Title: History Revisited
Author: Nishant Joshi
Publisher: Frog Books
Nishant Joshi’s ‘History Revisited’ is a story about three friends – Nishant, Suraj and Sachin – who are construction workers earning ninety rupees a day. While returning from work one day they see a clay tablet lying in the middle of the road. Curiosity gets the better of them and they are transported in time when they start inspecting the object. They find themselves trapped in the thirty-fifth century B.C. where they undergo a series of near death adventures. The trio is caught in the crossfire between two warring dynasties – the Angrasyas and the Brihadrathas. They attest the plight of the princess of the Angrasya dynasty – Rajkumari Samriddhi and resolve to unite her and her new born baby with her husband, Rajkumar Brihatkarman, the prince of the Brihadratha dynasty.
The protagonists learn that in order to return to the present time they need a device called samay locator and in a quest to find it they discover fantastic weapons such as a sword that can throw multiple lightning bolts, a bow-staff that can be augmented as needed, the magical balls that can initiate a 20-second black hole and the most important of all, the hasth-yantra which once worn on the hand gives Nishant a number of superhuman abilities. They also stumble upon various elixirs that help them find their way back home.
The final stand is between the three friends and a demonic sorcerer Ajay who wields his black magic to annihilate an entire dynasty.
The writing style is average and so is the story. There are just too many loopholes in the narration. For me, the story didn’t work out but I’m sure some readers will find it interesting and worth a read. All said, it can't be denied that the story demanded to be told.
"I am a final year engineering student of Electronics and Telecommunication at Mumbai University. I was born in Lucknow, U.P and since my father had a transferrable job, we migrated to various cities. From Lucknow to Bhubneshwar, then to Kanpur, then Delhi, then again Lucknow and then, finally to the city of dreams Mumbai. I have grown in an era that was full of science fiction elements be it television cartoons like Shaktiman and Dragon Ball Z, films like Spiderman and Star Wars or the never ending list of science fiction computer games. Seeing this, I was greatly inspired by them but was unhappy about not finding anything as such in my own country except a handful of such things but which were completely restricted only to epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Would you call them Science fiction!?! Therefore, I set out on my journey to pen down sci-fi novels since our country is literally void of it. Even if you see other countries, the biggest business comes out of science fiction be it novels, films or computer games as compared to India where love and romance is the only thing. Lame isn't it!!! The taste of especially the youth of our country is very different and the wise will see that it's bending towards science fiction. Thus, I feel impelled to contribute as much as possible to science fiction which is going to be the landmark and milestone of the present and the coming future."
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