Sunday, 29 April 2018

BookReview:Kartikeya by Anuja Chandramouli

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Title: Kartikeya
Author:Anuja Chandramouli
Published by: Rupa publications
Published on: 30.11.17
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-8129149114


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 to humanity 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 revelled in bloodlust, 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.


The cover page of the book is very beautiful and attractive. It has a very beautiful image of Lord Kartikeya. The background colour is blue and the cover page is very colourful. It is very eye catchy and I really liked it a lot.


Kartikeya by Anuja Chandramouli is a very beatiful and an interesting tale which revolves around the life of the God Kartikeya, about his birth and various other things. I read about him only in Amar Chitra Katha that too not in so much depth but this book by Anuja Chandramouli is a masterpiece which reveals a lot of information about him.

The book is written in a beautiful manner in a simple and easy language which is very powerful and lyrical. This is the third book which I read of the author and I love her writing style a lot. The book is so well researched making it a very powerfulread.The plot of the book is very tightly bound and I feltas if Iwasn't reading a book rather watching it.

The characters of the story are very well developed and discussed in detail. Ireally liked the character of Paravati a lot. All the conversations between the characters are very well focused. The events i the book are very well described and in written in a detailed manner which made me visualise a lot.The battle scenes are especially described in a vivid manner. The emotions are also expressed in a marvelous manner and a reader can easily empathise. It was a really interesting for me to read about the Gods and the Asuras.

Overall,  a very powerful, an insightful and an interesting read. I enjoyed reading it a lot. I would highly recommend this to all the mythology lovers.

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Anuja Chandramouli

Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine are her other bestsellers. Currently all three books are being translated into Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi and Bengali, a real achievement for one so young. Her epic fantasies called Yama’s Lieutenant and its sequel has received an overwhelming response.
Her newest books are on Kartikeya, Padmavati and Prithviraj Chauhan. 
An accomplished orator, she regularly conducts workshops on Creative Writing, Story Telling and Mythology in schools, colleges and various other platforms. Her motivational speeches have also been well received. According to Chandramouli, her work with youngsters in the rural belt helping them improve their Spoken English and Writing skills has been wonderfully satisfying and enriching. 
This happily married, mother of two little girls, lives in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She is a student of classical dance and Yoga. 
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* I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange of a review.

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