Mythology, and fantasy based on mythological characters are genres that are quite popular in Indian Writing in English of late. Though I’ve read many authors attempting the former, very few have really made an impression. Devdutt Pattanaik has been one. Anuja Chandramouli is another author whose works I have liked reading. She was attempting mythology from usually unseen perspectives, like Arjuna or Kamadeva. I wondered how she’d handle the change from the former to the latter. Yama’s Lieutenant is a fantasy novel, with mythical elements.
“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – John Sweeney.
Growing up, we always look at someone to inspire us, to show us the path to walk on, but not how to walk on it. At first, it might be someone very dear to us, like our parents or a teacher. As we get to know stories of leaders, we try to follow in their footsteps.
I love reading thrillers that keep me at the edge of my seat. When I read the author’s earlier work, I had felt a single line from the blurb make an impact on me as a reader. That line was at the back of my mind through the read. The blurb of this book begins, “An answer to a gun is another gun. Answer to deceit is love.” It set the tone of the book well, and it made me eager to read it. First things first though. The cover art of this novel was brilliant. I loved it more than that of Goodbye Girl.
There’s something about a well written short story that charms the reader. Perhaps it is the ability to connect threads in the span of a smaller word limit, or the chance to devour a story quickly. I love reading them, and I love writing them. To connect short stories across a book, and keep the reader guessing what the next story holds, that was an interesting concept. I did not expect to get short stories connected to each other when I took up “Among the Stars” for reading. The beginning of the collection, and the common thread between the stories, made me nostalgic.
Very rarely does a book stump me and leave me contemplating on what to write about the book. There’s a story there, that’s certain. And it manages to surprise me as a reader. When I took the book to read, I thought the book would head in a certain direction, but the author does bring twist I had not expected.