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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
God Never Laughed by Dev Bhattacharyya is a book with an insightful and profound theme that blends diverse topics as the story progresses and keeps readers riveted. Though the story takes readers through a few countries, the main plot is set against the backdrop of the Himalayas where readers experience mysticism and gain some knowledge about the Vedas. The story revolves around Paul Bradshaw who is trying to uncover a secret shrouded in mystery. The book has deception, secrecy, sabotage, mystery and death and tells the story of a man struggling to find the answers to a lot of questions. But he has to battle against many things that are much stronger than him and cause obstruction in his quest to find out more. Will Paul Bradshaw succeed in his mission of traveling miles to the Land of the Vedas and in finding out the answers to the hidden secrets?
Most parts of the story are set in the Himalayas and there is a spiritual vibe that runs through the story, giving it an aura of mysticism despite the harshness that permeates the plot. The narration is descriptive, detailed and aesthetic so that it is able to capture the scenes visually. The word choices are exquisite, adding to the aura of the plot. The Vedic theories, rituals, Brahmi Scripts, turbulent rivers - they all blend in well with the violence and hostility of the story. The philosophical ruminations in the story give the plot more profundity and intensity.