ‘nymphs’ as demigoddesses- extraordinary female deities that have qualities similar to the Indian Apsaras. The book takes the concept to another level by personifying them as 3 beautiful, young girls. The old men are analogous of carnal desires.

The writer has, to some extent, been successful in incorporating the concept into the tale. However, the narrative often loses track. The story progresses at a slow pace, and is often confusing. It leaves the reader feeling lost and clueless.

However, the excellently sketched nymphs more than make up for the drag in narration. These fascinating creatures manage to keep the reader involved till the end.

Overall, “the old man and the nymphs” is a book that could have been a real fascinating journey, if the writer had a better grip on the plot. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable read that will send your mind to mysterious realms of fantasy, and for that, I would say it’s worth a read.



Maya in search of tantric father…by Vipin Behari Goyal

Name: Maya in search of tantric father
Author: Vipin Behari Goyal
Publisher: Frog Publication
Genre: Fiction

Story: 4/5
Cover: 1/5
Writing style: 2.5/5
Dialogues: 2/5
Theme: 3.5/5
Overall: 2.6/5

About the book:
‘Maya in search of tantric father’ is a story of a young American girl who is in search of her biological father in India. She got to know about him by her late mother’s diary. Being a determined girl she travelled to many holy places of India and faced several difficulties. She met with some people in this journey and was backed up with some mysterious powers to fetch her out from the danger whenever needed.

* Character
* Uniqueness of setting

Writing style
* Dialogues
* Tedious and dull at points.

Abhishek’s review:
This book came out as a surprise to me. When this book was delivered to me there was no anticipation whatsoever. After scrutinizing cover and blurb I was disappointed. But as they say never judge a book from its cover. This again proves its expediency in this case also. ‘Maya in search of a tantric father’ is beautiful exhibition of Indian culture, a culture which is of age of sun, which is diverse like different sizes of shankha in sea. Author depicts the spirituality of this country beautifully by the eye of Maya. Genre like spirituality which is so rare in Indian market will be relieved after backed up by books like Maya….

Story was undoubtedly superb. A brilliant piece of work and then showered with the cultural ride. I wish this book would have supported by a bit more gripping writing style. Writing is so simple and straightforward that, at places, even the biggest turns of story passed like slippery jelly ball into the throat without even feeling it. The theme of the book was not matching with the writing style at all. Due to weak writing and dialogues sometimes reader may lose his interest. But to them it’s my humble request is that please give it a read it’s worth to read.