This is the second book of Preetha Rajah Kannan I am reading. I had loved Shiva in the City of Nectar. The book and a few other blogs had inspired me to travel to Madurai during the summer vacations. So, when Jaico Publishing asked me to review this book, I was more than happy to take the offer.
The Hindu religion is full of stories. In fact, in today’s terms, I would call it mythological fantasy. Each story more fantastic than the other. There are the numerous re-tellings, and local village stories pertaining to the Gods. There is so much of religious literature in local languages that we the English readers are missing it. So, I am glad that Preetha has compiled a treasure trove of stories based upon the Tamil writings primarily from the book Sri Kandhapuranam written by Dr. Akila Sivaraman and other sources. So, is this a translation? Not really. The stories are put together following a sequence of events. Back stories are highlighted as and when a character is touched upon. Continue reading