The Curse of Kukkutarma by Prateep Roy
Genre: Science fiction + Mythology
The story starts with - punishing the students of class 10th, by a harsh nature teacher. The reason behind punishment is - Someone split the ink on Shirt of a simple & humble teacher. But such hard punishment was prohibited in the school.
The Principal of school, was passing nearby, and he Observed the teacher punishing the Kid. He asked him to stop it. Later, Principal Mr. Brown asked the little boy about his introduction. He introduced himself as Opamanyu Sen. And his mother called him Opu with Love. He is from 6th standard, but he was in the class 10th, as he was aware about the stuff which teachers were teaching in 6th standard.
When he visited to his home, her mother Observed her hand was badly hurt, and she asked him about the reasons. His father Mr. Dwarkanath was trustee of that school. And he said to stop funding the school.
Suddenly, Mr. Father Brown visited to their home and informed his Dad that, they have suspended that teacher for such Karma. Along with it, he told his parents that their son is Prodigy. He has extraordinary skills. His mind is sharp and ahead of the children of his age.
The discussion goes on, and he asked them to reflect over his studies and take suggestions from Jagdish Chandra Bose (1st Indian Scientist, who got Patent). Later, he was sent to London for his education. His father has now high expectations like miracles from his son, as everyone in the surrounding was saying he is brilliant & extraordinary.
During that year, World War 1 broken out, and it effected a lot of things. Though, Opu met Isla and his brother, and tried to execute his ideas and plans with them. This is how, they were able to start the preparation of Atityan (a project for spacecraft model). And all 3 were lost in the project deeply.
This book has a blend of history, mythology, science fiction; hand in hand. The story plot is based in the 1900s and revolves around the prodigy kid Opu and his brilliance about interest in Time traveling.
His dream of inventing a time machine, which can help him to travel back in the past, and met the Bhisma of Mahabharata, and why he died, even when he was blessed by boon. This led him to take his ideas and interest seriously.
The Narration could have been more smooth, if a lot of details (explanation of ancient history details) could have been provided in the end, instead of starting and in mid of chapters. Along, with it, as the book is fiction, so there is not a greater role of research done by Author. Though it's doing great on research based part.
What I Like: I like the theme line & blend of history and mythology, along with the prodigy of Opu.
Recommended: If you like books based on science fiction + Mythology, you may also like this one.
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