16-year-old Vishnu Shastri finds himself pulled into a parallel world called Prithvi, which is similar to Earth with a different timeline. There is no sign of religion or science there, but he discovers fantastic astras (or Mahabharat style missiles) that are virtual supernukes and can control the weather and all of Prithvi’s elements and unleash untold destruction.
Vishnu meets an ageless astomi called Guru, a mysterious astra expert, who throws up more questions than answers. He has to escape the beautiful, evil and demented Shakti, Prithvi’s foremost assassin who is out to get him. Then there’s Mahamaharaj Duryodhan, a megalomaniac king bent on taking over the world and forcing a destructive World War, the planet’s eighth, but potentially the most dangerous. But Vishnu is constantly nagged with the doubt of who pulled him from Earth in the first place and for what purpose? Either way he goes in for one roller coaster ride full of twists and turns and he can’t tell if its ever going to end…
What if Earth had a quantum twin?
(The philosophy behind the book)
—India Today’s DailyO.in
The spacing of the sentences in the pages actually quickens the pace of the reading. Short, sharp sentences. All statements. Almost like in bullet point style.
—The New Indian Express
Beautifully written, against the back drop of Mahabharata. I liked the way the author drew parallels from two different times like past and present for developing Vishnu’s character. His character is complex yet relatable. New but old.
If all goes well, then I will ultimately convert this into a series of seven books with the second one being…
Vishnu Shastri and the Day of Doom.
Sunil Rajguru is a journalist based out of Bengaluru. This is his first published book, though he is in the process of writing many books on multiple genres. Rajguru is a regular writer for websites like Sify.com and DailyO.in. Rajguru has worked for the Hindustan Times newspaper and website, CyberMedia’s Living Digital magazine, the Centre for Science & Environment and market research firm IDC India.