‘CHIRANJIVI - The Beginning’ is set in backdrop of Mahabharata, after a time gap of around 1000 years, approximately 2000 BCE. A Sage had been living through the curse of Shri Krishna, who had given him a punishment by removing a gem on his forehead. The removal of the gem resulted in a permanent wound on his forehead, which constantly oozed blood and pus.
The pain was enormous, the stink of the wound unbearable. Walkers would change their paths, if they saw Sage coming their way. The pain and the insult were unbearable. Only solace was fresh butter, when put in his wounds gave temporary relief to the Sage. He was being forced to beg butter, every day, for last 1000 years. Life was a hell for him, but still patiently he was living the life. Till one day, the leash on his patience broke when the people of Vrindavan refused to give him butter to fill his wounds.
The insult gave way to the pain and agony, which were suppressed for the past 1000 years. And once again, after the war of Kurukshetra, anger took over Ashwatthama. Out of rage, using his super natural powers, Ashwatthama decides to annihilate the earth.The grave insult gave way to the suppressed pain and agony. And once again, after the war of Kurukshetra, anger took over the sage. He decides to annihilate the earth. No earth, no suffering.
Govind, an innocent boy in his late teenage came to know of Sage’s disastrous intentions. But, on confrontation Govind realised that, Sage was too powerful, so much so that, in a fight, he could not even touch him once. In his fight for saving millions of lives on the earth, Govind loses his beloved father and a dear friend at the hands of the Sage.
The reign of terror was unleashed by the Sage and his accomplices across the country, which went on a rampage of killing children and women, enslaving the male members, burning crops and cutting the jungles. In short earth’s existence was put at risk.
The book contains an interesting story of;
- How did Govind manage to find a way to tame and control super powerful and seemingly invincible sage?
- What were the challenges Govind came across in his journey?
- Could he save himself from wrath of mighty sage? If yes, how?
- I had read Vasantji's " It's ok to fail my son" and enjoyed it a lot. It touched upon a very relevant subject of increasing pressure of academics on children today. As a parent, who now has to think of my daughter's schooling, the book is even more relevant to me today. When I got a chance to read 'Chiranjivi the beginning', I grabbed my copy and finished it at one go. The treatment of the story is very unique with the story weaved into 'scenes'. The plot moves into indoor and outdoor scenes with the location and time of the day vividly described. The central character Govind is depicted as humane as he goes through a gamut of emotions in his fight against a powerful sage. He learns and unlearns things as he goes along. In one section of the book, Govind is made to understand the concept of death and how our soul is eternal. That the presence of the soul can be felt beyond our direct senses, provided we are mindful and conscious.
It helps him come to terms with the death of his beloved father. I loved this section a lot and realized that Vasant ji has once again touched upon a very relevant topic through this book - It is how to deal with the fragility of life and death and how we must make the most of our lives in a positive manner. A great read indeed.
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