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I came across novels of Kavita Kane every now and then but this is the first time I got my hands on her latest novel ‘Lanka’s Princess’

Kavita Kane bravely picked up the most difficult character to narrate the events of Ramayana. Story of Surpanakha was shrouded in mystery throughout the epic. Author did a beautiful job of connecting all dots and filling the gaps with her vivid imagination. One unique element of the novel is the depiction of all shades of feminism, joy and warmth of jovial girl, agony and pain of hurt woman. This novel is a blend of all recognizable-unrecognizable human emotions.

All we know about Surpanakha from the theaters and TV serials that she was an ugly & lustful witch who completely enamored by handsome Lord Ram. Lakshman sliced her nose when she started forcing him to marry her. She went to Ravan, her eldest brother, asking for revenge, instigating him hurting his ego. This started a chain reaction which finally ended with the demise of Ravan and his Lanka.

This book tread different path of Surpankha’s life, the feminine side. How a child was undermined in her family, ill-treated by her own mother. How a passionate girl fell in love with an enemy and how the same girl turned into a ruthless revenge seeker. There is one another seldom mentioned lady of Ramayana who gets good amount of pages in this novel – Mandodri. I wanted to read more about her but settled with the thought that the book was about Meenakshi.

Meenakshi, youngest child born from the wedlock of a rishi Vishravas and asur Kaikesi, experienced her mother’s hatred throughout her childhood. This hatred transformed Meenakshi into Surpanakha, one who is hard as nails. Her elder brother, mighty Ravan stole all limelight forcing her to live as unwanted child in her own family. She finds solace only in embrace of her father and in soft words of Kumbhakarna.

Lord Krishna in dwapar yug narrates the story to kubja Trivarka. Story of love, war and betrayal, story of Treta yug when He was Lord Ram and she was Surpanakha.

Lanka’s Princess is a fast paced novel with a simple yet effective language. Short and crisp chapters will push you to keep on turning the page.

One and probably the only thing I didn’t liked about this novel is too much feminism. I believed that some of the events are exaggerated to give a black & white contrast. Specially with Ravan, I don’t think he was that evil. Our epics never portray black & white, there is always a grey shade to all personalities. I felt some back-of-the-mind biasing with the character sketch of some of the important characters of the novel.

All in all, good read if you enjoy Indian epics. This novel has capability of getting you to the depth of Ramayana.

‘I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’

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The Secret of the Druids is an exceptional novel with well researched story. It is like a big magical cauldron, mixing a perfect cocktail of mythology, history and legends.

This third installment of the Mahabharata Series will take you on a journey of Julius Caeser and beyond, into the mystical times of Druids and ancient India. How roots of ancient Indian civilization spanned across the planet creating Gods and Goddesses. How Immortal glory of our ancient past lived among the legends and stories of the lands across the sea.

Doyle’s scientifically detailed and almost accurate explanation of the secret will dwell in your mind, making sure that you conduct your own research on it. Trust me when I say, you will be enthralled with the revelations of the secret. He has left plenty of dots scattered all along for us to connect.

Vijay and team played the cat and mouse game with the mysterious and mighty ‘The Order’ against time, which I think made some part of the book predictable. Yet, there was a clear effort to bring new adventure by introducing new characters on both the side.

The only part I disliked was the injustice done with some of the key characters of the book. Characters like Radha, Kurt Wallace, Dee deserved more story space and background. Fate of some of them are even left to a cliffhanger without any hint of closure.

All in all, The Secret Of The Druids is a must read for people who love legends, mythologies and mysteries.

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All my fears washed away instantaneously, excitement filling its place. Like a small kid who found a new toy to play I started moving swiftly to the all sides of the cube to see all my memories. I was thrilled seeing it all. All of my life, my pride, my success, my regrets on everything. I was crying and smiling simultaneously, crashing on the floor exhausted by the overwhelming emotions brimming out of my eyes. The ceiling above me is now shining like a bright sky filled with stars.

“But where is the moon, why can’t I see Her?” I asked myself and started searching for my most desirable memories fanatically all around me. Her memories are no where to be found. I closed my eyes to find her, nothing but darkness.

“You are wasting your energy finding her here.” a little guy again materialized in my head,
“and stop calling me little guy, I am bigger than your grasp and imagination. Who do you think is pulling this show here”.

“OK, I apologize”, I plead to him in effort to make peace. “But please tell me why can’t I embrace her memories when this is only thing I yearn for.”

“Because you locked her up in a box and hid it in the deepest and darkest part of your mind. She is not free; you are suffocating her by holding too tight. You need to free her, so that she can come to you.”

He was right; it’s been 2 years already since I had any kind of interaction with her but never felt that she is away. I contemplated that I am incapable of embracing her memories and it can only bring ache.

“This is a self-inflicted pain that you are experiencing. You are the reason of all your miseries. Let her memories fly like she always wanted, it will bring serenity and peace to you. You must smile to feel the warmth and tenderness of her smile.”

My vision started getting blurred by the tears now filling my eyes. Voices and images started floating in the glass room filling it rapidly. I understood now, I was not imprisoned in that room, it was just that I pushed everything else to make place for her but never had guts to filled it, therefore living in a void space all this time. Glass boundaries started fading and the intensity of the yellowish tinge started increasing creating bright white light. I smiled and close my eyes as I dived into it.

“Hey, Bro. Wake up, it’s too late now. What happened to you?”, my room partner was shaking me violently.

I woke up and in the end found my self shirtless in the balcony of my flat. I asked him, “What exactly happened?”

“I don’t know, You were drinking lots of wine puffing lots of weed shouting that you will end world hunger and save the world from global warming and instantly went into the trance state. I thought you are asleep only to find you here in the morning. You were smiling and blabbering gibberish. Why you do such things?”

“Sometimes the only way to find yourself is to get completely lost.” I peacefully smiled at him and started picking bottles to find the leftovers.

The End

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Plot: 4/5

Characters: 3/5

Writing Style: 4/5

Climax: 3/5

Entertainment Meter: 4/5

Unique in its own way, Svaha is a blend of rich Indian mythology and a super hero’s saga. After reading about Thor of Norse mythology and Zeus of Greek mythology finally we have a superhero from our own Indian mythology. It is a fictional story woven around the folk tales and Indian myths of our childhood.

Slash, young reckless naive girl found herself in middle of the grand plan of humanity’s destruction. However, she has a guardian angel on her shoulder, indestructible Soldier X. Flying man in a leather jacket who is cool in his own way.
There is no particular villain, but yes several very important characters. Some of turn try to open the portal between the two worlds to unleash one of the most feared villain of Indian mythology.

There are several sub-plots in midst of the story which creates a larger picture on the whole. Major Khanna from FORCE ONE, Paramacharya of the Trimbak math, The Council and The Deus Corp all trying to exploit the opportunity and achieve their own agenda. The key piece to save the world is ‘The Chosen One’ with Angel on her shoulder.

Can Slash save the world from destruction? Who exactly is Soldier X? Why is He helping Slash?
Pratik did a wonderful job, narrating the whole story in a short and crisp chapters. He avoided the details, which I personally don’t like but way he carried away the whole story with so many sub-plots is admirable. Backdrop of the protagonists and the antagonists are beautifully explained. He built the sense of excitement and suspense which is flawless.

Book ends on a cliffhanger with some loose ends clearly indicating the forthcoming sequels.

With ‘Svaha’, Pratik started an altogether new genre of Indian superhero writing which was long-awaited.

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