Thundergod – The Ascendance of Indra- book review

One day a prince from one of the four great tribes will unite the sons of Aditi and he will sow the seeds of an empire that will rule the world.’


Title: The thundergod
Publisher: Westland
Author: Rajiv Gopalakrishnan
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 9381626979
No. of Pages: 384


For first time I am being elated doing this review, as I got hold of the unedited version of the book. Does that mean I am going to look for mistakes or errors, naaa.. I t means I am going to be one of the few who get to read the first copy of the book without anything being cut down or added on or revised to please others.

The characters:

Indra– a boy who rises to be king and later befalls to be GOD.

Sachi– childhood friend of Indra, who ties knot with him

Mitra– a sage, a watchful warrior who guides Indra

Varuna, Agni, Vayu, Soma–  oath taken blood bothers of Indra.

The story is about Indra who was born of a prophetic union between the Earth Goddess Gaia and Daeyus, chief of the Devas. Indra is brought up a orphan, because of the unidentified mother and father who is killed in a war.

Indra grows up in tribal community, under the sage Mitra. .Agni, Vayu, Varuna and Soma and Indra are trained under Mitra as brothers. All of them united, work to conquer the unmapped lands and become the king.

Indra kills Pusan, son of Vasu who was his guardian to become the kind of Deva’s . Vasu also get killed accidently. Till then, Sachi, Vasu’s daughter who is engaged to Indra marries him only to complete her duty. The childhood friends Indra and Sachi are together only to give a heir.

Indra is out on campaign defeating various kings and acquiring kingdoms, Indra continues his campaign and eventually attains god hood and rises to the heavens. But how is the story about.

The author is adept at sketching the known characters interestingly and keeps the proceedings gripping with a twists and turns with regular dose of wars and fights intervened with sex in between the pages. The book is more like mythology rediscovered with addition of lots of eroticism, becomes mundane of the Apsara’s who are available there for. The way the warfare, chariots and other gears used, carved are described beautifully.

Well researched theories of ancient Greek, Indian and Norse mythology. When you read the book, you find various characters from them, and the way he has linked up is really enthralling.

A perfect blend of the stories we learnt in our childhood about Deva’s, Asurasa and the Amrit. It is new look on how Indra raised to become the “ Thundergod”.

I liked the way the character Sachi is etched. That were you find both beauty and brains together with arrogance and dutiful wife. The transformation of love to hatredness is well depicted with the right context.

Though narrative is slow at the beginning yet gripping till end. I am sure it will make its name in the bestsellers.

About the author:

Before setting out on a writing career, Rajiv Gopalakrishnan was an actor, occasional screen writer, traveler and a beach bum. A voracious reader since childhood, he was fascinated by stories and characters from Indian, Greek and Norse mythology.  Thundergod was born as a result of this fascination

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10 thoughts on “Thundergod – The Ascendance of Indra- book review

  1. Though it is a work of fiction, The Krishna Key is based on sound research as is reflected from the odd list of 135 items of literature, Audio and Video, as enumerated in the Reference and Acknowledgements Section, which is given after the end of the story in the book. Moreover despite the disclaimer given by Sanghi that the historical and depicted images in the book are not accurate, yet they are convincing and thought provoking for the layman and the intellectual. We are thankful for the literary outcome of the immense research done by Sanghi.

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