Bhima – The Man in the Shadows Book Review – Vikas Singh

Book: Bhima – The Man In The Shadows
Author: Vikas Singh

Passionate, action-filled and humorous.

That’s Bhima by Vikas Singh summed up in three phrases. Beautifully enlightened Bhima’s feelings, this book has covered every aspect of the great warrior’s thoughts. His caring nature towards the love of his life, his feelings towards his brothers, his affection towards his parents are so amazingly penned down that the reader will be left amazed.

As rightly said by the author, Bhima – The Man in the Shadows, He was indeed the one. So why is he addressed as “in the Shadows”? Because in the front were Yudhisthira and Arjuna. If you are aware about Mahabharata, all you know about the second Pandava was that he is a muscled man who can put down anyone with his mere strength. Least did we know about the sensitive side he had. Thanks to Mr Vikas Singh, he enlightened us with it. Some of the lines are truly touching for readers.

“What would have I done if I were in his place.
Maybe I would have just taken Draupadi’s hand and walked away from there forever…”

His care for his lady can be deeply felt with just these lines. He understands every pain that Draupadi goes through but surrounded with bars of limitations he is left helpless. His failure to express his feelings makes him seem a man without emotions. But the author has so beautifully elaborated his emotions that you will feel how it is to live the life of Bhima.

To summarise, this book is a must for you if you haven’t read or watched about Bhima through any other source. Keeping aside the wars and fights, Vikas Singh has raised a thought on whether Bhima has been appropriately understood by the past and present generation.

My rating for this book would be 4 out of 5.


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