Book Review

Book Review: Brahmahatya by Rajiv Mittal


A story of revenge and redemption and deeds shaped by forces that humans believe they have defined through mythology and scriptures but still struggle to understand.

A woman employee of a retirement home is shocked to discover that a new resident is in fact the son impersonating his father. The son is seeking revenge. She, by her past actions, is unwittingly complicit in his being there and now tries to thwart his peculiar plans. A senile woman-resident and an enigmatic founder offer him sage advice. The samudra manthan (a major episode in Hindu mythology), a slightly dim secretary and a sinister boss play their part in ensuring justice is finally served but in an unexpected manner.

The novel quotes frequently from the ancient Hindu scriptures and stories that the protagonists use to justify their actions. The treatment of the elderly in society is a major theme.


Cover: 4.5/5
Title: 4/5
Blurb: 4/5
Presentation: 4/5
Plot: 5/5

Final Rating: 4/5

The cover looks really amazing. It goes with the story completely, A person is sitting in dress of a Pandit, trying to read a book, most probably a Religious one.

The title “Brahmahatya” is too good, and very well justified by the story. If I explain more, the title is made of 2 words “Brahma + Hatya”, in simple words, it means “Killing of a Brahmin”.

The blurb somehow creates an interest for the story in the mind of the readers.

The protagonist Ravi, impersonates his father in the story, and his thought process is really complicated.

I can tell you, the author must have put in endless hours in his research for sure. The book is full of references from Hindu religious texts.

The narration is quite gripping, as the story keeps on progressing.

I liked how the author has tried to justified all the acts of the characters with enough references.
The Characterization is really good.

You will find many aspects of life in this novel, like revenge, karma, lust, justice etc.

It’s a recommended read for readers who would like to read stories with religious beliefs and education.

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