Thursday, December 3, 2015

Guest Post - The birth of the Krishna Trilogy and why it has been treated differently - Jagmohan Bhanver

 About the book

The man who became a Brahmarishi...
The curse that banished him to the hell of hells...
And the revenge that threatens to destroy the three worlds...

When Lord Brahma, the God of Creation, banishes his star pupil from Swarglok in a fit of rage, he does not foresee that his decision will alter the fate of the three worlds. Mortally wounded, and anguished at Brahma's unfair punishment, his pupil struggles to survive in TamastamahPrabha, the hell of hells. In time, he becomes the Dark Lord, the most feared figure in PataalLok, who swears to destroy Brahma.

The power of the Dark Lord soon begins to make its presence felt in the mortal world. Vasudev, the brave prince of Bateshwar, becomes the hunter of Asura assassins; his closest friend, Kansa, almost dies while trying to save his sister from a group of deadly monsters; and the most valiant kings in Mrityulok turn over to the dark side, driven by forces beyond their control.

Only one person threatens the Dark Lord's well-laid plans - Devki, the beautiful princess of Madhuvan, who is destined to give birth to the warrior Krishna.

Will the Dark Lord allow Krishna - the person who has been prophesied to destroy him - to be born?

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The birth of The Krishna Trilogy and why it has been treated differently from every other book on Krishna.

I come from the land of Krishna, ie.UP and have spent most of my childhoodthere. Which is why I was introduced you to his legend at a very early age. Moreover, with the name like Jagmohan, it was natural to be jestingly commented on during my childhood years, that I was behaving like Krishna as I was his namesake. This subconsciously brought me very close to the subject of Krishna from a very early age. As when I grew older and read more about Krishna, I realized there was far more to him than we made it out to be which eventually led to my resolution to research Krishna as a subject.
This is when I took a sabbatical from my banking career in 2004, and started reading whatever material I could find on Krishna, including Vedic texts that date back thousands of years.I soon realized that the story of Krishna as we know it could well be a myth. That there is a possibility that the actual story might in fact have been so terrifying that history was compelled to hide the truth. And then again, when we are talking of time dating back thousands of years, who can be certain where fact ends, and fiction begins. This led to the idea of The Krishna Trilogy.

When I started off, I had a two-fold objective: One, to tell my version of the truth! And secondly, to narrate it in a way that can appeal to the young of our country.A majority us have lost interest in our culture because the way our old stories are narrated has not changed over time. Our children are happy reading about Greek mythology and Roman characters because those stories are written and narrated in a contemporary manner. All books in the Krishna trilogy have been written in a manner that it excites the readers and encourages them to take pride in our culture. Another reason for retelling Krishna’s story is that until recent years, it was the natural responsibility of grandparents to imbue the young with a sense of their culture. With families getting increasingly fragmented, tales told to children earlier by older members now require another medium to do so. The change in family structures has compelled writers like me to re-tell our ancient stories, blending research with imagination.

While a lot has been said and written about Krishna, the fact is that almost every book ends up telling us the same routine story of Krishna as we know it from childhood. Every book in the market shows Krishna either as a childhood prankster or later on as the friend of the Pandavas; the fact remains, that those are relatively insignificant aspects of Krishna’s life.

The Krishna trilogy (starting with The Curse of Brahma) provides an entirely different rationale for Krishna’s birth on earth. Moreover, it also includes that part of his life (From the age of fifteen till the time he makes his entry during the Mahabharata) that no one has written or spoken about till date. And perhaps most interestingly, the trilogy shows Krishna as a mortal who earned the right to be called a God rather than someone who was born divine. Every character in the book – irrespective of how much has been written about them earlier – has been characterized differently, and been provided shades of grey. This not only makes them more credulous but in my humble opinion lends each character a different persona that defines them. Reading the trilogy therefore, will be like experiencing Krishna in an entirely new light.

About the author

Executive Coach & Leadership Mentor to CEOs
Jagmohan is rated amongst the Top 20 Executive coaches in the world. He is referred to as the “Mentor’s Mentor” in corporate circles and has mentored Industry leaders, celebrity entrepreneurs, media people and CEO’s at leading organizations. In the International speakers circuit, he is rated among the most powerful speakers in Asia and one of the most popular Asian speakers across the globe by the Worldwide Speaker’s Bureau.
His latest paper on “leaders as super motivators” has been finding takers in various corporate houses globally and has also been introduced in top B-schools as part of management lessons for executive MBA’s.

Educationist & Public service
Jagmohan is the winner of the Indian Achiever’s Award for Excellence in Education in 2009. He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award for outstanding individual achievements and distinguished services to the nation. Subsequently, he was also the recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award. He is also the recipient of the Shiksha Bharati Award.

Internationally best-selling author
Jagmohan’s first book (self help genre) titled "Get Happy Now" was on the best selling lists of most countries and on the Top ten list of leading bookstores in India. His second book, titled "Think your way to Millions" which is on the subject of Behavioral Finance was nominated for the best non-fiction award by Hutch-Crossword in India. This is one of the few books on behavioral finance. His third book was titled “Nadella – The Changing Face of Microsoft.” This book was published by Hachette, the largest publishers in the world. Jagmohan’s latest book is part of a three-volume trilogy on Krishna and is considered as the most awaited book in 2015. It is titled, “The Curse of Brahma.” 

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