BOOK REVIEW: KARTIKEYA-THE DESTROYER’S SON

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Author: Anuja Chandramouli

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 230 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The publishers Rupa Publications provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I was happy to read and review this book as I enjoy reading mythology, especially Hindu mythology. Also, it made a refreshing change from the recent novels that I have read.

The story is about Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. I had never given much thought about Kartikeya, till date, as Hindu mythology has such a vast plethora of stories.

The story describes the circumstances of his conception and birth and how it was prophesised that he would bring about the end of Soorapadma, thereby bringing victory to the Devas.

The story depicts Kartikeya’s childhood and how he goes to win the war against Soorapadma. This war, has been provoked by none other than Lord Indra! Kartikeya goes off to war on his mount, the peacock Chitrabahn. He meets and falls in love with Indra’s daughter Devasena only to lose her.

We also read about Ganesha’s conception and birth and his equation with his parents and bonding with his brother Kartikeya.

What is noteworthy about the story is that the author has depicted these gods and goddesses as beings with normal human traits. Lord Shiva and Parvati have been wonderfully portrayed as a much in love but a bickering couple and Indra as a wily player of games. I particularly loved the explanation of how the river Ganga remains twined in Lord Shiva’s hair!

Do read the book if you enjoy reading mythology. I recommend it to readers as enjoyable, interesting and informative.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian classicist. She is also a student of classical dance and a practitioner of yoga.

THE RESURRECTION OF EVIL: MYTHS IN MODERN TIMES

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Author: Neelabh Pratap Singh

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Published by: StoryMirror

Number of pages: 209 pages

My Rating: 4/5

 

MY REVIEW: I was graciously provided with a copy of this book by the author Neelabh Pratap Singh.

The story starts with a mysterious figure in a hooded leather jacket with luminous metallic bands around his wrists, who witnesses an angry husband killing his wife by mistake.

We are then introduced to the main character of the story, ACP Aryan. He is assigned to the Delhi Police on a case involving the robbery of an ancient pot that was excavated on an archaeological expedition.

It turns out that the ancient pot is no ordinary pot but rather it is an object that is much in demand and having ancient origins. The pot or cauldron is connected to an ancient Irish legend called Cath Maige Tuireadh as well as to a Mayan script and codex found along with four metallic rings in a Central American expedition.

The story races from Delhi and Dehradun to Haridwar and Thiruvananthapuram. There are a number of parties after the cauldron, all of whom have their own agenda.

This book stands out as it brings back ancient Indian mythology and connects it to modern theories. I was able to recollect tales that I read in childhood, about the Samudra Manthan-The Churning of the Ocean and about the Asuras, Devas and the Daanavas.

The climax of the story is brought about in a thrilling way with wormholes and black holes and the identity of the mysterious hooded figure being revealed.

The Resurrection of Evil is a lively, fun and fast paced read. It can be ordered on Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Neelabh Pratap Singh is a mechanical engineer by profession and a writer by passion. He can be followed on Instagram on his handle @authorneelabh.