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Deciphering Mythology – Guest Post by Piyusha Vir

Piyusha Vir

 Piyusha Vir

Couple of weeks back, I had posted my Book Review of “Dashavatar: Stories of Lord Vishnu” authored by Piyusha Vir. Here is the link to the post:

http://anupamadalmia.com/2020/01/13/book-review-dashavatar-stories-lord-vishnu-piyusha-vir/

Piyusha Vir was gracious enough to write this brilliant, insightful and incisive post for my blog on deciphering mythology. Hope you enjoy reading it, as much as I did. Do pick up her book if you haven’t already!

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It is true that the Hindu mythology, especially the two epics written, are among the greatest pieces of literature that exist in India. They have captured the imagination of a gigantic number of writers, painters, lyricists, film-makers, and of course, the audience.

It isn’t without reason that we just can’t have enough of these mythological stories. The relevance, truth, and contextual interpretations contained in them cannot be denied. The stories hold meaning even today, thousands of years later. And yet, we have no idea who wrote these stories and how they got passed on with such unfailing regularity.

While we do believe that Valmiki and Vyasa were the original creators, the fact is no such archaeological proof exists that it is they who deserve the full credit. If the events actually did occur, it would make them a part of history and not mythology. Besides, facts don’t have different versions. The many different takes and versions that exist for our epics are enough to make one’s head reel. There is one section of society that believes that the events did actually occur and find corresponding evidence to corroborate those claims. I personally feel these are nothing but the result of someone’s outstanding creativity and imagination.

Book Review: Dashavatar – Stories of Lord Vishnu by Piyusha Vir

Dashavatar

Author: Piyusha Vir

Published By: Readomania

Purchase Link on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.in/Dashavatar-Stories-Vishnu-Piyusha-Vir/dp/9385854860/

Review

You are anxiously waiting for the announcement of the next book from an author. The day finally arrives. You are delighted, only to realise that the book is written in a genre you rarely read. I might be going against the tide here, but mythology has never piqued my interest. I watched Ramayan and Mahabharat as a child on television because it was a family ritual. Whatever I know about this subject is based on the tidbits I heard from my grandparents and parents during my growing years. For me, it was about bonding through story-telling rather than my curiosity to delve further into this space.

However, something within prompted me to pick up “Dashavatar: Stories of Lord Vishnu” with an open mind and I am more than glad I did. This book is author Piyusha Vir’s second outing as a solo author and I am amazed at the leap she has taken – as a writer, as an observer and as a thinker. As is already evident from the title, Dashavatar is a collection of 10 short stories – each dedicated to an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Among the 24 avatars, the author has chosen to write about the 10 avatars which have captured the interest of human race the most.