Category Archives: Mystery

The legend of Ankor Wat

This is a post I intended to write for a long time now. I came know about the place Ankor wat from the book Judas Strain(Please find the review of the same here). The mystery that time has created is something all of us would awe  at. After the world was created What happened ? None of us know that. But subsequently there was evolution, cells began to form, then the amphibians up to mammals. The events that happened in our world is spread across the time. Sometimes there is a loss of information from one generation to another.

Angkor Wat from north

 Ankor wat was a Hindu temple that later in time became a Buddhist temple. The temple was built in 12th century by the King Suryavarman. The temple was built in Cambodia by a Indian (Tamil) King. The presiding deity is Lord Vishnu. This served as the capital of the Khmer Empire. The mystery history creates has a kick for itself. Trying to unravel or  rather understand the similarities of the architecture and how a Tamil king was able to build a temple in some place other than the Indian sub continent.

In this process of unraveling the mystery , I happen to learn more about Ankor wat. The name of the temple was not found but the archeologists guess that it could have been Varah Vishnu Lok. My indulgence in knowing more about this place is that the statue of deity Vishnu has eight arms, Ashta Bujam. There is a temple in Kanchipuram named Ashtabhujakaram. There is tight similarity between both the temples. This not only proves that there was trade between the other world and Indian kings but it also indicates about the cross cultural acceptance that existed even before the IT companies started training their prospective onsite traveling employees.

Angkor wat inside

The temple is representation of Mount Meru just like the Thanjavur Brihadeshwara Temple. Another intriguing fact about this temple. Someway once I finished reading this book Judas Strain I wondering about the place Ankor Wat.

This would probably be my first post in the legend series. Many more to come. Wish I visit all these places that inspire me to write.

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Book Review – The Cuckoo’s Calling

thecuckooscallingBook Name – The Cuckoo’s Calling

Author – Robert Galbraith

ISBN – 0316206846

My Rating – 2.5/5

Here is my first entry for The Eclectic Reader challenge 2015 for the category PI Crime. This is Private investigation crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling written by Robert Galbraith. There were  list of other options that came to my mind for this category, first of all was Sherlock Holmes the classic but somehow the pseudo named Author Robert Galbraith has a famous other name, which intrigued me into choosing this book. Yes JK Rowling it is. Hence I thought I ll give this book a try for the mentioned category PI Crime.

The book is about the death of a celebrity supermodel Lula Landry. The investigation is given to Cormoran Strike a private detective by Lula’s brother John Bristow. Mr Strike happens to get a new assistant for the given case, Robin. Cormoran, an Ex Army person and Robin, has a keen eye for logic and detail. They are the main characters involved in the book. Although there a few other characters in the book who add completeness to the murder mystery plot.

Mr Strike as an investigator meets all the witness of the case in person. He does not hide the fact that the case is being re investigated or who has paid him to investigate, from the witnesses. The approach was quite straight forward most of the time. Although I found some of the interrogation a little bit dragging, there were a lot of keen take away points that would be helpful in solving the case. For example, the make up artist Bryony Radford was a dyslexic person. This could be a negligible fact but at last it comes out as the main witness in the case.

Overall it was fast paced novel, mostly the second half keeps you thrilled.I enjoyed the final chapters of the book where Mr Strike reveals the murderer and intentions of the murderer. I have tried my level best not letting out any spoilers. But the revelation of the murderer came in as a shock to me too :P. Do give this book a try and find out the murderer yourself. Happy Reading !!

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