1 August 2016 at 12:00:00 am
‘Fantasy allows me freedom to create’
A curious blend of science and myth, Vadhan’s latest novel “Agniputr” highlights the issues of human greed and the conflict between good and evil.
Mythologies and legends have always swayed us holding a special place for both the storytellers and listeners alike. No wonder people despite all forms of entertainment still love to throng the numerous Ramleelas to watch the enactment of the epic finally culminating to the burning of the effigies of Ravan, Meghand and Kumbakaran. Likewise is the case of innumerable devotees who ardently while celebrating Durga Puja recall the Goddess vanquishing the demon Mahishasura.
This inherent strong belief of people in mythologies and legends has spawned several Indian fantasy novels in the last few years.
Just as Samit Basu’s “The Simoqin Prophecies”, “The Manticore’s Secret” and “The Unwaba Revelations” went well with readers so did “The Devourers” the debut novel by Indra Das and Shweta Taneja’s “Cult of Chaos: An Anantya Tantrist Mystery”. Joining this growing tribe writers is Vadhan whose “Agniputr” recently hit the stands.