and so we might expect the third to have Brahma in the title. But as Karun, who studies subatomic particles, points out to Sarita, "creation comes from the womb, not the mouth-a simple matter of anatomy. . . . So logically, the true third should be the mother goddess, Devi." Karun goes on to tell Sarita his father's theory. "[H]e'd say that three was the magic number of the universe, its most intrinsic configuration, not just because of the triad of primary colors or our three space dimensions, but also because of all the trinities in different religions, especially the [Hindu] Trimurti. He was convinced that everything derives from the basic building blocks of Vishnu, Shiva, Devi."