Book Title – Pradyumna: Son of Krishna
Genre – Mythology/Fantasy/Adventure
Publishers – Penguin Metro Reads
Author – Usha Narayanan
Sages, poets, writers have praised a lot about Arjuna, Krishna, Ram, Karna and Abhimanyu through their scriptures, poems and stories. Later these writing materials were passed on from generation to generation. Our childhood was fantasized by stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. We knew about the mighty bheema and powerful Hanuman, but hardly heard about Pradyumna. Even in Indian scriptures, very less is written about the glory of Pradyumna. So who was Pradyumna?
Penguin Metro reads has come up with an interesting mythological novel – Pradyumna: Son of Krishna written by author Usha Narayanan. An intoxicated asura prince named Vama visualizes a deva being getting burnt to ashes by Lord Shiva. He is even mocked by a fiery rishi in his dreams. The lusty prince Vama discovers that he is actually Kama deva – The God of love and passion who was reduced to ashes by the fire emitted from the third eye of Lord Shiva. Rati, wife of the slain Kamadeva undergoes hard meditation to restore her love back to life. On blessings of Lord Shiva, Kamadeva reincarnates as Pradyumna, the son of Lord Krishna and Rukmini.
But a demon Kaalasura abducts the infant Pradyumna to seek a revenge on Lord Krishna. After realizing that he is actually Kamadeva reborn as son of Lord Krishna, Vama embarks on a journey to vanquish the cruel demon Kaalasura and reunite with his parents. But Vama has to face several heart breaking defeats from Kaalasura before he could actually slay the demon. How Vama transforms himself into a courageous warrior is best to be read in the novel ‘Praydumna- son of Krishna written by Usha Narayanan.
This mythological novel is full of action packed sequences which will thrill you from start to finish. The role of Lord Garuda in helping Pradyumna win the war is the most exciting segment in the novel. The novel is filled with lot of back stories – origin of Kamadeva, Parshuram’s vengeance on Kshatriyas, curse of Brahma and the real reason behind Abhimanyu’s death. Several Gods and Goddesses play a prominent role in helping Pradyumna slay several demons. But the powerful enemy of Pradyumna is none other than Samba, his own brother who is envious of Pradyumna’s valor and will go to any extent to vanquish him.
According to Narada’s prophecy, one of Lord Krishna’ son will bring an end to Yadu clan. Will Narada’s prophecy turn true? Who will be the destroyer of Lord Krishna’s glory? Is it Pradyumna or Samba? To know more, you have to read Pradyumna – son of Krishna.
A sequel to this book is soon to hit the bookstores this July. I highly recommend this book to the readers who have penchant for fantasy and mythological novels. If you loved reading Shiva Trilogy, then you will definitely like Pradyumna.