Decode Hinduism

Dr. Vineet Aggarwal is a doctor by qualification, a manager by profession and author by passion. His literary repertoire extends from politics to poetry, and travel to terrorism, but his favourite genre remains the amalgamation of science and mythology.

His widely-read blog Decode Hindu Mythology has clocked more than two million views from all over the globe. It is a blog to decipher the myths and legends of ancient Hindu/Indian belief systems, and connecting them with various scientific principles. He is also the author of 4 successful books on mytho-fiction published by Penguin Random House – ‘Vishwamitra – the Man who dared to challenge the Gods’, ‘The Legend of Parshu-Raam’ and ‘Bharat – The man who built a Nation’.

His books recreate the stories of the past and make them relatable for the modern urban audience. They also hold an important message for humanity, for they bring to life the stories of ordinary humans, who rose above the confines of physical and mental boundaries to fight the fates and take charge of their destiny.

The Valmiki Ramayan gives a no-holds-barred view of its characters and therefore, can be called a credible source of information about these larger-than-life people from ancient India. Taking inspiration from the original bard, this book intends to bring out the character of each protagonist in the way they had first been portrayed, without glossing over their shortcomings. For those, who have never read the Ramayan before, it would introduce you to the main plot of the greatest epic of all time. For the ones who do know the basic plotline, the book endeavours to acquaint the reader with the lesser known aspects of the story, and help look at this age-old epic with a new set of eyes.

He was born a Kshatriya. He became a Brahmarishi. When Satyavati, wife of Rishi Ruchik, exchanges with her mother, Queen Ratna, the magic potion for bearing a child, they change not just their children’s destiny, but also the history of mankind. Born of this mix-up is Vishwamitra, the son of a Kshatriya, with the qualities of a Brahmin. The duality in his life soon begins to show as he strives to become a Brahmarishi-the ultimate, the most powerful of all Gurus. Vishwamitra is the riveting story of a brave but stubborn, haughty yet compassionate, visionary king of Aryavarta who became one of the most well-known sages of all times.

He was the guru of Bhishma Pitamah… An avatar of Vishnu but a disciple of Shiva… And he shall be the martial guru of Kalki, the last Avatar in this Yuga! When the Chandravanshi emperor Arjun begins expanding his empire to cover the entire world, the Asuras hit back with an insidious plan. Caught in the crossfire is Raam, the son of rishi Yamdagni and scion of the Bhargava clan. Will the machinations of Asura, Naga and Urag tribes affect the Brahmin boy and his family? Will the political intrigues of Nabhi-varsh let Bhargava Raam find his destiny or push him towards a future he never envisioned? This is the story of a man who rose to the level of divinity to establish a fair and just society; the story of the making of a legend…

After Vishwamitra and The Legend of Parshu-Raam, comes the epic saga of the king of Bharatvarsh! The kingdoms of Nabhi-varsh lie scattered in the wake of Parshu-Raam’s assault on corrupt Kshatriyas. While evil has been wiped out from the land, the important task of nation-building remains. In the forest of Naimish-Aranya, the stunned king of Hastinapur watches a young boy play with lion cubs. Who is this fearless child? How does his destiny entwine with that of this ancient kingdom? Will he be able to bring order to the nation and defend it against the invaders lining up at its borders? Reimagined brilliantly, this novel tells the story of the son of Dushyant and Shakuntala, the grandson of Brahmarishi Vishwamitra, the man who changed the destiny of our country and gave it a brand new name-Bharat!

A blog to decode and understand the complex myths of Hinduism and allied mythologies.

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