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600 BC…. Three Hundred years after the epochal Mahabharata War... India is still haunted by the shadows of the devastating conflict of the Kuru cousins, which almost destroyed the entire land.... The epicentre of power has now shifted to the kingdom of Vrij, situated on the northern banks of the Ganga, ruled by an ambitious king who would not stop at anything to lay his ha 600 BC…. Three Hundred years after the epochal Mahabharata War... India is still haunted by the shadows of the devastating conflict of the Kuru cousins, which almost destroyed the entire land.... The epicentre of power has now shifted to the kingdom of Vrij, situated on the northern banks of the Ganga, ruled by an ambitious king who would not stop at anything to lay his hands on the most powerful weapon of the Mahabharata age... Soaring ambitions have once again brought the ancient civilisation on the dark brink of another full-scale war.... Against this backdrop, a warrior princess is set to change the political legacy of Ancient India – guided by her destiny... and a phenomenal man, who lived three hundred years before her... A man who is considered God today, but whose greatest contribution lies buried below layers of ancient history... And buried below these very layers, lies the story of this warrior princess, who unravelled the mystery of His code – an eternal way to establish dharma in Bharat... Will the princess change the way kingdoms in India are ruled? What is the destiny of Bharat?


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600 BC…. Three Hundred years after the epochal Mahabharata War... India is still haunted by the shadows of the devastating conflict of the Kuru cousins, which almost destroyed the entire land.... The epicentre of power has now shifted to the kingdom of Vrij, situated on the northern banks of the Ganga, ruled by an ambitious king who would not stop at anything to lay his ha 600 BC…. Three Hundred years after the epochal Mahabharata War... India is still haunted by the shadows of the devastating conflict of the Kuru cousins, which almost destroyed the entire land.... The epicentre of power has now shifted to the kingdom of Vrij, situated on the northern banks of the Ganga, ruled by an ambitious king who would not stop at anything to lay his hands on the most powerful weapon of the Mahabharata age... Soaring ambitions have once again brought the ancient civilisation on the dark brink of another full-scale war.... Against this backdrop, a warrior princess is set to change the political legacy of Ancient India – guided by her destiny... and a phenomenal man, who lived three hundred years before her... A man who is considered God today, but whose greatest contribution lies buried below layers of ancient history... And buried below these very layers, lies the story of this warrior princess, who unravelled the mystery of His code – an eternal way to establish dharma in Bharat... Will the princess change the way kingdoms in India are ruled? What is the destiny of Bharat?

30 review for The Rigveda Code

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vikalp Trivedi

    AMAZING is the one word to describe this book . Kept me engaged and spellbound . A great fast paced story with thrilling elements and a beutiful style of narrating the story in a simple way. The pace of the book is maintained throughout the book and , which in my opinion is an achievement for a debutant author. Chief protagonist Princess Rikshvi's character is the most powerful female protagonist characters I have ever read. Yes it is true that the book is of now famous mytho historic genere yet AMAZING is the one word to describe this book . Kept me engaged and spellbound . A great fast paced story with thrilling elements and a beutiful style of narrating the story in a simple way. The pace of the book is maintained throughout the book and , which in my opinion is an achievement for a debutant author. Chief protagonist Princess Rikshvi's character is the most powerful female protagonist characters I have ever read. Yes it is true that the book is of now famous mytho historic genere yet it is a refreshing treat to read. It will be unjust to revel more . A splendid debut by Rashmi .Great read. A must read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abhinav

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book opens up with Krishna leaving his most treasured artefact to the Pandavs. The artefact awaits the arrival of a person with a unique ‘Rajayoga’. This is the central peg around which the book’s plot revolves. Three hundred years after the Kurukshetra war, Rikshavi, the princess of the kingdom of Vrij, grows up in a rather politically unstable Bharatkhanda, erstwhile India. Rikshavi grows up with a strong character under the tutelage of several mentors. Destined to bring about a change to th The book opens up with Krishna leaving his most treasured artefact to the Pandavs. The artefact awaits the arrival of a person with a unique ‘Rajayoga’. This is the central peg around which the book’s plot revolves. Three hundred years after the Kurukshetra war, Rikshavi, the princess of the kingdom of Vrij, grows up in a rather politically unstable Bharatkhanda, erstwhile India. Rikshavi grows up with a strong character under the tutelage of several mentors. Destined to bring about a change to the populace of Bharatkhanda, Rikshavi is shown to excel in archery. She is shown to have cordial relations with the citizens of Vrij from all classes of the society. Trying to prevent the outbreak of a fully-fledged war that might endanger millions of lives, Rikshavi’s mission goes perfectly as she plans. Her efforts bring about an innovation in India that is the first of its kind. The book proves to be very engrossing and fast paced. Recommended for the simple writing style of the author that covers many deep thoughts and actions in subtle use of words. I thank the author for a reviewers’ copy of her book. For the full review, go here: https://themonkeysprings.wordpress.co...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abhishek

    First of all, I would like to thank the author for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The Rigveda Code is a historical cum mythological story which deals with the adventures of the warrior princess Rikshavi who is "destined" to change the political landscape of the country torn by incessant warfare, all fueled by the ambitions of the ruling elite. She encounters treachery and orthodoxy during her quest for the great change but her willpower, equanimity and the support First of all, I would like to thank the author for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The Rigveda Code is a historical cum mythological story which deals with the adventures of the warrior princess Rikshavi who is "destined" to change the political landscape of the country torn by incessant warfare, all fueled by the ambitions of the ruling elite. She encounters treachery and orthodoxy during her quest for the great change but her willpower, equanimity and the support provided by her loved ones especially her mother and husband ensure that she succeeds in her quest of finding the true meaning of "The Rigveda Code" and bringing out a far reaching change in the country. The book majorly deals with story of Rikshavi but has some flashbacks from the Mahabharata which the author assumes occurred 300 years before the timeline of the story. The first scene is that of Rikshavi experiencing an oft repeating dream which transports here back to Kurukshetra. This is an intriguing start and foretells a great secret whose time of revelation has come. Then the reader is transported back to the era of the Kurukshetra War, where some powerful questions are raised by Lord Krishna about the misery faced by many due to the ambitions of few. Then comes the mention of the Kshatriya code and the unique rajayoga which are to play an important part in the rest of the story. After this the story of Rikshavi starts from her childhood. There are many positives about this book. But the biggest has to be the way the various characters are described in this book. This being a women centric book, the characters of the two leading ladies- Rikshavi and her mother Bhairavi are sketched beautifully. The character of Rikshavi develops as she matures with her transforming from a naughty and curious child to a strong leader. There is nothing superhuman about her and she experiences her share of lows and has various doubts about her capabilities but is able to overcome this due to her determination and support from her near and dear ones. This is beautiful because a story of this genre could have easily tempted a first time author to portray its central character as someone who could never fail and do no wrong and would have no need of guidance. Even Bhairavi is portrayed as strong willed woman who overcomes adverse conditions at home and be a pillar of support whenever her daughter needed her. Also the author raises some strong questions about the role of women in society, about how the women were merely treated as pawns in the bigger political game and had to sacrifice according to the dynamic political equations. But then the author also shows how strong willed women were able to change the history even when appearing to play second fiddle to men. The example of Draupadi is quoted who was the woman who bonded the Pandavas and who used her unique position as the chief wife of all the Pandavas to ensure that no cracks appeared in their relationship. Questions are also raised about the greed of the men in power and how they tend to give priority to their personal ambitions over the good of the common people. The greed of Vrijesh, Rikshavi's father and the King of Vrij, is pitted against the prudence of those around him and this leads to a continuous series of wars which heaps misery on many. It is in this light that an interesting take on the Mahabharata War is told in which it is not a war to free the public from oppression or a war of public good as it is made out to be but is a war waged to fulfill the personal ambitions of the two sides. The author describes the relation between the ruling and the ruled in a beautiful manner and the description of the Kshatriya code given in this context is also very beautiful. Lord Krishna's last thought in this regard about the welfare of the people is actually an hint as to what "The Rigveda Code" might be. Even on the philosophical front, many beautiful explanations are given in this book. It is shown how dumbed down humans take the meaning of the verses given in the scriptures literally and are never able to understand the deep and true meaning and never appreciate the fact that the truth has many dimensions and multiple facets. This is especially true in today's age when people fight to prove the supremacy of their faith but ignore that all faiths have the common goal even though the paths may be different. The talks that Rikshavi had with her Acharyas, Rishabh and Vikram are nice and don't bore the reader. The way the petals of the lotus flower and the waters of the coronation pond are linked to the secret of The Rigveda Code is also very good and show the fertile imagination of the author. Another good point propounded is the military theory. The author says that men matter more than the weapons and it is their dedication to the cause which is a major factor in winning a war. This lesson is also true in today's world. The author has described the various places and events beautifully. Even the battles and the strategies are described in a nice way, especially the battle of Kaawar. Nice twists and turns are introduced at the right places in the story which will keep the readers hooked to the book. The flow of the story is very even and at no point will the reader be urged to skip pages even though he will encounter many philosophical conversations between the characters. The only thing I would suggest the author to change is the cover of the book which does not do full justice to the great story inside. All in all, I can say that this book is a nice and compact addition to this genre and surely worth a read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    DNF @ 22% Tedious, trudging prose telling the astonishingly brilliant...in every sense of that word...Mahabharata tale. Sadly uninspired by the glorious source material, the author gives us a worthy focus in Rikshavi, the female royal personage foretold as Krishna's needed savior of the country. Both stars are for that. I am no expert on the epics of Indian history and so hoped to get more of the meat of them into my mental mouth. I was not able to do so with this book. DNF @ 22% Tedious, trudging prose telling the astonishingly brilliant...in every sense of that word...Mahabharata tale. Sadly uninspired by the glorious source material, the author gives us a worthy focus in Rikshavi, the female royal personage foretold as Krishna's needed savior of the country. Both stars are for that. I am no expert on the epics of Indian history and so hoped to get more of the meat of them into my mental mouth. I was not able to do so with this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Murali Ryan

    The Rigveda Code - A Mythological fiction. A story which states about Bharatkhanda (Indian sub-continent) after 300years of kurukshetra war, a message which Lord Krishna leaves to accomplish the new governance to grow up Bharatkhanda well. How that message leads to Rikshavi, A princess of Vrij kingdom then how she accomplishes it. A perfectly blended with history, mythology, love, suspense which connects the reader more with the story of current. The plot made by author for protagonist and lead The Rigveda Code - A Mythological fiction. A story which states about Bharatkhanda (Indian sub-continent) after 300years of kurukshetra war, a message which Lord Krishna leaves to accomplish the new governance to grow up Bharatkhanda well. How that message leads to Rikshavi, A princess of Vrij kingdom then how she accomplishes it. A perfectly blended with history, mythology, love, suspense which connects the reader more with the story of current. The plot made by author for protagonist and lead character Rikshavi is astonish which could be easy way to tell the pains of women from 600BC to now. At the end of breaking out of code or child hood of Rikshavi author gives all the characters a good meaningful play well symbolizes the ancient Indian kingdom their way of ruling and military techniques and their way of educations. Moreover a Mythological story its a perfect page turner reveals twists from first to last which makes easier in no way to feel bored.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dhananjay Mehendale

    The gist - The protagonist takes birth in a war-torn India, 300 years after the Battle of Kurukshetra. Her dreams and their interpretation lead her to unravelling the path to ‘Dharma’; a path orchestrated and encoded by the Lord Himself. Will this strong-willed princess metamorphose the ruling dynasties? Will she redirect the destiny of this nation through the Lord’s code? My take - Very well thought of and written. There is a definite story line which has transcended onto paper beautifully. The The gist - The protagonist takes birth in a war-torn India, 300 years after the Battle of Kurukshetra. Her dreams and their interpretation lead her to unravelling the path to ‘Dharma’; a path orchestrated and encoded by the Lord Himself. Will this strong-willed princess metamorphose the ruling dynasties? Will she redirect the destiny of this nation through the Lord’s code? My take - Very well thought of and written. There is a definite story line which has transcended onto paper beautifully. The book is gripping till the end. The characters are caricatured very well and there is tremendous potential in the plot. What works really well is that the book does not get predictable and keeps the reader interested. There is scope for improvement, no doubt. The flashbacks feel sketchy, given that they’re crucially connected to the book’s premise. Also, I personally expected a more thrilling end, but then, this might be primarily due to the steady build-up which made me raise my expectations many a notch. Possibly, in my opinion, the premise was strong enough for greater attention to detail; there was some more potential to exploit. Nevertheless, this is a brilliant beginning for Rashmi. For a first book, this is an exceptional result. This is a rare genre to start with and comparisons with ‘The Meluhans’ are bound to crop up. Of course, there’s a long way to go till they are caught up with, but in time, we could see Rashmi giving The Scion a run for his money for sure!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pratibha Pandey

    A female central character , mahabharat references and the tale about political changes in Ancient India .. inspired or purely fictional , one can not ever stop wondering or assuming the origins of change in society or the laws as we see it today. The Rigveda Code is a tale of characters so well defined and developed throughout that none shadows the other. The story inspired from a true news clipping does not steer away from its plot anytime. It describes the references and the implications weavi A female central character , mahabharat references and the tale about political changes in Ancient India .. inspired or purely fictional , one can not ever stop wondering or assuming the origins of change in society or the laws as we see it today. The Rigveda Code is a tale of characters so well defined and developed throughout that none shadows the other. The story inspired from a true news clipping does not steer away from its plot anytime. It describes the references and the implications weaving the story into them. I enjoyed this book a lot. Quick , engaging read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Saiswaroopa

    The book has a well conceived philosophical message and is backed by research. The author's labour of love has manifested in the storytelling and the smooth narrative. The ending was beautiful. Plot wise, I personally felt the character of Amogh had a lot more to say and his presence closed down abruptly. Excepting that, the book compelled me to contemplate over multiple aspects of our history and that is exactly what a historical fiction is supposed to do. Good work! The book has a well conceived philosophical message and is backed by research. The author's labour of love has manifested in the storytelling and the smooth narrative. The ending was beautiful. Plot wise, I personally felt the character of Amogh had a lot more to say and his presence closed down abruptly. Excepting that, the book compelled me to contemplate over multiple aspects of our history and that is exactly what a historical fiction is supposed to do. Good work!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pankaj Goyal

    Books based on Indian mythologies are no more limited to comics now. Indian mythological tales are now getting both imaginative retellings and modern makeover. Books based on Indian myths are not only becoming popular among Indian readers, but are also selling like hot cakes. However, a review of available titles based on the Indian Epics and other mythological tales show that a number of these titles are not well-written. I feel that a number of these books do not manage to capture the true sou Books based on Indian mythologies are no more limited to comics now. Indian mythological tales are now getting both imaginative retellings and modern makeover. Books based on Indian myths are not only becoming popular among Indian readers, but are also selling like hot cakes. However, a review of available titles based on the Indian Epics and other mythological tales show that a number of these titles are not well-written. I feel that a number of these books do not manage to capture the true soul of the Indian myths. ‘The Rigveda Code’ by Rashmi Chendvankar can certainly be taken as an exception to that. This book not only captures the true soul of the Indian myths, but also provides you with a gripping storyline. While the author has used Mahabharata to develop the storyline of the book under review, the author beautifully manages to bring forth her own characters. These characters take the readers into their well-crafted world with a brilliantly woven plot. Right from its first page, ‘The Rigveda Code’ takes you into a magnificent world of adventure and romance; love and betrayal; and valour and weakness. And the book delivers beautifully on each of them. The book, as a whole, is simply impressive. Though you find references from the grand epic Mahabharata, the author makes sure that these references do not overwhelm her own plot, which has a beleaguered kingdom, kings and queens, faithful ministers, beautiful princess and a number of consecrated saints. The storyline has a technique that abstains from unnecessary sophistication. At the same time, the storyline is robustly pleasing to the eyes and keeps things ticking space. Rashmi Chendvankar took three years in writing this ambitious book and her efforts certainly haven’t gone in vain. The heart of the book lies in the simple thought that war is not the answer for each and everything. And, on occasions, good may be mightier than evil. The author has woven a wonderful cast of characters. Meticulous attention has been given to develop these characters. Most of these characters shine on the pages. And, most importantly, these characters blend perfectly with the engaging storyline of the book. I am really impressed with the way the character of main protagonist Rikshavi has been dealt in the book. Different shades of her character come out in a brilliant manner. The narration of the story is fast paced and keeps your eyes glued to the pages. The climax is not an extra-ordinary one but ends the book in a satisfactory way. You certainly do not get let down by this ending. The intricate philosophies of the Rigveda have been integrated in the main storyline skillfully. These philosophies do not get in the way of the main storyline. On the other hand, these help in moving the storyline further. The author has researched well as can be seen in the plot. With a unique approach, this book certainly impresses you on several fronts. This book certainly breaks the repetitiveness of the retellings of Indian mythologies and offers something new. Go for it! You will not get disappointed. Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review. Read more reviews on: https://pgalmora.wordpress.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    Abhay Kulkarni

    Modern day storytelling has become so much predictable. What used to be an art has become more of recipe. Authors these days make use of flow-charts, formulae and what not. If you pick a book these days more often than not you can predict the flow of the story. And if not; the author gives you jolts rather than twists. The Rigveda Code is an exception to all that. You feel that the author has actually got a firm storyline in place and all the patience to develop it. The book belongs to the histori Modern day storytelling has become so much predictable. What used to be an art has become more of recipe. Authors these days make use of flow-charts, formulae and what not. If you pick a book these days more often than not you can predict the flow of the story. And if not; the author gives you jolts rather than twists. The Rigveda Code is an exception to all that. You feel that the author has actually got a firm storyline in place and all the patience to develop it. The book belongs to the historical fantasy genre which is on a high at the moment. But the author has not used the mythology as a shield when it comes to building the scenario. The geography as well as characters are developed. The flashbacks have been used to a good effect. The legend of "Mahabharata" has always been enthralling and Lord Krishna has been one of the all-time favourite heroes of every Indian. But the focus has always been on the events during and before the war. The actual war has always been considered as "Dharmayuddha" with Pandav being on the side of Dharm and Kaurav being on that of Adharma. The author places her story in the post war India and takes a bold but logical stand that it's the Kings that care about all such stuff and not a commoner. The protagonist is more interested in the goodwill of the people than ruling. She pretty much puts the social restructuring on the forefront but is shrewd enough as tactician. The antagonist is actually the system which is dire need of change. The gynocentric nature of the story puts more emphasis on the love and bonding between the characters than the practicalities of life which actually is a plus point. The base emotion behind every action is compassion. The genuineness of the Princess seems to be her best virtue. Her strong will and nous for strategy aid her wonderfully in the quest for decoding the Rigveda Code. The other characters are developed to required depth to compliment the Princess with each having enough standing and stature in the story. The character of Prince Amogh though seems to be wasted a bit as he showed so much potential when introduced. The flow of the story is natural and keeps you engaged. The buildup is so enthralling it compels you to read one more chapter and one more after that and so on. The climax is wonderfully orchestrated with the victory from military, strategic, love and philosophical point of view. Also it gives a wondrous glimpse into Indian history and our own ignorance about it. For the sheer experience and uniqueness of the story “The Rigveda Code” is worth reading.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rohit Bandri

    As I was going through the last few pages of this multifaceted book written by the equally multifaceted Rashmi Chendvankar, I could not recollect another work of fiction, or movie for that matter, which has portrayed a strong women protagonist without making her larger than life (implied Goddess, super-heroine flicks) or by showing her being exploited first and then depicting her fightback. In that sense, I think this is a path-breaking book. Although set in a time which is a few hundred years a As I was going through the last few pages of this multifaceted book written by the equally multifaceted Rashmi Chendvankar, I could not recollect another work of fiction, or movie for that matter, which has portrayed a strong women protagonist without making her larger than life (implied Goddess, super-heroine flicks) or by showing her being exploited first and then depicting her fightback. In that sense, I think this is a path-breaking book. Although set in a time which is a few hundred years ago, its message and significance are relevant even today and will always be. An engaging and enthralling read, I can assure that this book would be a treat even for people who are not fond of Mythology or history. It would be unfair to the author if I reveal anything more about the story, so I would just like to say that please go ahead and decrypt this truly compelling code - The Rigveda Code.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vandana Dubey

    "What could be a greater weapon than time? Time continuously destroys and creates" Though the debut by the author @Rashmi_Chendvankar, but it's nothing like debut. Though I read the book thinking that it would also be some kind of Sci-Fi because of it's name and I was sad to know it was nothing like that. But honestly it is worth reading it. I finished in single day not even twelve hours I took to finish it. That doesn't mean I was dyeing to finish but it just kept me bounded. I must say it is a "What could be a greater weapon than time? Time continuously destroys and creates" Though the debut by the author @Rashmi_Chendvankar, but it's nothing like debut. Though I read the book thinking that it would also be some kind of Sci-Fi because of it's name and I was sad to know it was nothing like that. But honestly it is worth reading it. I finished in single day not even twelve hours I took to finish it. That doesn't mean I was dyeing to finish but it just kept me bounded. I must say it is a perfect attempt to picture the Indian mytho-philosophical thoughts. Good job done Rashmi.. Keep giving us such good things to read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shree R

    The story line is well researched. Places and dates quite accurate. A very fresh take on the epic and gave a lot to think about. An intricate weaving of myth, history and fiction. The characters have been beautifully sketched out. The sciences mentioned have been well researched and turned out almost all accurate. The ending was a bit of a surprise. It has the ability to make people wonder. The book could have been slightly more detailed on some of the parts where armies were shown in contention The story line is well researched. Places and dates quite accurate. A very fresh take on the epic and gave a lot to think about. An intricate weaving of myth, history and fiction. The characters have been beautifully sketched out. The sciences mentioned have been well researched and turned out almost all accurate. The ending was a bit of a surprise. It has the ability to make people wonder. The book could have been slightly more detailed on some of the parts where armies were shown in contention. As an archaeologist by training, it made me wonder if only this could happen for real.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nandhini Chandrasekaran

    Full Review @ http://nandhinisbookreviews.blogspot.... The Rigveda Code is an interesting mythological fiction based on the after-effects of the Mahabharata war. The plot centers around Rikshavi, a warrior princess of the Vrij kingdom (in present-day Bihar). Thirty years post the war, Lord Krishna wishes for a new system of governance for the future of Bharatkhanda. However, instead of establishing the new system by himself, he chooses to pass the secret code to the Pandavs’ legacy which the warr Full Review @ http://nandhinisbookreviews.blogspot.... The Rigveda Code is an interesting mythological fiction based on the after-effects of the Mahabharata war. The plot centers around Rikshavi, a warrior princess of the Vrij kingdom (in present-day Bihar). Thirty years post the war, Lord Krishna wishes for a new system of governance for the future of Bharatkhanda. However, instead of establishing the new system by himself, he chooses to pass the secret code to the Pandavs’ legacy which the warrior princess is destined to fulfill. The circumstances that lead Rikshavi, since her birth and childhood, to unfold her destiny form the The Rigveda Code. What stands out throughout the book is the suspense factor. It has a gripping flow that makes it a compelling read. The narration is rather straight forward and does not divert the attention of the readers to the intricacies of anything that’s unimportant. An epilogue describing the background of the archaeological excavation and discussion, enlightens the readers about the subtle conception of The Rigveda Code which was both informative and admirable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Trupti Raswalkar

    It is a fantastic book!! A very novel and unheard theme!! It has something for every type of reader.. a fantastic story.. thrill.. romance.. suspense.. action.. the works!! It beautifully picks up threads from the past and ties them to our present!! A must read!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    ALOP - A Lot of Pages

    Link to the Book Review at ALOP Nimue rates the book 4 stars and says that she loved the writing and the flow of the book, a quick read that broke a spell of a month without reading. Link to the Book Review at ALOP Nimue rates the book 4 stars and says that she loved the writing and the flow of the book, a quick read that broke a spell of a month without reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Roohi Musale

    This was an easy read.Interesting story line and exciting plots. Would recommend it for people who like Indian Mythology but dont like to ponder on too many unwanted details.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Narendra Reddy

    Thanks for such a wonderful book. I fell in love with the line "This world doesn't need another weapon". Thanks for such a wonderful book. I fell in love with the line "This world doesn't need another weapon".

  19. 4 out of 5

    Prachi

    The book starts on a great note with the promise of slow unraveling of the mystery around the hidden meanings of the engraved transcriptions over a bronze plate which has been a legacy of a royal Indian family.Confounded by his seething political ambitions the current ruler seeks the acquisition of a powerful mass destruction weapon once the codes are deciphered. However, only a noble soul born with a rajyoga is destined to find its true meaning. The story is interspersed with a lot of discussio The book starts on a great note with the promise of slow unraveling of the mystery around the hidden meanings of the engraved transcriptions over a bronze plate which has been a legacy of a royal Indian family.Confounded by his seething political ambitions the current ruler seeks the acquisition of a powerful mass destruction weapon once the codes are deciphered. However, only a noble soul born with a rajyoga is destined to find its true meaning. The story is interspersed with a lot of discussions amidst the characters which sheds new light to some of our age old accepted perceptions of certain events in history. The moral and philosophical elements have been brought out well in the book, however I still feel the binding fictional part of the story could have been more engaging.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Archana Dash

    I picked up this book intrigued by its title and its preface. I had high expectations and the book tried its best but honestly was not as captivating as expected. I wish the connection of the story to its backdrop - the Rigveda verse and Mahabharata could have been stronger in some way. More than first half of the book just felt like any story, even without much creative twists and turns or climax. Having said that, the last third of the book was a better read - the events unfolded establishing l I picked up this book intrigued by its title and its preface. I had high expectations and the book tried its best but honestly was not as captivating as expected. I wish the connection of the story to its backdrop - the Rigveda verse and Mahabharata could have been stronger in some way. More than first half of the book just felt like any story, even without much creative twists and turns or climax. Having said that, the last third of the book was a better read - the events unfolded establishing links between all the mysteries and finally the mention of The Licchavi Republic. Even though a fiction, still it's a bit hilarious to relate Rikshavi to Licchavi (Rikshavi pronounced as Licchavi by a kid, still learning to speak)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shreyas Parchure

    Kudos to Rashmi for writing this wonderful book!!!! Although a work of fiction, it captures the scenic, mythological, geographical and classical scenario of that time.... The plot is carefully woven with the right amount of power given to Rikshavi to utterly grip the storyline as well as the reader. Rikshavi is a lovable character right since its introduction. Her growing up with into a beautiful young princess is fascinating. Also the clever reference to Rikshavi and Lichhavi is mind blowing.... Kudos to Rashmi for writing this wonderful book!!!! Although a work of fiction, it captures the scenic, mythological, geographical and classical scenario of that time.... The plot is carefully woven with the right amount of power given to Rikshavi to utterly grip the storyline as well as the reader. Rikshavi is a lovable character right since its introduction. Her growing up with into a beautiful young princess is fascinating. Also the clever reference to Rikshavi and Lichhavi is mind blowing...... Of all the various references in the various books to the legacy left to us by Lord Krishna, this one with a seems quite the most logical to digest.... Waiting for more books to come....

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pooja Sinha

    I am a very big fan of mythology fiction. I got this book with very high hopes. Author has done a good job but the story is predictable. She tries to hero a girl but couldn't do the full justice to it. starting of the story is really good but middle and end portions are dragging. No creativity towards the end. I guess Author should take her own time to finish a novel. Thanks! I am a very big fan of mythology fiction. I got this book with very high hopes. Author has done a good job but the story is predictable. She tries to hero a girl but couldn't do the full justice to it. starting of the story is really good but middle and end portions are dragging. No creativity towards the end. I guess Author should take her own time to finish a novel. Thanks!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vikram Kanse

    Awesome read Such a nice depection of hownthe very first republic in the world was formed. Also, the Last words of lord was expalined really well. If applied appropriately in personal lives, one can really get enlightened

  24. 5 out of 5

    Virinchi

    Straight plit with out too many sub plots The author takes too much time to establish the plot, it's has some decent twists, but no sub plots or suspense. A good quick read Straight plit with out too many sub plots The author takes too much time to establish the plot, it's has some decent twists, but no sub plots or suspense. A good quick read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ambav

    A pleasant read 😊

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aashna

    Empowering. A very gripping story of a princess warrior. A must read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarath Jujar

    Its a good mythological fiction.......nice read...📖

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vinod Hammigi

    The Rigveda Code is awesome book written by Rashmi Chendvankar. I gave this book 4 stars cause this book being genuine history and gives the most important aspect of the era the republic that was first instated in Bharathakhanda would have been even more interpreting of more people and instead of giving out only just passages of various conversations I was expecting even more in depth of values and quotes given by Sri Krishna whom I reverend till date.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashwin

    This was a interesting Read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dean Simons

    There is a reasonable plot buried here, unfortunately it is hidden by cliche and poor language. The kind of thing a good editor would catch and point out. Also the few times I read "chiselled torso/chest", I wanted to throw the book at the wall. There is a reasonable plot buried here, unfortunately it is hidden by cliche and poor language. The kind of thing a good editor would catch and point out. Also the few times I read "chiselled torso/chest", I wanted to throw the book at the wall.

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