Monday, 28 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Monday, 14 December 2009
No Spoilers, honestly
For those who thought The Da Vinci Code was the book of the century, get yourself a copy of The Lost Symbol. Just when I thought I was getting used to Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol awed me with its twists and turns. Dan Brown just emulated himself with this work. Sure he has a particular theme to which he always sticks to; the story occurs in a time span of few hours- twenty four at most, the story has a psychotic killer, a nymph, lots of facts, conspiracy theories, and there is always a father figure. The Lost Symbol is no different, but it's far from monotonous. Those who loved The Da Vinci Code will go crazy after this one.
Through Robert Langdon, Dan Brown gives us a sneak peek into the world of Freemasons. He gives a detailed picture of their ideologies and rituals, some of them esoteric as they may seem, nonetheless a picturesque representation of their diversity in terms of subscription from the members of a number of different religions. He claims, in his book, that all the religions of the world (and also science) more or less teaches the same philosophy and although through diverse metaphors and allegories, converges to offer the same wisdom. Dan Brown has integrated the preaching of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Freemasonry, Science, Hinduism, Alchemy, Egypt, Rosicrucian, and-as it seems -every other discipline that ever existed on this earth. According to what Robert Langdon discovers, all of the above mentioned disciplines are trying to guide mankind to a path where the man can realize his true potential. 'Apotheosis' as has been called in the book.
Among this sacred wisdom is the enigmatic figure of Mal'akh, who although is after the same knowledge- seeks it for ignoble purpose. There's a lot of mystery throughout the text regarding this idiosyncratic entity. But what awed me most was the shocking revelation that Dan Brown has placed adroitly as the book nears the end. I was awestruck when I came to know the reality about Mal'akh.
I can only say that Dan Brown has done justice to this work. After The Da Vinci Code one can be inclined to assume 'can something as good as this could occur in a matter of few years?' With Dan Brown, the answer is yes. Do get yourself a copy of this one. You won't regret, that I can assure.
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Although skeptics ruled out the presence of any form of life on this planet owing to its black sulphur-di-oxide envelope that prevented sunlight entering its atmosphere, other possibilities allowed this voyage to get manifested. One corner of Essar fantasized about finding living things on this misty planet. He recalled stories from his benign nanny 'We do not belong to this world son, we used to live in a beautiful paradise, heaven. Then some of us committed a sin and we were sent in this ugly world to suffer.' Little did his granny knew about Panspermia.
Twenty five hours later.
Dominic pressed the radio button "We are about to enter the atmosphere, a mild radioactive radiation has been detected. The intensity of the radiation is harmless."
Essar, concurring to Dominic, raised his brow in amazement. A mild radioactive radiation implied a larger radioactive reaction in recent history of this planet. He wondered why this radiation wasn’t detected by their ultra-modern microwave telescope back home, or by the inhuman spaceship they’d been sending here over last ten years. Perhaps the low intensity of the radiation allowed it to get masked by other toxic gases. Or may be the telescope didn’t have enough resolution to detect such a mild occurrence. Whatever the cause, for Essar, the hope of finding life at this point of time vanished. Dominic continued “high density of CO2 and sulphur-di-oxide confirmed. We are preparing to land on the surface.”
Five hours later.
"Five, four, three, two, one, zero. We have landed on the ground, preparing to set out of the spaceship." Dominic informed and terminated the connection. Both the astronauts readied their space suits and prepared to set their foot on this mysterious planet, an event that the whole world was looking forward to. Essar was the first one to set out on this mysterious planet. Dominic had the camera and he took the video. The camera was connected with an instrument on the spaceship, which would not only save it but will also send a copy to the home base without any of the astronauts having to press a button. This video would be released to the press so that whole world could witness this magnificent site. Although there was a petite group who considered such a voyage a complete waste of money and time- that the money spent on such an ambitious and obsolete project should have been used to elate the living standards of some lesser fortunate instead, the people who didn't had access even to basic amenities and health care- but chances were good that even those people would be looking at this video for its sheer enormity.
They landed on an arid land and started looking around. The idea was to thoroughly examine the place in the proximity of the spaceship. The two had at max one week before the return journey. Both of them wore a spacesuit which insulated them from the outside environment, especially from the toxic gases. The variations in temperature and pressure were of little concern as this planet had an environment highly conducive to life. Or at least Essar thought so. They had a backpack that carried oxygen supply and a small wagon, armed with equipments, for carrying out errands during their brief stay. They both carried torches as light was scarce. After traveling an hour or so they encountered, for what it seemed like, a forsaken log. Both alighted from the wagon and started speculating. Essar sneaked through a small hole. Dominic watched him gasp. "Roaches" Essar blurted as he tried to comprehend. It made perfect sense. Roaches are known to survive the greatest catastrophes. Its hard to eliminate them by any natural phenomenon, even nuclear reactions as it was known to Essar. Dominic had a quick look and he too looked equally startled.
They took a sample of a roach. This confirmed the presence of both flora and fauna on this planet. Both astronaut studied that log for a few hours and then decided to roll it over to see what lies beneath. A look of amazement, if not horror, ran through their faces as they gaped at the calcium composite lying before them- a human skull. "We need a driller" exclaimed Dominic his eyes still fixed on the skull.
(Apocalypse II - The Revelation)