There's poetry in his moniker, there must be a trace in his novel. Indeed, Vamsee Juluri's 'The Mythologist' is a delightful, poetic read. Set in the film studios of Madras, and then in the America before the attack on the Twin Towers, 'The Mythologist' is in essence about ‘losing too much, too soon.’
Young Parshuram is at the threshold of fame, Big Grandfather has cast him in the legendary biopic, Lord Krishna. Much after the anticipation of fame begins to overcome him, and long before the actual film shooting begins, Parshuram experiences his life’s greatest tragedy. Lord Krishna, the film, never kicks off, and is never made. The Industry has betrayed.
As tragedies go, Parshuram never really recovers. His life entwines with wheeler-dealer AK, her character cleverly crafted in a mesh of mystery and lies. He lands in America, battles with failure, truth and the quest for power, until at last a glimmer of hope emerges.
‘The Mythologist,’ is fine storytelling, delving into thought, character, and snatches of grey. A tale of delusions, ‘The Mythologist’, confounds myth and reality. While the sub-section on Myth is passable, the rest of ‘The Mythologist,’ is deliciously different; frightening and intriguing in its intricacies.
Get this. You will come out part enchanted, part disheartened and mostly with an interesting story to tell.
The Mythologist, by Vamsee Juluri, published by Penguin India, Rs 299