Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from Karthik K. B. Rao (the author of this book) and Rubina Ramesh (of The Book Club). Thank you guys, for an intriguing read!
TMC by Karthik Rao is how a software engineer would recreate the Mahabharata. The terminology and techniques are all technology.
In a lot of places, the way the author translates mythology into technology is exemplary, certainly a job well done.
The story moves between the protagonist’s past and present, and while the author has made an effort to make a distinction, in some places the transition is confusing.
I thought that the prose stretched a little, especially in about the last 50 pages. In some places, managing the patience to keep reading required effort.
The author uses a decent vocabulary and language, and the book scores well on the editing part too. Except for the frequent repetition of certain phrases, it is a decent effort.
It is apparent that the author has given enough thought to what he’s writing and has done his research well. However, though this is a retelling of the Mahabharata, I got the feeling that the author is more biased towards the Ramayana, a little more in favor of Rama than of Krishna.
If you are a technology buff, you might want to give this one a try. If you aren’t, the story may not really grip you so much, but you might want to read for the sheer beauty of how the author, very imaginatively, swaps mythology with technology.
I’ll give this one a 4/5.