Book review | Raavanputr Meghnad by Kevin Missal
Author: Kevin Missal
Genre: Mythological fiction
No. of pages: 300
Published by: Simon & Schuster India
Published on: 23rd December 2019
My rating: ★★★★☆
This is the story of the greatest warrior in the Ramayana.
Meghnad was the perfect son of the tyrannical king — Raavan. Ever since his childhood, he was taught one thing: to be ruthless.
Honed by the greatest gurus, Meghnad grew up to be the conqueror of Amravati, the capital of the Devas.
He battled Lord Indra.
He defeated Lord Ram.
But then … he fell in love.
Her name was Prameela and she was a Naga princess. And she knew something that no one did: the truth behind Lady Sita’s abduction.
But this story is not about the Ramayana. This is about the greatest warrior of all time who learned the truth behind the war he was fighting …
And gave up.
The question is — what was that truth?
Bestselling author Kevin Missal brings to you an unforgettable saga about Raavan’s oldest son — the Prince of Lanka — Raavanputr Meghnad!!!
Kevin Missal's standalone novel Ravaanputr Meghnad is a very unique take on the great Epic of Ramayana that we all grew up knowing.
After conquering Indralok, the Kingdom of God's, and rescuing his father, Meghnad comes back to Lanka but soon he is sent to the land of the Nagas to form an marriage alliance by marrying Prameela - the Princess of the Nagas. Meanwhile, Suparnika has tricked her brother Raavan to kidnap Lady Sita.
Soon Ram and Lakshman forms an alliance with Sugreev's vanar sena to fight Raavan's army. But they don't know the truth behind Sita's abduction. Only Prameela and Meghnad knows it. And this truth can bring grave circumstances to Meghnad's life.
This book really surprised me with its plot and narrative. Meghnad is a majorly underrated character in the Ramayana and author Kevin Missal has brilliantly brought forward some of the underrated characters into limelight. We have always know Kumbhakarna as the pot-bellied brother of Raavan who does nothing but sleep, but here in this book Kumbhakarna is the master scientist in Raavan's kingdom - a great advisor to Meghnad and his closest uncle. Even Suparnika makes a not-so-humble appearance in the great epic, but here, Suparnika is a strong and level-headed woman who has her own agenda for Sita's abduction.
Each of these characters stand out from the rest and when these striking characters are put into a concoction of an equally striking plot that is filled with surprises, it can be said that the book has definitely outdid a lot of other mythological fictions.
I love how the author gave some interesting quirks or total changed the personalities of some of the well-known characters of Ramayana. The always-calm Lakshman is a hot-headed character in this book; the fierce and brave Sugreev is drunk and gullible monkey-king here; and Sita... well, she doesn't get much limelight here but I found her quite unlikeable in the book.
The author has also sketched an fascinating relationship between Meghnad and his father. Meghnad's dire need to impress Raavan, following his footsteps just to be acknowledged by his father while bearing criticisms about his father's beliefs and his way of administration explains a lot about Meghnad's personality.
Though there were times while reading the book when I got a bit confused and a teeny tiny bit unenthusiastic because something that the characters did did not make sense to me, I loved the concept of the book. This is one mythological fiction that I'd definitely tell people to read.
Kevin Missal is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. His first book of the Kalki Trilogy, Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu, became a national best-seller and received praise from newspapers such as Millennium Post and Sunday Guardian and was termed as "2017’s mythological phenomenon". The second book in that series Satyayoddha Kalki: Eye of Brahma released in November 2018 to great praise as well, and has been steadily climbing the charts. The third and final book in the trilogy is due later this year. Kevin loves reading, watching films, and building stories in his mind. He lives in New Delhi.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.