‘The Hidden Hindu’ is a story of an Aghori named Om Shastri who is being interrogated by seven experts. He is hypnotized and under narco test reveals some startling facts.
Attributing the popularity of mythology books in the past decade and a half to the fact that most Indians we have grown up either listening to these stories from our grandparents or watching them on television, he says, “Let us admit, it is our mythology and culture that has global interest and binds all our generations – past, present, and future. We are attracted to them as we connect to them much before any exposure to any ‘heroes’ — fictional or real.” In fact, the book is the first part of the trilogy, the second and third of which are already completed. “It has been a rigorous and enchanting journey. I spent six years researching and writing the first part,” says the author. Confident that the visual representation will do full justice to his written word, Gupta says he is optimistic that what will appear on the screen will be close to what he has imagined. “We are on the same wavelength. Of course, I wish to be part of the screenwriting process as I have some written screenplays of several films.”
He feels that while writing is all about thinking, screenwriting and writing a book have one key difference limitation. “While the former is constrained by duration and budget, the latter allows you all the freedom of imagination.” Adding that the OTT boom has been a blessing for writers, he says, “The content on digital platforms is breaking all boundaries and new ideas are encouraged. There is certain acceptability towards novelty,” he concludes.
Religion, mysticism, mythology in context to the contemporary world, a world of imagination, or a world beyond our imagination. The world of Om Shashtri is interestingly complex and fascinating. As the author has said, “On the very first page of the book, Anand Sir has quoted that- An unputdownable work where timeless Hindu mythology meets science fiction.” The book indeed is a perfect match for those who wish to read mythology with a touch of science fiction.
Talking about the plot of the story, Prithvi, a twenty-one-old, is searching for a mysterious middle-aged Aghori, Om Shashtri, who was captured transported to a high-tech facility on an isolated Indian island. When the Aghori was drugged and hypnotised for interrogation by a team of specialists, he claimed to have witnessed all four yugas (the epochs in Hinduism) and participated in the events of both Ramayana and Mahabharta. Om’s revelations of his incredible past that defied the laws of mortality left everyone baffled. The team discovered that Om was in search of other immortals from every yuga. These bizarre secrets, if revealed, could shake up ancient beliefs and alter the course of the future. So, who is Om Shashtri? Why was he captured? Why is Prithvi looking for him? In order to get the answers to these questions, you’ve to read this book.
Om’s revelations of his incredible past that defied the laws of mortality left everyone baffled. The team discovered that Om was in search of other immortals from every yuga. These bizarre secrets, if revealed, could shake up ancient beliefs and alter the course of the future. So, who is Om Shashtri? Why was he captured? Why is Prithvi looking for him? In order to get the answers to these questions, you’ve to read this book.
If you are someone who is ready to accept science fiction stirred with Indian mythology, ‘The Hidden Hindu’ by Akshat Gupta is a perfect match for you.
About the author – Despite being a third-generation hotelier and not really an avid reader during childhood, Akshat Gupta has written five film scripts, and is the author of the forthcoming book ‘The Hidden Hindu’.
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