Review of Kamadeva

Cover photo of Kamadeva by Anuja Chandramouli

Kamadeva: The god of Desire, the book based on one of the mythological story,of which I’m little aware of. I’ve been through some Hindu mythologies before, but this was the first time I went for the story of Kamadeva. What grabs my attention at first is the cover design, lucid and apt,perfectly complimenting the title, and the blurb at the back of the jacket which helps to grow reader’s curiosity to know more about Kamadeva.

As the blurb of the book goes : “Kamadeva, the charming wielder of the sugarcane bow and the flower-tipped arrows, born out of the wellspring of Brahmas latent passion, has for long remained an enigma. This enthralling story of the God of Desire explores his many wondrous adventures, as well as his heady romance with Rati, his chief consort.

Best friends with Indra, the King of the Gods, tutor to the Apsaras in the art of lovemaking, Kamadeva lives a dream life in the magnificent Kingdom of Amaravathi – until danger strikes when he incurs the wrath of Shiva because of a preordained curse. Follow Kama as he hurtles towards his destiny and the Destroyers dreaded third eye. Find out if he will rise from the ashes to reign supreme as the King of Hearts or if he will be doomed to spend an eternity as Ananga – The bodiless one.

In Kamadeva – The God of Desire, the author masterfully marries imagination with stellar research to bring to vivid life one of the most intriguing Gods of the Hindu pantheon. Laced with wit and narrated in contemporary flavour, Kamadeva will take you on a rollicking ride into the heart of desire and its tantalizing dark side.”

It was a thrilling and interesting journey to know about one of the God from Hindu mythology festooned with flawless narration style. The knowledge authoress possess about the mythology is commendable and is evidently seen in the book, the hard work she has done to give a life to each of the characters and making them present their roles before readers. The series of events this book comprises of makes reader glued to it, if he/she loves to read about mythology. The charm authoress’ writing fashion holds makes the ride even more comfortable for the readers.

Although writing a mythology is quite a difficult task in comparison to writing fiction, as justice is demanded by all the characters and so by the story. Authoress’s fine touch to each of the element of the story brings much expected flavor to it. In this book, authoress has used matured writing style, which an avid reader would love to go with while at the other hand, novice could face difficulty to connect to it properly at some places, but in overall, the charm remains the same.

It was very good to know the detailed description of the events that took place in Kamadeva’s life, but at times I felt some of the content is just unwanted and if could avoided provides a flawless flow to the story. The description of some events are just too stretched that I felt to skip such portions and go ahead. Apart from this very thing, I found all the elements a good book should have.

Rating : 4/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

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