Vasu and the Matsya Temple

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On the day of his birth, Vasu is kidnapped. Destiny has chosen him to bring Peace back on Earth. Will he be able to find the long lost Divine Ashtamangala Symbols to defeat the evil Samraat Viraat Shatru? Join Vasu in his quest that takes him on an incredible journey into the depths of Ocean where no Bhoomivaasi has ever been before! The Ashtamangala Trilogy begins... More
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About Rajiv Tanwar

Rajeev Tanwar a passionate story teller from his early school days has written many short stories for magazines. He also has Oped column to his credit in a national daily. He has now taken his penchant for telling stories to new level by writing a fantasy fiction trilogy named 'Ashtamangala adventures of Vasu' , the first part is named 'Vasu and the Matsya Temple'.
He has many short stories published in various magazines and anthologies.
He is a practising Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Apart from writing he is also passionate about travelling, reading and movies. He is a fitness enthusiast.

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Review by: Sandeep Nayyar on April 06, 2015 :
'Vasu and the Matsya Temple’ is a gripping story of a blessed boy Vasu, who destiny chooses to go on a fun-filled heroic journey on the very day of his birth. The journey which in the end will free the world from the clutches of the vicious struggles of power and bring peace and harmony on the earth. The long lost sacred Ashtmangala symbols created by the Matsya Avataar of Lord Vishnu are key to these power struggles and Vasu is on an adventures journey to find them to bring an end to fierce battles and savage wars.
The story is the first part of a trilogy ‘Ashtamangala Adventures of Vasu’ by Rajiv Tanwar who is an orthopaedic surgeon by profession and a passionate story teller and a writer by choice. The book is a fantasy fiction that narrates an incredible journey of the young boy Vasu which through various twists and turns keeps the readers spellbound.
Vasu son of an archaeologist Shridhar Gupta is kidnapped on the day of his birth by evil Samraat Viraat Shatru. The reason is that his father stumbles across a locket during a research in a jungle and puts it in the neck of the child. The mysterious locket has one of the eight Ashtmangala symbols on it. The king of the oceanic world Maharaja Siddhivarun ailing and trapped under the spells of his new wife Rani Roopmati, frees him with the help of Guru Nagarjuna the Raj Vaidya of the sea kingdom. Here on starts the adventurous journey of Vasu, from the enchanted oceans to the mesmerizing jungles, from the depths of the seas to the planes of the earth, from Triveni Sangam in Allahabad to the enigmatic Matsya temple, which finally links to the devastating tsunami of 2004. There are other brave children in this gallant journey of Vasu which also include the young daughter of Maharaja Siddhivarun, Aishwarya. The courage and valor of the young children display a perfect example of self-belief and valiance that children should be inculcated with from a very young age. The characters are well-developed and the story is well-narrated. Though at places especially in the first five chapters I felt that the story needed to be carried forward more by the characters than told by the author himself.
However I found ‘Vasu and the Matsya Temple’ a very interesting read, a fantastic fantasy tale which every child should read or should be read to by the elders. But the book is not only for the children, it can mesmerise readers of any age. I congratulate Mr Rajiv Tanwar for this brilliant book and very much look forward to reading the other two parts of the trilogy.
(reviewed 70 days after purchase)

Review by: Renetta on March 31, 2015 :
I love a book that pulls me in right away. Adventure from the first page and what a fun adventure it was! Underwater worlds, amazing sea creatures, magic, characters with heart and of course danger, deceptions and evil forces are at work! I was almost to the end of this book and my 6 year old granddaughter needed my attention. I told her to sit down and I'd read to her. Needless to say I have now been requested to start at the beginning. It's the first book she's shown this much interest in. Thank you for that!

I understand that this is based around some mythology that I am not completely familiar with but I will be before I read the next book!
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: Arjun Randhawa on March 20, 2015 :
"A group of children have shown us what great things can be accomplished by simply having faith in oneself, and doing the right thing".

ACTUAL RATING - 3.6

In this book, Vasu is taken and takes you on a ride through the jungles, and enchanted oceans... Why does it seem that I've known this story a bit??



Oh yes! I watched this as a movie in my childhood! (Shinchan - Bungle in the Jungle) But, it is just slightly similar.

Anyways, the story begins as a Jungle mystery and leads to a kidnapping of the newborn son of archaeologist Shridhar Gupta, who found a locket during research in the jungles and gifted it to him. The story reveals fantasy when it introduces characters which are related to the characters. In just the second chapter, readers are introduced to the oceanic world ruled by Maharaja Siddhivarun , and it (Ch 2-6) seems dragged till you want to scratch your head off....

Readers would be totally mesmerized by the story as it would make them wonder about the world they are presently living in, towards its (maybe true) reality. The plot is full of fantasy which has been explained properly and somewhat scientifically. The story moves 11 years forward and Vasu is brought up as a normal boy (in the ordinary world - Bhoomi Author has smartly explained about the changes within these years SLOWLY, to us as well as Vasu.

Maharaja Siddhivarun gets ill because of the evil villain - Samraat Viraat Shatru & the king's evil wife - and he has forgotten everything... He slowly falls into a deep sleep, from which he needed to be woken up. The plot proclaims about a great war, which never happens. But is just a small fight. Many exciting twists and turns take place, which grasped my attention, nicely. However, few grammatical errors in the book irritated me (for which I can never forgive the author!). But, I have not taken it into account of my rating.
The story lacks reality at times in the characters which are NORMAL CHILDREN! For example - a girl who can find directions with the help of meditation - SHE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THE FANTASY A FEW HOURS AGO! The characters (small orphan children) should have been shown a little older, because this is making the story seem for kids.

The ending is excellently portrayed and wins the heart. But, few mysteries remain. I expect them to be revealed in the forthcoming books in the series.

CONCLUSION: This book is the first book of the Asthamangala Adventures, but somewhat has a stand-alone plot. However, you'd be eagerly waiting for the next book. Someone who has never read fantasy would even fall for this book. For the people thinking that this is a Sanskrit-Mahabharata-type book: IT IS DEFINITELY NOT! It steals your thoughts away. I promise you that you wouldn NEVER get bored. Give this book a try, and you'll get addicted! ;)

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Arjun Randhawa @ Book Review Temple

(reviewed 37 days after purchase)

Review by: AlexDrinkwater on March 10, 2015 :
Vasu and the Matsya Temple:
The story begins with the birth of a blessed boy vasu who is kidnapped by Dusht and Saved by the Ocean King SiddhiVarun.
Then the story concentrates on how vasu grow up and what he did to save Ocean King.
I loved it…..
I loved it so much…
Each character is very well developed. I felt like an 11 year old boy while reading this.
I cried, I laughed, and I became overjoyed by the ending.
I recommend it to all parents of teenagers. Gift it to your children.
Eagerly waiting for the next book….
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: K.K. Sefton on March 10, 2015 :
Prepare to experience an exciting tale, with plenty of imagination, persistence and heart. This story has the feel of a timeless classic, perfect to be read by a parent to a child, yet sophisticated enough to be enjoyed by both.
This story reminded me of Peter Pan, in the way the children go on exhilarating adventures, their relationships, and the fantastic world. Perfectly fun and scary at the same time, the story is three dimensional, in a way that is hard to find. The story offers a depth of characterization that made me care deeply about the characters, and feel Aishwarya's sorrow about the loss of her father's presence. I admire her for her love of Vasu and the close brother/sister relationship they shared, a real sense of family.The pacing is perfect for you to absorb what is happening, with a few of those wonderful "gasp" moments of disbelief; it plays like a movie in your mind. I am looking forward to the next one.





This book is similar to a lot of books and legends I enjoyed as a child and teen, it evokes different emotions as you go along on Vasu's breathtaking adventures. I found myself thinking about the story throughout my day, and looking forward to when I could get back to reading it. There are parts of the book where it is hard to put down, as you feel swept along with the characters, and can't wait to see what will happen, or what they do next. The balance of action, character depth, and fantastic setting is perfect and I truly wish more authors could provide this for their readers to experience. I had an wonderful time reading this book and highly recommend it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: LillyGatryp on March 08, 2015 :
A very different concept of this fantasy fiction endeared me to the book from the very beginning and I finished reading it in a single sitting. Narrated the story to my children and even they enjoyed it very much. A clean story with many meaningful characters and a novel concept. The scenes of Vasu riding a Whale created a vivid imagery in the kids and I enjoyed their thrill. I have gifted a couple of copies to children in my family and wish more such books keep coming. I congratulate Rajiv Tanwar for the effort and every word of it was worth it. Waiting for the next part.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: JohnPatterson on March 08, 2015 :
The cover attracted me and I decided to download it. It proved to be a good book with plenty of imagination used in a very constructive manner by the Author and I wish him all the best for his next books in the series. I had to Google a few times for things like ASHTAMANGALA, Shloka, etc. and learnt many new things about something I had seen so often - Ocean!
Would love to read the next books of the ASHTAMANGALA series for Rajiv. Wish you very best of Luck and I recommend the book for children and grown-ups as well.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: LillyGatryp on March 08, 2015 :
A fantasy fiction from some Indian author was a surprise for me and I couldn't help having it to read. The story is simple, but amazing with powerful characters, like Vasu and Aishwarya. Barring a few wordy descriptions on the whole the book was an enjoyable read and I feel can be gifted to children on their birthdays. They'll love reading it and may be will learn a few things as well. Happy to have read it. Recommend it strongly. Waiting for the next in the series! ;-))
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: MaryStockford on March 08, 2015 :
Awesome book...I enjoyed reading it thoroughly and even my friends loved it. Read it overnight. The sea world has been very well described. Recommended for anybody, specially teens who love clean fantasy. You know what I mean.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Robinson007 on March 05, 2015 :
I had read a print version of this book sometime back and was really impressed with the storyline and the characters. I had reviewed it on Goodreads and having a ebook of it was a dream come true for me.
A fabulous fantasy journey into the oceanic world. Wonderful imagination of the author and I congratulate him on having written in such a lucid and easy to understand manner. I wish to read the next part as soon as possible. Highly recommended of Fantasy lovers and children.
The book swept me off my feet and dipped me into the ocean of Fantasy.
I recommend it to any parent who wants to gift a wholesome and nice book to his kids. Worth the money. Cheaper than a Pizza!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: RobinDHoughton on March 04, 2015 :
Good concept and certainly different. Too wordy for my preferences, but then it may be better for the younger audiences and paint a fuller and more exciting picture for them. Reminded me of some of Tanith Lee's stories I read many years back, though they are much more to the point. An ambitious epic to take on as a debut entry and I wish Rajiv every success with the rest of the trilogy.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

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