01 May, 2018

Kartikeya by Anuja Chandramouli - [Book Review]

Book Details:

Title : Kartikeya 
Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Genre: Mythology
Publisher : Rupa Publications India
Length of the book: 238 pages
Source: A free e-review copy from the author
Kartikeya by Anuja Chandramouli - A Book Review


Unravel the puzzle that is the mysterious and misunderstood son of Mahadeva—KARTIKEYA.
Kartikeya was born from the flames of a desperate need, an ardent desire, and an utmost devastation. In him was distilled the terrible powers of Mahadev, at its fiercest and most deadly. Although he fought many wars and slew many tyrants, yet his gifts to humanity have always been those of mercy, compassion and love. What makes this possible?
For Kartikeya, there have always been more questions than answers. Did he really walk away from his family over a piece of fruit? What about the women in his life—was he the ravisher he is at times accused of being, or the protector of women? Was he the violent warrior who revelled in bloodlust, or a gentle family man? What was his relationship with his more popular sibling, Ganesha?

Anuja Chandramouli weaves together myth, imagination, and folklore while looking to answer these questions, and recreates for modern readers the story of one of the most enigmatic gods—Kartikeya.

Purchase Link: Amazon

My Review :
This is the story of Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva. It is about the events before and after his birth, his purpose, his ability to destroy the demons like Soora padma etc.,I have read many stories about the birth of Lord Ganesha but this story is new to me. So, I enjoyed reading this book.

This is a Mythological fiction where the author tried to keep conversations between Gods very casual. Even though there is a light touch of humor and casual tone, it seemed different to me when compared to other mythological books I read. I didn't like the casual tone of this mythological story. It made me feel like the Gods are mortals too. 

Story-wise, this book covers a lot starting from the demon king Soora, his brothers to the time before the birth of Kartikeya. The vocabulary and language skills of the author are excellent but this dominates the story. Becuase of this, I didn't feel it as an easy read. 

I liked the characterization and the story. I recommend this to someone who loves mythology and want to read more about Kartikeya or Lord Murugan. But, the language might be complex for people who like light reads. 
My Rating: 4/5

PS: I have received a free e-review copy from the author in exchange for a review and this is my honest opinion on the book.

About the Author:

"Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New-Age classicist. Her previous works—Shakti: The Divine Feminine and Kamadeva: The God of Desire have been highly acclaimed. Her articles, short stories and book reviews have appeared in various publications like Femina, Women's Era, Lonely Planet, The Hindu and The New Indian Express. An accomplished orator, Chandramouli regularly conducts storytelling sessions and workshops on creative writing, empowerment and mythology in schools, colleges and various other platforms. She is a happily married mother of two girls, and is a student of classical dance and a practitioner of yoga. Chandramouli is based in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu."

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