When a book is part of a series, there is an inadvertent comparison to the book that precedes it. There is a basic expectation that the book will be at least as good as if not better than that preceding book. I was absolutely impressed by the first book titled ‘The Winds of Hastinapur’ in this series authored by Sharath Komarraju. It was because that it wasn’t a retelling of the Mahabharata, but a part of it from the point of view of two women in the epic. That was the USP of the book, and this second book continues that as well.
Teaching is perhaps the noblest profession. Without teachers, other professions wouldn’t be. My aunt is a teacher, and I know how much she loves her job. It really makes a difference, and I see that. I’ve wanted to read a book by a teacher, so I didn’t think too much when this book, written by a Principal, came to me for review.
Mythology is a genre I’ve grown up reading or hearing stories from; especially Indian mythology. The tales of the Kauravas and Pandavas, Krishna, devas and daityas, gods and goddesses… they were my bedtime stories. The avatars of the gods also came into the picture, and I remember not just hearing stories from the Ramayana, but also watching the serial on television. So reading a retelling of the book began with the expectation that the magic of the original would be retained.