Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Review: Kartikeya The Destroyer's Son By Anuja Chandramouli

(I got a free copy from the author in exchange of an honest review)

Unravel the puzzle that is the mysterious and misunderstood son of Mahadeva—KARTIKEYA.
Kartikeya was born from the flames of a desperate need, an ardent desire, and an utmost devastation. In him was distilled the terrible powers of Mahadev, at its fiercest and most deadly. Although he fought many wars and slew many tyrants, yet his gifts toThumanity have always been those of mercy, compassion and love. What makes this possible?
For Kartikeya, there have always been more questions than answers. Did he really walk away from his family over a piece of fruit? What about the women in his life—was he the ravisher he is at times accused of being, or the protector of women? Was he the violent warrior who reveled in blood lust, or a gentle family man? What was his relationship with his more popular sibling, Ganesha?
Anuja Chandramouli weaves together myth, imagination and folklore while looking to answer these questions, and recreates for modern readers the story of one of the most enigmatic gods—Kartikeya.

My Review:
There are many books written about  Shiva, Parvati, their relationship and even their son Ganesha for that matter.

Few authors have attempted to write about Kartikeya, the elder son of Shiva. He rides a peacock. He's also known by the name of Muruga and Vel (Spear) is his weapon of choice.

 I guess we all know only this about him.This in essence is all what an average Indian knows about him.Anuja Chandramouli has attempted to write about one of the lesser known Gods in the Indian Pantheon and I must say I am impressed by the research and groundwork the author has done to write this book.

Fiction or fact is debatable and depends on your perspective but it felt good...
The characters introduce themselves and help the reader become a part of the story.A good insight in Kartikeya's story

Lots of witty dialogues and repartee. Incidents are narrated to a detail which makes you marvel and at points gives you goosebumps. The author surely knows how to keep the mythological story interesting.

Also Indra is shown in a different light, as in hungry for power and self centered.

Very few authors have this caliber to write and entertain as well as share a story from mythology in a language we understand and relate to. For me a few highlights are a talking peacock; Chitra. The relation between Shiva and Ganga and the way these stories are interlocked.

I loved her this piece of work and would recommend you all to read this mythological fiction. Keep up the awesome work Anuja.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review: Fairy Tale by Danielle Steel

PC :Amazon

A twenty-first century Fairy tale for readers of all ages, by the ever-magical Danielle Steel.
Fairy tale is an enchanting rendering of a much-loved classic by the world's favorite storyteller, Danielle Steel.
Camille Lammenais has grown up in the beauty of the Napa Valley surrounded by acres of her family's vineyards. Her parents, Christophe and Joy, still deeply in love after two decades of marriage, have built a renowned winery and chateau modeled after Christophe's ancient family estate in his native Bordeaux. Camille has had a perfect childhood, safe in her parents' love. After graduating from Stanford, she returns to help manage Chateau Joy, her lifetime goal. But their fairy tale ends suddenly with her mother's death.
Six months after losing his wife, the devastated Christophe is easy prey for a mysterious, charming Frenchwoman visiting the valley. Camille, still grieving for her mother, is shocked by the news that her father intends to remarry. Then she begins to see past the alluring looks, designer clothes and elegant manners of the Countess, while her innocent father is trapped in her web . . .
A wonderful, beautifully told tale from America's favorite novelist, Fairy tale is a captivating example of the truths that will always withstand even the darkest storms and a reminder that sometimes fairy tales do come true and good prevails over evil in the end.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Working out

This time started with working out without excuses. Earlier, I  used to go only for walks. Now have decided to take health a little more seriously ,only walking is not enough.

Started with cardio exercises. I am not a big fan of cardio but have started nevertheless,  let's see how much and how good I fare.

Wish me  luck people.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Currently Reading

An excerpt from the current reading :Kartikeya by Anuja Chandramouli.

And yet this was the precise moment when hope had been resurrected. The  war would be over soon and a new order would image emerge from the Ashes of the old . The sun would rise in the new,golden age and for a while at least all would be bright and beautiful again .

"I come bearing  presents" Vishnu told Kartik who seem to have cheer up considerably. Garuda, who has been watching the proceedings in silence stepped forward and place the offerings of the day was in front of Shiva's son who examined the splendid Treasures on display with mild curiosity. There was gold aplenty and silver in addition to crowns,diadems, a whole of jangly jewellery and great minds of precious stones.

 Even more impressive were the weapons they had sent no doubt an oblique him to get off his behind, pick them up and charge into war.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

New Year Resolutions

I know its a tad late, but this time I had decided to practice the resolutions first and then write about them for a change, so that I continue doing them. They say it takes a week to form a habit, now testing that phrase 😉😉

Some resolutions are from the last year which I hope to continue . But this year have added a few more to the list to test my boundaries 😆😆. After all learning something new moto should be implemented sometime.

Here goes the List:

1. To be more regular with my both blogs. I somehow, stop working, when things don’t go my way, maybe I need to look more for positives. Have started working on this already.

2. Read more good books and apply the learning’s to life when chips are down. (This is easier said than done)  Started.

3. Stop over analyzing and brooding over and learn to be more focused. Working on this

4. Write more Book Reviews  Work in Progress .Shall start posting more reviews starting tomorrow

5. Learning new Shlokas and hoping I continue the practice everyday.

6. Exercise, work out,lose weight and eat healthy.

What are your resolutions??

Shall write about the past year 2017 soon.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Book Review: The Burning Queen Rani Padmavati by Anuja Chandramouli


Padmavati is the most beautiful queen Chittor has ever had. Everyone who sees her is enthralled by her grace and goodness. When the greedy gaze of the Sultan ofDelhi, Alauddin Khalji, falls upon Chittor and its queen, Padmavati’s flawless beauty turns against her, because it inspires both love and hate in equal measure.Beset by the threat of an invasion and scheming political rivals who are envious of her immense popularity, Rani Padmavati must rise to the demands of war and fight for everything she believes in. This is the story of a remarkable woman who lived gently, loved passionately and embraced her destiny with unmatched courage.

My Thoughts:

A very intense story written by Anuja. The story not only puts the history in perspective but also talks about the characters and explains why they are the way they are. I am bowled away with the narration and the research put in by the author. I have almost reached the reading challenge I had set myself this year but this one has to be one of the few bests I have read.

Writing an historical fiction is never easy. This book makes you emotional as well as drains you . Hats off to the author for being able to share such intense thoughts. I had to take a break to assimilate what I read and felt a few times. (Believe me that such effective writing doesnt come easy) Padmavati was a strong lady and very way ahead of her time when women weren't respected much. There is a lot of take away from the life of this queen for the women of today's generation. The ability to take quick decisions, presence of mind and standing by what she feels is right are some of her best qualities.

I feel these are the few reasons other than her beauty that much have attracted Alludin Khiliji. I liked the way his character is etched and the thought process explained. Women these days have a lot to draw parallels from such a fiery queen who had the courage to make a decision and stand by it.

I haven't read many from this author but now I feel I have been missing a master story teller. Next on my list is Kartikeya. Keep up the great work Anuja, you have added a fan to your fan base.

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.) 

Book Review: Kartikeya The Destroyer's Son By Anuja Chandramouli

(I got a free copy from the author in exchange of an honest review) Synopsis: Unravel the puzzle that is the mysterious and misundersto...

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