When I saw this book I knew I wanted it. Be it the description, the cover or be it the title, everything is in a smooth flow which makes you want it even more. The book tells a unique story of Kartikeya’s birth, his early life at Mount Kailash with his parents, and the prophesy that it is he who will bring an end to the rule of the three asuras―Soora, Simha, and Taraka―over the three worlds and restore the king of the devas Indra to power. Kartikeya is handsome, compassionate, and while a warrior, keen also to maintain peace. In fact, he is the only rational voice in his family, his parents being more tempestuous and inclined to fly off the handle, much too easily for their own good. Kartikeya’s interest in the materialistic matter is not there, unlike Indra. His hunger for power or his ambitiousness cannot be seen anywhere if need be and if he thinks the other person is more capable, he would happily give up everything.
If you look closely, Kartikeya’s character which compromises of his prowess in war, compassion towards his enemies, gentleness, all those have been dealt in a much positive way by the author. The whole significance of his mount, Chitra the peacock, about whom a lot of people might not know, has been described. And I was rather surprised with the story since I wasn’t that sure about it and I loved it. Another side which I liked was when Kartikeya heads towards South, although what happened there is missing, he endeared himself to the people there but I don’t really know the reason behind it.
Anuja Chandramouli perfectly binds mythology, imagination, and realism in few places (as per my point of view) in a much beautiful manner. Many of us don’t really have the knowledge about Kartikeya’s story unlike Ganesha, but Anuja Chandramouli has written down a book which provides the entire tale in a much smoother manner. The writing is in a beautiful flow and everything sings together. This book, for all the mythology lovers, surely you will get hooked. I at least did and I finished this one in two days. The book cover is another attraction, without a second thought I picked it up or rather I would say, chose it. A must read for I would say, everyone.
Reviewed by : Ditsha Gupta
About the author:
Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New-Age classicist. Her previous works—Shakti: The Divine Feminine and Kamadeva: The God of Desire have been highly acclaimed. Her articles, short stories and book reviews have appeared in various publications like Femina, Women’s Era, Lonely Planet, The Hindu and The New Indian Express. An accomplished orator, Chandramouli regularly conducts storytelling sessions and workshops on creative writing, empowerment and mythology in schools, colleges and various other platforms. She is a happily married mother of two girls and is a student of classical dance and a practitioner of yoga. Chandramouli is based in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu.
Author(s): Anuja Chandramouli
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Release: November 2017
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