Yandamoori Virendranath
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Meendum ThulasiThe story takes off exactly from the moment where "Thulasi Thalam" ends. This time it starts from the view of antagonists and how they try to settle the scores with the people who killed their leader "Kaadhara". It is really tough to write a sequel to the novel that had raised the bar to higher standards. Endemoori Virendranath manages to succeed only to a certain extent but my opinion is that he has deliberately attempted to reduce the starkness and smudge the drear of sorcery. I personally feel that this sequel is a sort of bit confused effort in which direction the novel had to be taken either to believe that black magic exists or it is just a early concept of hypnotism.

This novel has the new villian who existed in the previous part, but we can't even imagine who he might be. In "Meendum Thulasi" the biggest drawback is the lack of conviction in story telling that was gripping and engaging in the first part. Since the plot of the novel itself is flawed, it fails to make an impact. Also the concept of Post Suggested Hypnotism (PSH) is the backbone of this novel, which was fresh and novel in the "Thulasi Thalam" becomes stale and jaded in the second part.

This creation turns cinematic when the evil protagonist has a change of mind and does completely antithesis of what he was intended to do. The first part had a strong backing of scientific reasons but this time it is conspicuous by its absence.

Not that we can completely write off this novel but we have few surprises in store. Especially the behavious of protagonist "Thulasi" when she had become possessed. When the mystery unravels we will be wondering that why we haven't thought that way. Also Endemoori takes on the exploitation of masses by the religious leaders in the name of God and magic and to a certain extent he succeeds in exposing them also.

{mosimage}Bottom line is that this pales in comparision of its prequel. Endemoori Virendranath fails miserably to live upto the expectations of the standards he had set for himself. May be it would have been intresting for those who hadn't read the first part, but for those who were mesmerised by "Thulasi Thalam", this is a no.. no. So it can be read as stand alone, not as a sequel.