Sundari Venkatraman’s Matsya: The First Avatar; A Book Review.




Format: Kindle Edition

Print Length: 38 pages

Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) (11 March 2018)

Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Language: English



Lord Brahma is highly disturbed when the four vedas are stolen from him the moment he goes to sleep at the end of the kalpa. It’s Asura Hayagriva who’s gotten away with the sacred scriptures.
Lord Vishnu offers to go to the creator’s rescue and takes the guise of Matsya, the fish.
King Satyavrath lands up with a tiny gold fish when he’s offering prayers to the Sun God one morning. Is the fish all that it appears to be?

How can Satyavrath help the fish?
Read more to find out the reason for Lord Vishnu taking the avatar on earth as Matsya.
This is a straightforward story of the first avatar of Mahavishnu, retold in simple English just the way it’s written over the ages. The target audience is the youngsters, children, who don’t know all that much about Indian mythology. It’s also for those parents who are keen to read aloud stories to their children and are looking for suitable books on mythology.

Know the author
This is the first foray into the mythology genre for the author and also the first book that she’s written for children.
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 28 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

The Review

Sundari Venkatraman knows her craft and most importantly  she is aware of the target audience. In the year 1996 , I was travelling to Madras for an eye check up in Shankar Netralaya and kid sitting opposite to me in Coromondal Express , handed over a copy of Amar Chitra Katha , that was an unique feeling and while going through this book , I felt it once again.

In an age of over the top animated films on Indian Mythology , this book comes up as an delightful experience. The story focuses upon Vishnu’s first avatar as Matsya(fish) upon this earth and the narrative follows the exploits of Fish Avatar. Sundari Venkatraman keeps the narration simple with tight editing and perfect chapterization. Kids and the young teenagers will love it. I was waiting to read the prequel of Kurma: The Second Avatar , while it focused upon Samudra Manthan , this too deals with a crisis where the best resort for help is Lord Vishnu. He incarnates as a Fish and helps the Devas from the ultimate crisis i.e. the loss of Vedas.

The story shifts from Devalok to the Martyalok and Vishnu’s takes the form of a small gold fish and the amazing story in the palace of the Satyavrath unveils. What follows next, is up-to the readers to find out. Experience the fantastic tale of Vishnu Puran in the global language and the craftsmanship of Sundari Venkatraman. Unlike the successor, which I believed to be a great take on re-telling of Indian Mythology , this one is much better. I’m waiting for the third one of the series.



Cover Design

The Characterisation of Hayagriva and Satyavrath

The simple plot-line and crispy editing



Ratings- 8.5/10

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