Review of Shiva in the City of Nectar

Title : Shiva in the city of Nectar

 

Author : Preetha Rajah Kannan

 

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Blurb : Throbbing with non-stop excitement, Shiva in the City of Nectar sweeps across Heaven, Earth and the Underworld, narrating the exploits of the mysterious and powerful blue-throated god.

 

One after another, the tales unfold the follies of ancient devas, asuras, sages, men and mythical beasts. And through them all, Shiva blithely takes on the guise of beggar, saint, monarch, merchant, fisherman, hunter, warrior and woodcutter; walking through the three worlds to slay rampaging demons, perform his Dance of Bliss and embrace good and bad alike.

 

Shiva is portrayed in all his multi-faceted mystique – the tender lover who woos and weds Goddess Meenakshi; the eternal Guru who dispenses wisdom; the fierce avenger whose third eye flashes fire; the generous benefactor who showers blessings on his devotees; and, above all, the gentle prankster who embodies the essence of Vedic faith.

My View :            

 Stories driven from Ancient India,

Stories of Lord Shiva,

Stories of Lord Shiva’s devotees,

Stories from City of Nectar,

Stories extracted from different facets of Lord Shiva,

Stories of Wisdom and gain,

Stories worthy to attain.

 

 
Stories picked by the authoress from the city of Nectar are all aesthetic in nature.All the fifty-four divine tales extracted from Ancient India is full of exciting flavours.The role of Shiva in the lives of ancient people is very beautifully portrayed in this book. Stories will teach you the art of attaining wisdom and will entertain you with its charisma at its best.When one story warms you and holds you till it ends,another waits to welcome you at its doorstep.One after another, the pile of enticing story reaches your doorstep to thrill you.

 

 

When I started reading this book,I didn’t know that this book would serve me stories I was unaware of.When I first get in touch with this book,thoughts that clouded my mind was that it would cast stories of Gods in a precise manner,which are already known to people.Of course,one who have great knowledge of Ancient culture and history,are aware of this stories,but for a newbie like me, these stories are surely a bunch of fun.

 

 
Covering fifty-four stories in 200 pages book with a condition of doing justice with all of them requires a lot of  work  to be done.While narrating the stories precisely, she never forgets to maintain the charm of the story and providing a required ambiance to the story.How easily she has managed to excel in all the aspects of making this book a flawless one, compels reader to complete the book at the fastest pace.

 

 

 

Seeing the strong command on language of author’s, a novice could hitch to start the journey,but for an ardent reader it would be a bliss to experience her writing style.The words chosen by her could easily paint the picture back in the mind of readers of all the happenings.With a hefty bunch of stories in reader’s hands, they get a great chance to see different facets of Lord Shiva in a single book along with some fascinating stories.

 

 
As this 54 stories involve a lot of characters, one needs to keep a note of each one of them while going through the story,otherwise he/she will end up mixing the stories.Only if one has strong knowledge of the history of Devas’ period, then he /she could cover the journey with ease,otherwise it could be a tough task to cover the journey smoothly.Although at the end character sketch is given, but it was hard to remember their role and their identities in the story.

 

 

A great read which opens up your chance to ride with Lord Shiva, and to know how he contributes in lives of different people trailing along his own life. Wondrous read!

 

 

Rating  :4.5/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Rise of The Grey Prince

Rise of the Grey Prince by Arka Chakrabarti

Title : Rise of the Grey Prince

 

Author: Arka Chakrabarti

 

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Blurb: In Rise of the Grey Prince a cursed night at Nisarga had revealed the true reason behind his father’s sacrifice and his own dark past. Each revelation now draws Agni into the sublime world of secrets. With Vrish and Guru Sidak by his side, fighting the daggers from the past and winning over the opponents of the present, somewhere deep down, he knows that his journey has just begun.

 The other scarred prince walks the ashes of his reality. Haunted by the glimpses of truth the same night, Yani had but one choice to survive. His unknowing steps, trapped in cruel games of ancient powers had led him to a truth, a truth which shall mould a good man in the clay of misfortune, hate and lust.

Such is the world of Gaya and thus shall be the Rise of the Grey Prince the one torn between the darkness of evil and a lone ray of hope.

My View : The cover enthralling in nature, gains reader’s attention if he/she is a lover of fantasy stories, and so do the title. ’Rise of the Grey Prince’, being the sequel to the book ‘The Secrets of the Dark’, was in the top list of my reading journey, because it is one of the books by Indian authors, whose stories  flavoured with wild imaginations I adore. Undoubtedly, my expectations from this book were very high, let’s sneak peak how it worked out for me.

 

The moment I started this book all the chapters of the previous serious kept on visiting in front of my eyes. The enthralling magic it poured on me last time made me more eager to go through this one. The burning urge of chasing something, the fight for the lost loved ones, the ride to meet the lost and loved ones, the feeling of brotherhood and friendship is all what you got to see in this book.

His words made a deep impact on reader’s mind and create a proper ambiance for the show. He cleverly and very precisely speaks of the moment and incident. He indulges healthy conversation in the story and sometimes in between some conversations they participates as  good one-liners which act as great dialogues which suited very-well for the scene and to the character.

With the old, staunch and sturdy characters enters some fresh bunch of characters which brings in new charm to the story. With them also come new twists and flavors, and new discoveries in the protagonist’s life which reveals the hidden phases of the story.

 

Juxtaposing both the books if the question arises of the better plot then the award goes to the first one. Putting light on this matter, the second book has comparatively weak plot, the first one shrewdly connects to reader’s heart and left them satisfied with the story it serves. While on the other hand, the second book has very little to serve to readers.

At some nodes, the story lefts reader confused. Only if the reader reads in a single seat and he has clear image of the story narrated in the first series, then only he will be able to gauge the incidents with ease. Number of characters involved in the story can act as a hurdle in the reading journey if not read keenly paying proper attention to each and every event.

 

Overall, a nice read!

 

Waiting for the next series to splash out the thoughts second one has smashed on reader’s mind.

 

Rating: 3.8/5

 

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Other books by Arka Chakrabarti: Review of The Secrets of the Dark

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Review of Rhythm of Love

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Title : Rhythm of Love

Author : Rahul Prasad Kanu

“Rhythm of Love” by Rahul Prasad Kanu is a story of love, determination and friendship portrayed in an efficient way.This is the story revealing ups and downs of exemplar’s life (namely Dorji) and how the way he again climbed the stairs with the support of his loved ones when the ball was not in his court.

As the back cover says ‘ Everyone has a heart, an organ which pumps blood. For more heads, it beats 72 times a minute but for a very few, it beats, beats and beats, the count becomes meaningless the moment you feel the ‘Rhythm is not yours’. You are mesmerized!!! And when I say you cannot die at will. I mean it. God decides your day. Dorji is in love with Angel. Destiny writes their fate to meet in college. Dorji is ready to take his chances but when chances are for glances, you deserve to be in trouble. This is the story of Dorji- a warrior. This is his journey of falling in love and adoring love intricately entwining college, friendship, drugs and passion for love. Will Dorji succeed in his quest for Angel? Can honest endeavor unfold the path to glory and the difference between loving and being loved? Will his dream meet his desires? This is the story from ‘The Land of Thunder Dragons’ Bhutan. The chase of Dorji is on, Lub Dub, Lub Dub!!!’

In the very beginning of the story, author has created the suspense, the very suspense of Dorji’s life.That suspense made me to ponder what would be the story about.Guessing from the title of the story, I was pretty sure that it would be a love story but the way story initiated I became perplexed.But as the story paced up and I kept on turning the pages, everything falls in place and I was drowned in the world of Dorji.

The narration was in a constant flow. A very simple writing fashion has been adopted by the author, thought it was quite common but easy to go with.Characterization was also good.I could feel the emotions of the character to some extent and I could also picturize the scenes.

In the middle of the story, I got vibes that the story is just an another love story and I wouldn’t get anything new to grasp from it.But I was wrong.Author has added some spicy flavors to the story and hence the storyline falls in the context of a good one.

All throught ,I enjoyed reading the book and I completed it in a single sit.In a simple story, author has amalgamated many facets in order to not to make it outdated, and he has been succeeded in doing so.You will find some suspense waiting for you while reading the book, albeit they will be quite predictable(they were for me) , but author has presented them in a nice manner and that won’t let you down. Almost everything in the book is well-maintained and it gently serves the reader the meaning and essence of true love with some good lessons to learn.

If the articulation of the sentences or editing could have been a level up, this book would surely gain more points from my side.

For me, it was a light-read pack.I enjoyed with the characters and the author has done a good job being a debutant. A novice reader could go comfortably through this book.Also, the one who loves to read blend of romance, friendship and emotions go for it.

Rating: 3.8/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Interview of Prathap Kamath

Interview of Prathap Kamath

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1.

What are your outlooks and interpretations about literature?

I look upon literature as a justification of my life; it is the only thing that gives me complete satisfaction, in reading as well as in writing. It has consoled, encouraged, intoxicated, and taught me throughout in life. Literature, for me, is an imaginative way of interpreting life. It fulfils itself in finding an apt form that has something new in the way it tells about life everyone can feel as her/his own. I belong to the school that believes in the need of literature’s commitment to social reality. Its purpose shouldn’t be just to concoct stories or poems for the sake of getting published. It should germinate as the result of a felt existential need to say something deep about life lived in our times.

2. Tell us about your world beyond literature.

I teach English for Postgraduate and Undergraduate students at Sree Narayana College, Kollam, Kerala. I am also a Ph.D research guide with Kerala University. I am married and have two daughters doing their school-final.

3. Your book “Blood rain and other stories” is a combination of suspense, violence, corruption, revenge and selfishness. So, how much of the book is realistic?

All the stories in this book have been triggered by things that are happening and have happened around me. Violence, corruption, crimes instigated by revenge, and selfishness have become the defining features of the times we live in. I have tried to contextualize my events within the political/cultural scenario of Kerala so as to make my characters representative of a social reality. Their individual issues are made to spill into the social space and vice versa. It is in this sense that these stories can be called realistic, and not in the generic sense of the term ‘realistic fiction,’ for in the rendering of these stories I have, on several occasions, taken recourse to fantasy, and non linearity of narrative time.

4. What draws you to writing?

An unbearable sense of the meaninglessness of life, unless it is redeemed by the act of writing. I write to keep myself sane and from not falling into the pit of depression.

5. What genre do you like the most?

Fiction, both the short story and the novel.

6. Would you like to share your experiences while writing the book “Blood rain and other stories”?

It was written over a period of five years. The stories were written with long gaps in between. I am not a prolific or regular writer. I write only when I feel like. When I don’t write, I read the best in literature. I started my career writing in Malayalam, and Blood Rain and Other Stories is my first book of fiction in English. Writing in English was a refreshing experience; it lent me a greater freedom and ease to formulate my ideas in aesthetically gratifying forms. It was very exciting to have LiFi, my publisher, accept it for publication. I wish to express my thanks to Dr. Bina Biswas, Editor with LiFi, for linking me with the publisher.

7. Who are your favourite writers? What do you like the most about their books and creations?

I have many favourite writers, in Malayalam, my native language, and in other languages, all of whom I have read in English. To name them all would be impossible here. They belong to all ages, from the epic to the present. I have preferred European Continental and Latin American fiction to English fiction (British/American). The Japanese Haruki Murakami is the most recent favourite. I love these writers for the insight they give into reality through stunning forms.

8. Which books inspire you?

I am inspired by novels that are a blend of eye-opening world view, inventiveness of plot and language, and authenticity of details or information content. For instance, a novel like Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose or Nikos Kazantzakis’ Zorba the Greek or Herman Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund.

9. Did you ever face writer’s block?

Yes, several times. It leaves me depressed as it does with all writers. The best way to overcome it is to wallow in it, go deep into its morass, until it throws you back into writing on its own.

10. How has literature influenced your life?

It has influenced me by watering my imagination, in helping me create a cosy world of my own where I feel safe from the “thorns of life.” It helps me in expanding my sympathies, and understanding of reality. Above all, it gives me a solid purpose to live.

Thanks for the wonderful answers and giving your time. Wishing you a bright future.

Interviewed by Shivani Chauhan