God of the Sullied

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God of the Sullied
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AuthorGaurav Sharma
CountryIndia
LanguageEnglish
SubjectNovel
GenreFiction, Historical Fiction
PublishedThink Tank Books
Publication date
2018
Media typeBook
Pages240 pages
ISBN978-81-9362-044-1

God of the Sullied is a historical (mythological) fiction book written by Gaurav Sharma. The book would have a sequel, Long Live the Sullied.[1] God of the Sullied is set in the ninth-century Indian state of Rudraputra (fictional location). Several rejections of this book's manuscript resulted in the creation of the book The Indian Story of an Author, a symbolic protest by Gaurav Sharma.[2][3]

Publication[edit]

The first edition of God of the Sullied was published in September 2018 by Think Tank Books, a Delhi-based publishing house.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

God of the Sullied is a story about an underachieving, innocent and supposedly cursed child, who in the end, conquers the world and demolishes the evil. The story revolves around ninth century India, just after the sudden demise of Adi Shankaracharya - a time when a unique and exotic Ikshavaku tribe lives somewhere in Rudraputra. Their scion, Eklavya, as per the predictions of a high priest, will take birth with a purpose of demolishing the evil from the earth. The child is declared mystic. However, he would later be clutched in the hands of Kali, the darkness.[5]

A storm hits this part of the world a day before the birth of Eklavya, claiming many lives. Soon after Eklavya’s birth, his mother dies, and a series of unfortunate events follows. The village deemed the child as sullied and cursed. Eklavya’s father loses his sanity after all this, and his grandmother dies mysteriously. Eklavya is forced to leave the village. He tries to end his life by taking a plunge into the mighty Ganges, but a stranger saves his life by asking his way to the cemetery. Eklavya and that stranger become friends. The stranger offers Eklavya a job in the cemetery. Upon reaching there, Eklavya finds an old man who, as per the stranger, is his father. The stranger disappears in the morning. The old man reveals that he never had any child. Eklavya is baffled and wonders about the stranger.

As days pass by, Eklavya starts sharing a bond with the old man and helping him maintain the cemetery. Everything was going fine until one day Eklavya finds his father dead and brought over to the cemetery for cremation. Weak and thrashed from inside, Eklayva decides to go back to his village, where he was outcast from, after being deemed as sullied. Before he could go there, the high priest came to meet him in the cemetery. It is during a heated conversation that the high priest revealed that he had some hidden motives against Eklavya and his father, and that he was the reason behind Eklavya’s mother’s and grandmother’s death. Seeing the high priest repent his deeds, Eklavya let him go alive.

Eklavya, after few days, leaves the cemetery and the old man, and goes out to find the truth of life. Soon, he attains higher consciousness. During his adulthood, Eklavya trains an entire village to fight against bandits, finds a girl who earlier had saved him from being killed by a tribe, witnessed the death of the old man and eventually, the girl killed by the bandits. It is then revealed that the high priest had become the Chief Minister of the state of Rudraputra and to pay back the cost of his spared life, he helps Eklavya become the King of Rudraputra. Eklavya in his kingship improves the socio-economic condition of his country. And hence, the prophecies of him conquering the world and ending Kaliyuga made before his birth became true.

Reception[edit]

  • The New Indian Express called this book "the kind of book you should curl up, with a hot cup of coffee on your bedside table."[6]
  • United News of India commented, "The moment you think you can predict the next chapter of the book, dramatic twists that Sharma cohesively puts into this novel will leave you flabbergasted." [7]

Main characters[edit]

  • Eklavya, protagonist
  • Vyas, father of Eklavya
  • Sumati, mother of Eklavya
  • Maha-Purohit, high priest of the province of Rudraputra
  • Maha-Mantri, chief minister of the state
  • Mohammad (enigma)
  • Old Man (name unknown)
  • Tara, a tribal girl
  • Acharya Virbhadra
  • Acharya Kaushal
  • Acharya Bhushan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "God of the Sullied: A tale of Kismet and Karma in Kaliyuga". United News of India. 30 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Rejection the reason behind me creating my new book, says Gaurav Sharma". Deccan Chronicle. 4 August 2018.
  3. ^ "My experiments with the truth of publishing, Gaurav Sharma's new book". The New Indian Express. 31 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Stay true to your story". Free Press Journal. 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ "लेखक गौरव शर्मा का उपन्यास 'गॉड ऑफ़ द सलीड' हुआ प्रकाशित". Dainik Bhaskar. 20 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Of Kismat, Karma and Kaliyuga". The New Indian Express. 6 November 2018.
  7. ^ "God of the Sullied: A tale of Kismet and Karma in Kaliyuga". United News of India. 30 September 2018.