Kanha to Krishna
Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
Kanha to Krishna
How did Kanha the Gop become Krishna the Lord?
Mathura is in turmoil. Prince Kansa has deposed King Ugrasen in a palace coup and imprisoned his cousin Devaki and her husband Vasudeva on the basis of a prophesy. He has set off the three Yadava clans—the Andhakas, Vrishnis and the Bhojas against one another in order to cling to power. But, unknown to Kansa, his minister Chanur plots to keep the tyrant King in check and establish a tribal homeland. Elsewhere, Hastinapur and Magadh are embroiled in a race for supremacy.In this era of conflicts, Kanha grows up in Gokul as a cowherd. But bigger things are in store for him and he soon gets sucked in the vortex of conspiracies against Kansa. What is Kanha’s true identity? How does a mere cowherd dethrone a tyrant? How does he overcome caste and colour prejudices and gain acceptance as Krishna, the avatar of Lord Vishnu?The journey to divinity from Kanha to Krishna is not without its costs.
A saga of treachery and betrayals unfolds as Kanha’s personal life is sacrificed at the altar of a predetermined strategy.Kanha to Krishna is a unique retelling of the story of Krishna with an intensely realistic and political narrative.
Writing is a hobby for Pranab Mullick, who is otherwise practicing as an Advocate in the Supreme Court of India for the last 28 years. Having written short stories and essays in both English and Bengali, ‘Kanha to Krishna – The road to divinity’ is his debut novel and caps a brilliant academic career. A topper all through school, he received Junior Science Talent and NTSE scholarships and stood second in All India in CBSE Class XII Commerce stream. Thereafter he has been a Gold Medalist from University of Delhi in both B.Com (Hons) and LL.B. As Advocate, he has been involved in several historic litigations.
Pranab hails from a family of writers. His grandfather Dr. Raghunath Mullick was a batchmate of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and an authority on Kalidasa. His father Late Kali Sankar Mullick also authored several compelling short stories and a book of poems on mythological themes.