Wrath of Kali – The dark side of God
Posted on April 27th, 2016

Wrath of Kali – The dark side of God  By Mario Perera

Published by Godage and Brothers, No 661, P.D.S. Kularatne Mawatha, Maradana, Colombo 10.

Review by Dr.Juanita Perera, Ph.D (University of Rochester, New York): formerly of the University of Heidelberg, Germany

This book is an extraordinary mix of fiction and history. It is a penetrative probe into the entire belief system that animates the country viewed from within what were the most tumultuous years of Sri Lanka’s modern history. The book dares to analyze what pious minds would prefer to pass under a calculated silence. In that sense this ‘novel’ serves as a psycho-therapy for a nation still coming to grips with what transpired between 1971- 2009.

The story begins in the squalid ‘lines’ of a tea plantation of this country. A boy of low caste birth awakens to the irreparable tragedy of his birth and consequent identity. His one and only ambition in life is to rid himself of that heritage. At a precise moment of his life, he sees what appears to be an exit from the labyrinth in which he lives and moves.

The vicissitudes of his destiny bring to his awareness the rumblings of the rebellions that are taking form both in the south and in the north and which are about to shake the nation to its foundation. He dreams of the goddess of destruction, Kali, extending to him her hand promising her help to free him from the life of servitude his identity has imposed on him. The condition she imposes on him is his total commitment and cooperation.

The book is an in-depth scrutiny into how religious creeds could be interpreted and adapted to meet the demands of revolutionists intent on displacing the beneficiaries of the existing social, economic and political system. The book shows how the ‘reign of Kali’ when ushered in, is stronger than the force of order and stability that religions interpreted traditionally set in place, which serve as pillars of support for the ruling powers.

This book with its realism, power, imagery and its dramatic depiction of the most momentous years of the country’s recent history will leave no reader unmoved.


2 Responses to “Wrath of Kali – The dark side of God”

  1. Fran Diaz Says:

    Mario Perera has written a valuable book for our times.

    It is such books that will help people understand the socio-political situation in Sri Lanka and also come to grips with a deep seated social problem inherited from India.

    I have not read the book, but can see the depth and value of it. Written in story form, it is bound to reval the truth in a palatable form.

    Thank you, Mario.

  2. mario_perera Says:

    Thank you for your kind comment, Fran.

    with every good wish

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