Books on Mahabharat

Books on Mahabharat

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Mahabharat is one of the great ‘itihaasas‘ or histories of Indian culture.  The other being Ramayana.  Is it real or not,  I am not the expert.  But it is an amazing story.  The Mahabharat is supposed to hold the answer to all our problems.  It deals with a multitude of issues, dilemmas, lessons.  If it could be a soap,  it will last for centuries.  It has stories and then backstories,  then backstories for the backstories.  Which has been aptly reflected in the book Forest of Stories by Ashok Banker.  I can remember my mother quoting so often from the Mahabharat when faced with a dire situation.  Like if we lost a dear one.  Mom will immediately say,  Draupadi survived the death of her 5 young sons, we will too.

Yudhishthir who is the epitome of righteousness had still made many mistakes even though he walked the prescribed path and never deviated from Dharma.   Krishna who is God also commits cheating but he justifies saying it was the only way to win the war.  He tells us to focus on the ultimate goal and not on the means to achieve the goal.  There is no preaching in the book.  Every character is flawed.  And many more.

Almost all Indians are familiar with the Mahabharat thanks to TV Serials of the same name.  Books retelling the Mahabharat have been around for centuries.  Every story has its own elements, spiced with local flavours.   It is the ultimate book of war between cousins for gaining power, to become the King.

Another of my favourites is Randamoozham by M T Vasudevan Nair.  It is in Malayalam and has an English translation.  But the translation is terrible and so not included in this list.

But here,  I am selecting three books which have different takes.   Continue reading

Zero to Hero  #zero

Zero to Hero #zero

mathematics-1660863_1280Zero sat in a corner of the room looking at his cheery mates.  They all looked so purposeful.  They had some value.  Even teeny weeny One looked arrogant.  He looked down his nose to peer at Zero, making him cower.  The thought brought back a fresh set of tears.  Zero sobbed into the shadows.  He was here first.  But that statement is itself contradictory.  When he was nothing,  how can nothing be first?  Maybe these numbers are correct.  he is really nothing.

Something hit Zero.  He looked up to see the regal Nine.  He was holding a set of darts.  Six, his cousin was by his side.  A few numbers younger than Nine but with all the characteristics of Nine but in reverse,  they made a perfect pair.

The only human,  Aryabhatta sat in another corner of the room, unaware of the goings on behind him.  Zero wanted to shout, call him out, fight with him.  But he was nothing.  How could nothing fight with someone?  Another fresh set of tears. Continue reading

Book Blitz : With You I Dance by Aarti V Raman

Book Blitz : With You I Dance by Aarti V Raman

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With You I Dance
by
Aarti V Raman

 

Blurb

Meera Sagar had everything—the perfect job as a principal ballerina (for a prestigious New York ballet company) and a man who loved her as much as she loved him. But tragedy struck on the night before her biggest performance, forcing her to do the one thing she never wanted to do—come back home. To Mumbai.

Now, a year later, Meera is still trying to pick up the pieces, while fending off marriage proposals from her well-meaning but traditional Gujarati family, and figure life out all over again. By starting a ballet school in Mumbai. But she has two problems. One, she doesn’t know anything about running a business. And two, she can’t dance. Not anymore.

Enter . . .
Abeer Goswami. Hotshot junior partner at a South Bombay law firm and a man nursing a broken heart. When he meets Meera again, the woman who left him, he tries his hardest to be her friend, to help her . . . and not let the past get in the way.

And then . . .
There is the sexy Zoya Sehgal. Meera’s only friend in the city and the woman Abeer is currently seeing. They say triangles have pointy edges, for a reason. Will Meera find a new dream in her ballet school? Can Abeer and Meera find their way back to each other again? And, most important, has Meera danced for the last time?

With you I dance is a warm, funny, at times heart-rending, love story of second chances, true love, and finding yourself when your dearest dream has vanished.
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Aarti V Raman is an established novelist in the romantic thriller genre (White Knight, Kingdom Come) with her third book, a contemporary romance titled “With You I Dance” out soon with Fingerprint Publishing.

29 years old, she graduated from Mumbai University in 2007 with a degree in Mass Media focused on Journalism, which provided her the perfect background for conducting sound research on any project. She then went on to study Creative and Professional Writing at Deakin University in Melbourne for post-graduation in 2008. It was there that she learned to hone her craft and lifelong ambition of writing romances that had strong characters and stronger stories that remained etched in the reader’s minds.

While waiting for her big break, Aarti pursued commercial writing and gained a vast amount of knowledge (from fishing tackle to soft toys) that she claims have helped her with molding better stories. Her first novel “White Knight” was published by Leadstart in 2012 and gave her the impetus to continue writing. In 2013, her work was excerpted in the Tamil Edition of Mills and Boon novels. And in 2014, her short story “Post-Coital Cigarette” was chosen to be part of the Rupa Romance Anthology “An Atlas of Love” curated by bestselling author Anuja Chauhan.

Her latest novel “Kingdom Come” (Harlequin MIRA) has enjoyed a brief stay at the bestseller lists in Amazon India. Her work is represented by Red Ink Literary Agency, Delhi. And very recently, she was a speaker and panellist at the Goa Arts and Literary Fest 2014, Vth Edition.

She is currently expanding her skill set to include copy editing, content marketing, and creative writing workshop that help her explore the wonderful world of words in various forms.

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No Safe Zone

No Safe Zone

no-safe-zoneAs a bride, when I entered my matrimonial home,  surrounded by strangers, to say I was nervous and scared is an understatement.  Being from a region very different from the new home,  I did not know what to expect.  At 23,  there were only stars in my eyes.  I longed for an ideal home,  just like my own home.  But now this was home.

One of my husband’s cousin’s wife had taken over the kitchen.  Just a few years older than me,  she was a champion.  Doling out regular cups of tea and coffee, snacks and dinner,  she worked round the clock,  with a smile.

I could only imagine myself in the future at some other cousin’s wedding going through the motions.  I felt it was no safe zone.  Not like my home, tch tch.. mom’s home.

Then I saw my husband, sitting in a group, laughing away at jokes and being teased by the cousins.  I sought him.  At that moment,  he looked up and our eyes met.  With the slightest motion of his head,  he acknowledged me.  I knew then,  that everything will be alright.  He will be my pillar of strength in this world.

 

Have you ever faced a moment like that?  where you could instantly connect with someone?

 

She walks, she leads by Gunjan Jain

She walks, she leads by Gunjan Jain

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Author : Gunjan Jain
Version : Hard copy
Genre : Biography, Inspiration

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Author website : www.GunjanJain.com

Pages : 556

 

 

 

The book She Walks, She Leads is quite an attention grabber.  With its red hardback cover with golden letters,  it is instantly attractive.  To add to that it is also bulky.  I love bulky books. It does look good on the shelf.   Continue reading