Historical fiction is a prized genre, not a cup of everyone, because these stories are neither contemporary nor easy to connect. If one fails in fixing the merging of imagination and research work, a disastrous result ensues. Anyway, some of my historical fiction writers are Alex Rutherford, C.J. Sansom, Bernard Cornwell, Susanna Gregory, and a few more that I would list out somewhere else, not in this post.
I really liked Alex Rutherford for writing Mughal based fiction series. I loved it. The rest of the authors are also brilliant, but they write about their countries or Europe, I mean not the Indian history. I like reading about history, especially early civilizations and primitive cultures and their zeitgeist. For India, I have read non-fiction books by academic writers and since a long time I was on a lookout for an Indian author who could produce a historical fiction hassle freely. Happy to announce that I got one such novel – Seeking Greens: The Lost Trident by Mishthi Arun.
I read the book on Kindle. It was of optimum length, so there is no question of boredom. The novel is about a curse that has gripped the Indus civilization. The rivers like Saraswati supporting the civilization have been running dry, there is no rain. Upon reading further, I got to know that once a trident was placed in the river Saraswati by a genius priest, who was also a staunch devotee of the lord Shiva.
But, out of greed, a junior priest gives that trident to some traders of Mesopotamia. Since then the curse begins and the area around rivers begin turning brown or yellow instead of green, as there is no rain or perennial river. The weather at the top of the Himalaya has also changed. After much discussion, one of the priests, whose ancestors were at fault, explains the reason behind the curse, and also tells about a solution.
Then the adventure kicks off. Three men namely, Shivendu, Aagneya, and Abhinivesh get on a voyage to find out the lost trident. But before that they have to find the missing prong of the trident as well. After their journey, the novel’s story comes to a different backdrop, which is enigmatic and cruel in nature. These three adjust somehow, use brains, and fight with least bloodshed in order to get that trident. Were they successful or not? Pick up the book to know more?
The novel is good and looks promising for a historical fiction lover. I enjoyed the lucid description and adventure part. But there could have been more romance and conspiracies in the novel; somehow I felt that the author kept the story a little easy on nerves. That’s as good as bad! For new readers, it is a boon. And for someone like me, it was a bit haste and juvenile. Overall, I enjoyed the book, as it was too fresh and innovative. Understanding the title of the novel is indeed calls for some intuition and courage. A sequel is on the way, hopefully looking forward to it.
Interested one may buy the book from Amazon. I would like to give it 4 **** out of 5.